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Justice & Peace

A Historical Journey on the Civil Rights Trail

By Alexis Williams My husband Rickey and I recently traveled to Alabama to visit family, staying in Montgomery in the heart of civil rights history. We embarked on a journey through some poignant chapters of this era. As African Americans, we felt compelled to pay homage to the tragedies and triumphs of this time. The …

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Healing & Reconciling: Dominican Justice Promoters Meeting 2023

By Sister Marcelline Koch, OP The North American Dominican Justice Promoters were delighted to gather June 13-16, 2023, for their first in-person meeting in three years. Casa Iskali Retreat Center in Des Plaines, Ill, provided a comfortable and welcoming space. Recognizing that we all are part of something larger than ourselves, the group heard from …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Applaud Accountability to Native Peoples

Last week a list of Native boarding schools affiliated with the Catholic Church was made public by Catholic Truth & Healing, a collaborative group of archivists, historians, concerned Catholics, and tribal members, who compiled and refined this resource to help facilitate access to information for survivors of Native boarding schools, their descendants, and Tribal Nations.  …

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Peru: Take Action to Stop the Violence

Please pray and take action on behalf of the people of Peru. Our Dominican Sisters of Springfield serving in Lima and Jarpa, Peru have asked for our attention and prayer. Sister Betty Vila Alania sent a message this week and the Maryknoll Sisters who also have a presence in Peru ask for signatures on a …

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“It is not safe anywhere”—Stories from the Dominican Family in Myanmar

On an early December morning in Central Illinois, 100 Dominicans from around the globe were virtually to hear from their Dominican brothers and sisters in Myanmar. By now accustomed to the standard operation of such electronic gatherings, while the speakers addressed the causes of conflict and enumerated the tragedies of displacement, mass executions, and institutional …

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The Power of Education, Spirituality, and Psychological Support In Myanmar

The Impact of COVID on Education Schools were closed in 2020 due to spreading of COVID19. After seizing power, the military jun­ta tried to open schools in 2021 but was not successful because most of the teachers refused to collaborate with them and students didn’t enroll for classes. This year too, though the military government …

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“Thank you for your continual prayers”: Unrest in Peru leads to death, destabilization

Sister Mila Díaz Solano, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s leadership team, provided an update for the sisters and associates on the difficult situation in Peru, her home nation and a place of ministry for the congregation since 1965. Sister Mila Diaz Solano “As of today (December 14), seven people have died due …

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How the Dominicans are Responding in Myanmar

Our Response to the Humanitarian Crisis With the donation received from the different communities of our Province and from the friends of the Friars both local and foreign, we, Myanmar Dominicans, have been able to respond to the humanitarian crisis under the following categories since 2022. Food Relief Since March 2021, Fr. Paul Aung Myint …

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Peru Unrest: Dominican Sisters of Springfield Support Call of Peru’s Religious Sisters and Brothers for Rule of Law, Peace,
and Stability

Today the Dominican Sisters of Springfield in Peru and the United States affirm their support for a statement by the Conference of Religious Men and Women of Peru and pray for a peace in Peru during these critical days. Yesterday, December 7, 2022, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield in Lima alerted their sisters in North …

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What Does it Mean to Live in Myanmar Now?

As a result of the fast spreading of civil war, the civilians had to flee for safety either to the jungle or to other villages or towns considered safer. In the conflict zones, the military forces would shoot anyone found in the streets and arrest anyone caught de­livering food supplies to the displaced people. Many …

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Who are the Dominicans that are in Myanmar?

FRIARS Myanmar is a country located in the western portion of mainland Southeast Asia, with a population of 53 million persons. It was formerly called Burma, has an ancient Buddhist tradition and contains many small ethnics groups. The Catholic population is less than 4%, or around 2 million persons. The presence of the Province of …

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End the Violence, Change the Systems, Transform Ourselves: A Pledge in the aftermath of the Mass Shooting in Colorado Springs

Springfield, Ill.—In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Colorado Springs on November 19, the elected leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield today reaffirmed their opposition to exclusion and violence and pledged to work together with members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to halt the cycle of violence and initiate a path …

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Fanning the Flames of Hope: Dominican Sisters in Assembly

The joy of being together in the same space is one way the Dominican Sisters of Springfield fan the flame of hope. They were most recently together during General Assembly, a time of conversation, prayer, and communal study held in June 2022. The annual three-day meeting, held at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill., brought most …

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