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Healing the World

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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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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Sisters Get Voters to the Polls with Phone Bank

[ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”17″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_basic_slideshow” gallery_width=”490″ gallery_height=”385″ cycle_effect=”fade” cycle_interval=”15″ show_thumbnail_link=”1″ thumbnail_link_text=”[View All Photos]” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Springfield Dominican Sisters called people to do their civic duty and vote in the Illinois primary election on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. That is, they literally called. The sisters met with Meg Evans and Molly Parker from Faith Collation …

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Dominican Literacy Center
Responds to Increased Call
for Citizenship Education

This story was written by Sister Geraldine Kemper, OP, and originally published in JUST Words, Vol. 17, No. 3. “You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you: …love the alien as yourself: for you too were once aliens…” –Leviticus 19:33-34 Fear and anxiety have risen throughout …

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Dominican Literacy Center
Responds to Call for Citizenship Education

“You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you: …love the alien as yourself: for you too were once aliens…” –Leviticus 19:33-34 Fear and anxiety have risen throughout immigrant communities in the U.S. under the current administration. The president’s January 25, 2017, executive order, commonly called “the …

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Teaching Earth’s Healing Power:
Sister Sharon Zayac, OP

This article by Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, was first published in JUST Words, in 2008. As preachers, the first thing we acknowledge is that we do not heal Earth. We do not have the power, the breadth of knowledge, nor often the will. Earth is actually self-healing, just as she is self-educating, self-nourishing, and self-governing. …

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