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Hidden Ministries

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

A (Hidden) Ministry Within a Ministry

“You can do so much with a card!” ~ Sister Mary Francella Vyverman, OP Sister Mary Francella has been a pastoral minister for decades. Her experience has taught her how important the littlest gestures are for people who feel isolated and alone. That’s why she encourages you to send cards to your extended family, people …

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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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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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