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Staying “in the Clay”

Associate Spotlight Mary Helen Rowland “All through my 28 years as a potter, God has helped me stay in the clay even through the busy-ness of life,” says Mary Helen (Call) Rowland, a second-generation Springfield Dominican Associate who lives in Weston, Va., and travels frequently to her hometown, Springfield, Ill. Through the years she has …

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Sister Kelly Moline Professes Perpetual Vows with Dominican Sisters of Springfield

By mid-day on Sunday, August 8, 2021, a defining moment of Sister Kelly Moline’s life had come and gone. Beyond that moment, what follows is a lifelong commitment to her vows of consecration to God as a Dominican Sister of Springfield. That, of course, is not a small or simple thing. As our Dominican Brother …

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Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, OP

Of the 10 Children Joe and Louise Sobieck raised in Sauk Rapids, Minn., Sister Mary Jo was their youngest. Brothers Greg, Tim, Willie, Bob, and Charlie, and sisters Tina, Paula, Geri, and Meg have each lived an itinerant lifestyle all their own before returning to make a home among family and friends. Only Sister Mary …

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Sister Marcelline Koch, OP

Sister Marcelline Koch’s parents were Helen and William Koch of Mt. Sterling, Ill. When she entered the community after high school graduation there was already a Sister Marcelline from Mt. Sterling in the community, so she was not able to keep her own name. She was given the religious name Sister Mary Marcille when she …

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Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP

Sister Janet Marie Pfile was born to Vi and William Pfile in Decatur in 1941. When she entered the novitiate in 1960 her religious name was Sister Maria del Rey though she later reverted to her baptismal name. Her younger sister, Judith would join her in Dominican life two years later. Sister Janet Marie’s early …

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Five Ways to Promote a Culture of Vocations

The word vocation comes from the Latin vocare—to call. It is no secret that every baptized person is called by God to respond to this call that started with baptism. But how? Where? When? For what purpose? These are the questions of a lifetime. They are among the most important questions Christians discern, pray about, …

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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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Sisters for the Life of the World

Image from DCI Teamwork event in Houston, TX in 2019. People who know us well say that we Springfield Dominican Sisters are effective ministers and powerful pray-ers, hospitable and down-to-earth folks. They see us as leaders in places where God’s people are alive and thriving. We have a broad reach across Illinois, the lower 48 …

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