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Hidden Ministries

Stories about the quiet ways Springfield Dominicans respond to God’s mission for the life of the world

Sister Maxine Riker: Healer, Preacher, Reconciler

This week Father Gerry Kleba, retired pastor of St. Cronan’s Parish, St. Louis, contacted me about his long-ago friend, our Sister Maxine Riker. When I shared the news that Sister Maxine died in 2015, he replied by sharing this story, which we publish with his permission. His friend Charlene, who is central to this story …

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Finding Hope in Isolation:
Springfield Dominicans Open Hands,
Hearts During Global Pandemic

About the photo: Sister Linda Hayes sews surgical masks at St. Rose Convent in Springfield. You can’t grasp hope “Hope isn’t anything you can grasp,” Sister Kelly said, pausing for a thought then adding “It has to be received.” Then, as she stretched out her hands and looked at them, you could see the insight …

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Springfield Dominicans Open Hands,
Hearts During Global Pandemic
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Sister Martha Carmody:
Ministry by Snail Mail

Sister Martha Carmody has been a Springfield Dominican Sister since 2000. She taught elementary school students for many years, and still has a heart for children, often welcoming them to activities at Sacred Heart Convent (as above). She is now the life enrichment coordinator at Sacred Heart Convent and frequently works as a receptionist there. …

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Ministry by Snail Mail
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Sister Jean Patrice: Supporting Safe Place for Students

One of my hidden ministries is working with students from Safe Place, a support group for any Marian Catholic High School students who identify as  LBGTQ+ or students who have family members or friends who are LBGTQ+. I was a founding supporter of Safe Place. Nationwide, LBGQT+ teens have the highest rate of suicide attempts …

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Sister Kristin Crawford’s tapestry of service, prayer, and healing

Finding art everywhere I’ve always been a collector of the odd and beautiful bits of nature: sparking stones, gnarled branches, shells, feathers…. Hopefully that childlike love of the extra-ordinary carries through in the act of creating. I’d call myself a “found artist.” A scripture verse, line of poetry, or beautiful scene inspires me to try …

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