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Sisters Make a Difference in Iraqi Resettlement

Sisters Make a Difference in Iraqi Resettlement

By A Nathan Mihelich Iraq and neighboring countries face the worst humanitarian crisis in the region’s history, including the displacement of more than 4 million people, meanwhile U.S. and international assistance remains woefully inadequate. In spite of current legislation intended to help, tens of thousands of Iraqis remain in danger. It is now nearly impossible …

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Hurricane Sows Destruction—and Kindness

by Renee Rollins Although St. Dominic Health Services is 170 miles from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it became evident on August 29, 2005, that a category four hurricane can quickly become an equal opportunity disaster, spreading devastation and causing untold problems for those much further inland. Not only were Mississippi’s coastal towns almost completely wiped …

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Dominicans in Ministry Feel the Heat of Immigration Reform Debate

“Almost all of the people I know don’t have papers,’ Rosaria said. “I wanted to drive safe, have insurance, live legally here.’ The young Mexican immigrant came to central Illinois on a short-term tourist visa, desperate for work she couldn’t find at home. She found a factory job, began studying English, and applied for permanent …

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The Preaching Life: Women in the Order of Preachers

“The people called forth the preaching charism in me,” Sister Charlotte Rebbe said, “They expected me to be a preacher.” That, in a nutshell, is how one Springfield Dominican sister came to understand a life she’s committed herself to decades earlier. Sister Charlotte served as parish director in a rural Wisconsin diocese when she experienced …

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Language of Friendship Spoken at Dominican Literacy Center

“Friends…,” wrote Henry David Thoreau, “they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” Sharing hopes and dreams is interwoven in the tutor/student relationship established at the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora, Ill. Friendship is often the crowning grace. Since 1993, this community-based literacy program, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, …

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Socially Responsible Investing:
“Touching the Lives of People We can’t Count”

Somewhere in the United States there is a Coca-Cola employee with HIV who has the life-saving drugs she needs because of action taken by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Throughout Asia, factory managers are receiving the training they need to implement safe labor practices, protecting the lives and dignity of thousands of workers, because the …

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Long Journey Brings Nigerian Sisters to St. Edwards

In 2004, the authors, Sister Elise Bocke, OP and Sister Alverna Hollis, OP, lived at St. Edward Convent and welcomed the Nigerian Dominican Sisters. August 15 was a happy day for the sisters of St. Edward Convent in Chicago. Sisters Perpetua Chime and Cecilia Madu from Dusau, Nigeria, finally arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. …

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Walking to the Crossroads:
Springfield Dominicans Engage in
Anti-Racism Process

When facilitators from Crossroads Ministry told the Dominican Sisters of Springfield that becoming an anti-racist institution is a twenty-year struggle, many people found that difficult to imagine, Sister Beverly Jean Howe among them. “I must admit I’m somewhat overwhelmed that the organizers say this is a twenty-year process,” said the Rockford, Ill.-based canon lawyer. “But …

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Sisters at Play?
The secret ingredient for a wholistic life.

Many readers of Just WORDS know the Springfield Dominicans through ministry. You seldom see the sisters at play. Yet, leisure pursuits are an important part of a well-rounded religious life. In fact, the guidelines for community life mention leisure twice. The first reference is about recreating together “because we view leisure and healthy relaxation as …

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The secret ingredient for a wholistic life.
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Technology 101:
Learning in a Digital World

“I worked down at the school board as a reading specialist, but that wasn’t as much fun as this.” That is Sister Elise Bocke’s assessment of her latest ministry assignment. After sixty-three years in education, Sister Elise finds herself happily on the frontier of computer-assisted learning at St. Edward School on Chicago’s north side. “A …

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