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Reality through Another’s Eyes: Poems for Peacemaking

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020-2021 Edition of JUST Words. Interested in receiving your own copy of JUST Words? Sign-up here for the print or digital versions.  By: Sister Patricia Stark, OP Sister Patricia lives at Sacred Heart Convent and participated in Sister Mila’s course on the prophets. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Recently, Springfield Dominican Sister …

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How Catholic Sisters Help Survivors Thrive!

Human trafficking is a $150 billion business. As a member of Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield are part of a global network working to end this dehumanizing criminal enterprise. In this webinar you will hear from Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, a Springfield Dominican Sister and director of Bethany House, a Chicago …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Respond to Verdict of Derek Chauvin Trial

A Statement from the Leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield Regarding the Verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial   For the loved ones of George Floyd, the people of Minnesota, and all people bent under the weight of systemic racism, yesterday’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial was a graced reminder that the …

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Feeding Hungers: A Catholic Sisters Week Reflection

“If you can’t breathe nothing else matters” says a friend of the Dominican Sisters who is a respiratory therapist. Other physiological needs are equally important. If you can’t breathe, if you are physically hungry, if you are cold, tired, and without shelter, there is little else you can be attentive to. When needs for safety, …

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Dominican Women at the United Nations: Changing the Narrative One Story at a Time

For many years the world-wide Dominican Family has had representatives at the United Nations, in New York and Geneva, to amplify the voices of the people we accompany in every corner of the globe. Later this month, at the end of the two-week annual UN assembly of the Commission on the Status of Women, the …

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Pope Francis Visits Iraq:
March 5-8, 2021

School faculty in Qaraqosh, Iraq, 2018. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, planned for March 5-8, 2021. A prayer composed for the occasion asks for blessings on Pope Francis’ efforts to promote dialogue, reconciliation, peace, and human dignity. To this end, during the 3-day journey visits are scheduled …

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March 5-8, 2021
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Active Nonviolence: To Celebrate, Contemplate, and Live

This article was originally published in the Winter 2020-2021 Edition of JUST Words. Susan M. Hickman is a Springfield Dominican associate and a member of the sisters’ Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee. Recently I was privileged to participate in a Pax Christi United Kingdom workshop on nonviolence. The sessions took place over five …

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“A Girl Can Be Sold Over and Over…” the Haunting Truth about Human Trafficking

It was in September 2003 when our Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee first shared a resource unit on human trafficking with our sisters. In the years since then, I’ve heard and read many stories of exploitation and violence related to the sale and trading of human beings that seem unbelievable in their total …

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Contemplative Dialogue and How It Works

We know that these are challenging times for conversation about the crisis facing our democracy. Are you at a loss about where to begin with a values-based, non-violent dialogue? Are you concerned about how to recover our sense of justice, unity, and trust after events in our nation’s capitol this month? We have some resources …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Respond to Nation’s Crisis

There is hope when the nation acknowledges it failings and pledges to renew a sacred commitment to the common good. The social justice office and the leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield issued a statement today pledging their prayer, energies, and “collective desire for national healing and renewal” in a statement issued today responding …

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Five things to know about Catholic Sisters and Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Catholic Sisters are at the forefront of the struggle to prevent human trafficking and defend the dignity of 40.3 million people who are in forced labor, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude worldwide. Here are Five things to know about Catholic Sisters’ work to prevent …

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Sister Denise Joins A Nun’s Life for Advent Evening Prayer

This Advent season in a time of pandemic is an invitation to make an opening for God to be present in our lives! Sister Denise’s powerful preaching during A Nun’s Life livestreaming Advent evening prayer on Monday, December 9, 2020 is something to revisit again and again during the Advent season. Make some time today …

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Dominican Month for Peace: War, Repression and Displacement in Ukraine

In the aftermath of the April 2014 Ukrainian revolution, the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and protests by Russian-backed separatist groups, fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of East Ukraine (collectively called the “Donbass”) has been ongoing. Hundreds of citifies and settlements have been captured by Russian-led troops. According to the office …

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Dominican Month for Peace: Ukraine

After three years of demonstrating global Dominican solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are working to bring hope in situations of violence and war, the Dominican Month for Peace has now become a regular part of the annual program of our Dominican Family. We started with a Latin American focus on Colombia in 2017. …

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