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A Springfield Tradition Returns: Churches Reconvene for Good Friday Way of the Cross

Springfield, Ill.—For the first time since Good Friday 2019, an ecumenical group of Springfield faith communities will gather in front of the State Supreme Court Building on Good Friday, April 15, to begin the Good Friday Way of the Cross, an annual event in Springfield for more than 30 years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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A Message from the Dominican Sisters and Friars in Ukraine

Hours before Russia began its invasion of Ukraine this message was received by Dominicans around the world from our Ukrainian Dominican Sisters and Brothers.  This morning further news arrived from Sister Pilar Barrio, European Coordinator of Dominican Sisters International, that members of a Spain-based congregation of sisters with a mission in Ukraine have left their …

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The Dominican Family in Myanmar Needs Your Help

Our Dominican Family in Myanmar needs your prayer and action today. Since the military coup there on February 1 the country has been in chaos, with a brutal crackdown on dissent and attempts to silence the country’s media. On Nov. 11 the United Nations Security Council issued a rare, unanimous call for an immediate end …

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How St. Catherine of Siena Healed the World

Catherine Benincasa was born in mid-14th century Tuscany, a plague-ridden, economically and politically unstable time—much like our own. She and her twin sister were the 23rd and 24th children in a prosperous family of 25 children of Lapa and Jacopo di Benincasa, wool dealers. By the time Catherine died at the age of 33 in …

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Indigenous Peoples Day 2021: The Both/And of Truth

Confused about which Federal holiday we are observing today? You are forgiven. The answer is that we are observing two Federal holidays October 11, 2021: The first-ever Federally recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND the seemingly forever-observance of Columbus Day. On Friday last week President Joseph Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day AND …

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Feeding Hungers: A Catholic Sisters Week Reflection

“If you can’t breathe nothing else matters” says a friend of the Dominican Sisters who is a respiratory therapist. Other physiological needs are equally important. If you can’t breathe, if you are physically hungry, if you are cold, tired, and without shelter, there is little else you can be attentive to. When needs for safety, …

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Dominican Women at the United Nations: Changing the Narrative One Story at a Time

For many years the world-wide Dominican Family has had representatives at the United Nations, in New York and Geneva, to amplify the voices of the people we accompany in every corner of the globe. Later this month, at the end of the two-week annual UN assembly of the Commission on the Status of Women, the …

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Pope Francis Visits Iraq:
March 5-8, 2021

School faculty in Qaraqosh, Iraq, 2018. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, planned for March 5-8, 2021. A prayer composed for the occasion asks for blessings on Pope Francis’ efforts to promote dialogue, reconciliation, peace, and human dignity. To this end, during the 3-day journey visits are scheduled …

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“A Girl Can Be Sold Over and Over…” the Haunting Truth about Human Trafficking

It was in September 2003 when our Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee first shared a resource unit on human trafficking with our sisters. In the years since then, I’ve heard and read many stories of exploitation and violence related to the sale and trading of human beings that seem unbelievable in their total …

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Five things to know about Catholic Sisters and Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Catholic Sisters are at the forefront of the struggle to prevent human trafficking and defend the dignity of 40.3 million people who are in forced labor, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude worldwide. Here are Five things to know about Catholic Sisters’ work to prevent …

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Racial Justice: Claiming Our Oneness in Christ

 Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP, prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, preached at the first of a series of Evening Prayer & Preaching events scheduled at Sacred Heart Convent for 2020. Learn more here. Her text was Philippians 2:1-11. Peter Scazzero, the author of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, is quoted as saying, “Jesus may …

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Peace must Prevail

Statement on United States Engagement with Iran The U.S. Dominican Iraq Coordinating Committee calls upon the United States Government to de-escalate tensions with Iran In the midst of the sacred days of the Christmas-Epiphany season, our hearts and minds have contemplated the promised hope of God’s coming peace. Yet, during these days, we have also …

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Forgo Violent Rhetoric, Break Cycle of Violence With Iran

Springfield Dominican Sister Marcelline Koch signed statement, calls for de-escalation of tensions with Iran Springfield, Ill.—Promoters of Justice for Dominican Sisters and Brothers nationwide call upon the U.S. Government to forgo “violent rhetoric and preparations for retaliatory attacks” against Iran. A statement released yesterday, on the Feast of Epiphany, says it is “critical that the …

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What is Pachamama?

Peruvian Dominican theologian Sister Mila Diaz Solano provides a bridge for understanding I was born Catholic, my parents are Catholic, my grandparents, and great-grant parents were Catholics as well. I grew up in very Christian, committed family and before I joined my Dominican sisters, I was an active parishioner in my hometown city, La Oroya, …

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Dominican Justice Promoters: Oppose U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Sister Marcelline Koch Signs National Call To Keep U.S. in Global Agreement About the photo: Dominicans at COP25. From left, Sister Cecilia Espinella, Laurence Blattmer, Sister Marcella Zambrano, Father Xavier Gomez. A strongly-worded letter to delegates attending this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid includes the signature of Springfield Dominican Sister Marcelline Koch, who …

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