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Mission & Outreach

How are YOU a Neighbor?

This story, co-written by Sister Beth Murphy and Mr. Leroy Jordan, first appeared in the February 10, 2019 issue of the Springfield State-Journal Register. The Governing magazine report that discusses income disparity and segregation in Springfield was all the talk at a recent meeting of the Springfield Dominican Antiracism Team (SDART). What a discouraging message …

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Watch Sister Bernadette’s Live Comedy Show!

LIVE! Watch Sister Bernadette’s #Comedy #Standup NOW! #StandupComedy@RosaryAurora https://t.co/mbMSMIIbUc — Springfield OP (@springfieldop) February 8, 2019 You asked for it, and you got it! Sister Bernadette McGuire will tell jokes live at 11 a.m. this Friday, February 8! Watch her on Facebook Live, Twitter or Instagram. https://www.facebook.com/springfieldop/ https://twitter.com/springfieldop https://www.instagram.com/springfieldop/ You asked for it, and you …

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Dismantling Racism:
collaborative study at its best

This story by John Freml first appeared in the winter 2018 issue of Just Words. “Just because there are more people at the table, it doesn’t mean they all feel safe.” “One anti-bias training can’t undo a lifetime of bias training.” “If you’ve never seen anti-racism before, how do you know what it looks like?” …

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Mother-Daughter Tea

Mother-Daughter Tea A Mother-Daughter Tea and a kid-friendly tour of Sacred Heart Convent Chapel are scheduled for Sunday, March 24, 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Springfield Dominican Sisters will welcome moms and their daughters age 10-13. The interactive tour will be followed by a fancy tea and a delicious take-home gift. First Name*Last Name*Email Address*Please enter …

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Sisters to the Land

Limited space! Registration received after February 20 will be on a waiting list. We will contact you when a space becomes available. Register today! Sisters to the Land Join us at Jubilee Farm, Saturday, March 9, 1:00-4:00 p.m., for “Sisters to the Land” an interactive sustainable gardening experience, 30-minute hike, and collaborative Earth loom demonstration. …

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Dominican Sisters: Building Relationships in a Disconnected World

In preparation for our upcoming General Chapter, we invited some of our sisters, friends, and associates to talk about how they see the sisters following the Spirit’s lead into the future. The Winter 2019 issue of JUST Words pulled their thoughts together, but there was more good stuff than we could include in the print …

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Top Ten Stories of 2018

What an amazing year 2018 was.  Looking back there were so many ups and downs it is hard to believe that some of the events happened only in 2018. Here is a list of our top ten stories in order of engagement by you over the entire year.  Sister Mary Jo Acquires Fame on the …

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International Migrants Day

Today is International Migrants Day.   People are fleeing record violence in Central America, crossing thousands of miles in nearly unimaginable conditions to seek asylum in the United States.  We can respect their right to migrate and welcome them while having a secure border. The militarization of the southern border is a waste of taxpayer dollars …

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“People are Frightened for their Children”

An NPR Illinois Interview with Sister Marcelline Koch. Sister Marcelline Koch, standing center, above, invites US citizens to do two things when it comes to grasping what’s happening at the US-Mexico border: See the immigrants as people who are frightened for their children. Do the analysis necessary to understand why mothers and fathers are compelled …

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Light the Way: Sister Kathleen Anne Tait’s
6 Big Ideas for Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 to counterbalance the rampant consumerism that has crept into our culture with the shopping frenzy known as “Black Friday.” Donations to good causes are appropriate! We hope you make some! We also encourage you to “Light the way” to a gentler world by making a gift of human kindness! Here …

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