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Dominican Religious Life: An Historical Perspective

This article by Sister Susan Karina Dickey, OP, first appeared in the Fall 2017 JUST Words under the title Rehabilitating Dominican Religious Life: An Historical Perspective. Something new One of the memorable things about St. Dominic was his willingness to try something new while borrowing and adapting from the past. For example, the idea of …

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A Place in the Chapel

by Sister Kathleen Anne Tait, OP, Director of Mission Advancement, Dominican Sisters of Springfield The light streaming through the windows of our motherhouse chapel radiates the warmth of God’s love. That light also reminds us of the generations of sisters and associates and friends who have prayed in this space and discovered that love. Today …

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“Forget Yourself
And Think of Others”
Volunteering and Jesus’ Mission

This story by Sister Geraldine Kemper, OP,  first appeared in JUST Words, Winter 2018. Many organizations depend on volunteers to achieve their mission. What motivating force compels someone to volunteer time, knowledge, energy, and love? Pope Francis said during an audience last March, “Love and charity are service, helping others, serving others. There are many …

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And Think of Others”
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God is good!
Dominican Associate
Enlarges the Circle of Compassion

When Alexis Williams became a Dominican associate candidate, her world view was already aligned with the values of justice and peace promoted by the Dominicans of Springfield. Understanding the moral imperative to be generous with the blessings she had received, Alexis responded to an announcement at her parish, St Irenaeus, Park Forest, Ill., about the …

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Dominican Associate
Enlarges the Circle of Compassion
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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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Responds to Call for Citizenship Education
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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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Sister Sharon Zayac, OP
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