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Dominican Justice Promoters: Oppose U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Sister Marcelline Koch Signs National Call To Keep U.S. in Global Agreement About the photo: Dominicans at COP25. From left, Sister Cecilia Espinella, Laurence Blattmer, Sister Marcella Zambrano, Father Xavier Gomez. A strongly-worded letter to delegates attending this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Geneva includes the signature of Springfield Dominican Sister Marcelline Koch, who …

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Springfield Dominican Leadership Expresses Dismay over U.S.
Pull-out of Climate Agreement

Among 1300 Catholic Sisters Nationwide to raise voices against harmful climate policies The leaders of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield join the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in expressing dismay over the start of the Trump Administration’s formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, signed on to by nearly 200 nations in 2015. Echoing …

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Climate Justice: A Statement by Justice and Peace Leaders You Need to Read

Sister Marcelline Koch, OP was one of the signatories of a statement by the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace about taking action to counter climate change. The statement went out to all the Dominican communities noting the extreme possibility if no action is taken: droughts, migrations, strange weather phenomena. The statement gives a proposed …

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Three Things You Can Do to Help People in Detention on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Every day we learn more about the appalling conditions facing children, women, and men in detention centers along our southern border. The situation is unconscionable. If you are like me, you might feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by the images of children and adults housed in overcrowded filthy conditions, conditions that fail to respect their dignity …

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Seeking the Global Common Good:
Seeing, Connecting, and Sustaining
Life-giving Change

This story was first published in the Fall 2018 edition of JUST Words. Passions for justice Among my Springfield Dominican Sisters there are many varied passions for justice. A quick review of the community directory brings to mind certain sisters who are passionate about or ministerialy engaged with the following concerns: immigration reform access to …

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How are YOU a Neighbor?

This story, co-written by Sister Beth Murphy and Mr. Leroy Jordan, first appeared in the February 10, 2019 issue of the Springfield State-Journal Register. The Governing magazine report that discusses income disparity and segregation in Springfield was all the talk at a recent meeting of the Springfield Dominican Antiracism Team (SDART). What a discouraging message …

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Watch Sister Bernadette’s Live Comedy Show!

LIVE! Watch Sister Bernadette’s #Comedy #Standup NOW! #StandupComedy@RosaryAurora https://t.co/mbMSMIIbUc — Springfield OP (@springfieldop) February 8, 2019 You asked for it, and you got it! Sister Bernadette McGuire will tell jokes live at 11 a.m. this Friday, February 8! Watch her on Facebook Live, Twitter or Instagram. https://www.facebook.com/springfieldop/ https://twitter.com/springfieldop https://www.instagram.com/springfieldop/ You asked for it, and you …

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Sisters to the Land

Limited space! Registration received after February 20 will be on a waiting list. We will contact you when a space becomes available. Register today! Directions Jubilee Farm is located just 3.8 miles west of Veteran’s Parkway in Springfield, IL. (Note: we are not located in New Berlin) Mailing Address: 6760 Old Jacksonville Road, New Berlin, …

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International Migrants Day

Today is International Migrants Day.   People are fleeing record violence in Central America, crossing thousands of miles in nearly unimaginable conditions to seek asylum in the United States.  We can respect their right to migrate and welcome them while having a secure border. The militarization of the southern border is a waste of taxpayer dollars …

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“People are Frightened for their Children”

An NPR Illinois Interview with Sister Marcelline Koch. Sister Marcelline Koch, standing center, above, invites US citizens to do two things when it comes to grasping what’s happening at the US-Mexico border: See the immigrants as people who are frightened for their children. Do the analysis necessary to understand why mothers and fathers are compelled …

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How did we get here? Power, Shame—and at Long Last, Mercy

This essay was first published in the August 26, 2018 edition of the Springfield State Journal-Register, in the Beliefs column,  for which Sister Beth Murphy writes regularly. How many tears have been spilled over the latest scandal in the Catholic Church? It is deeply disturbing, painful beyond imagining, to think of the thousands of children …

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Re-membering the Body of Christ

This essay first appeared in the June 3, 2018, edition of the Springfield State Journal-Register, in the Beliefs column, to which Sister Beth Murphy is a frequent contributor. Tu eres mi otro yo. You are my other self. It was Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas speaking, the pastor of St. Mark’s in El Paso, Texas, who last …

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Dominican Sisters Launch Ministry of Mutual Support for Women

  Springfield, Ill.—At a time when women are finding their voices and creating a wave of energy that offers hope for positive change in U.S. culture and in the Catholic Church, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have launched a new ministry of mutual support for young women who seek to be a part of the …

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New Director: Jubilee Farm is a Place to Care for and Reverence the Land

Springfield, Ill.—Sister Rose Marie Riley, the new director for Jubilee Farm, says she is looking forward to continuing the long Springfield Dominican tradition of holding the eco-spirituality center’s 164 acres as a “place to care for and reverence the land and all of the creatures who inhabit it.” Sister Rose Marie, who begins her new …

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