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Morning Star Reminds Us: We Belong to One Another

When Mary Kirkpatrick was ready to make a gift in support of Springfield Dominican Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz’s ministry at Our Lady of the Sioux Church in Oglala, South Dakota, she remembered seeing the sketch above on the website of her neighbor, artist Gail Hamilton. Mary knew Gail would make a gift of her artwork …

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Beyond the News: How You Can Welcome and Advocate for Immigrants Now

If you keep up with the daily news in this country, you have surely heard much about the immigration situation and the many unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. We are bombarded daily with the numbers of children and families desperate to begin a new life in this country. Less frequently, we read or hear …

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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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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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Adjustments to COVID and Cold: News from Our Lady of the Sioux Parish

In a February newsletter to friends and supporters, Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz reflected on the challenges of the past year since the COVID lockdown began on Pine Ridge Reservation where she is pastoral associate at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, SD. “Some new healthy patterns have begun,” she said. “The vaccine does give …

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Five Ways to Promote a Culture of Vocations

The word vocation comes from the Latin vocare—to call. It is no secret that every baptized person is called by God to respond to this call that started with baptism. But how? Where? When? For what purpose? These are the questions of a lifetime. They are among the most important questions Christians discern, pray about, …

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COVID-19 at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish

This morning, November 20, 2020, Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz communicated to us the sad news of the death from COVID-19 of Mr. Paul Little, a parishioner of Sister Barbara’s at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, SD, and a friend to many of our sisters who’ve had the privilege of knowing him. Read a …

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World Mission Sunday

What does Mission Mean to You? Mission can be defined as “the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith.” The preaching mission of Jesus is just as necessary—and just as inspiring—as it was for the founder of the Order of Preachers …

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Nuns on the Bus Make a ‘Stop’ in Springfield, Illinois!

This year the Nuns on the Bus are taking a virtual tour around the nation focusing on issues specific to each of the communities they visit in a virtual way. You can be a part of the town hall this Friday, October 2, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  R.S.V.P. now to be apart of this event. …

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Workplace Values Captured in a T-shirt at Sacred Heart Convent

Coworkers elected from their respective departments met at the Cor Unum House to work on the final T-shirt design the first week of February. After a couple of hours, a true collaborative result emerged. Co-workers come together at the Cor Unum House to design the new t-shirt. A hallmark of effective workplaces is the demonstrated …

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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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Climate Justice: A Statement by Justice and Peace Leaders You Need to Read

Sister Marcelline Koch, OP was one of the signatories of a statement by the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace about taking action to counter climate change. The statement went out to all the Dominican communities noting the extreme possibility if no action is taken: droughts, migrations, strange weather phenomena. The statement gives a proposed …

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Three Things You Can Do to Help People in Detention on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Every day we learn more about the appalling conditions facing children, women, and men in detention centers along our southern border. The situation is unconscionable. If you are like me, you might feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by the images of children and adults housed in overcrowded filthy conditions, conditions that fail to respect their dignity …

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What can you do today to end systemic racism?

Sister Marcelline Koch, OP, during the January 2019 Associate Candidate session, “Catholic Social Teaching” examining the parts of Luke 4:18 in detail. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of …

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Bearers of the Flame:
Monthly Donors Join Sisters
for Sunday Celebration

Springfield, Ill.—Sunday March 31 was the day the Dominican Sisters of Springfield welcomed members of their monthly donor club, dubbed “Bearers of the Flame,” to join them for Sunday Mass and brunch at Sacred Heart Convent. About 15 individuals and families joined in the celebration, including Mark and Sue Quinn from Naperville, Ill., and Alyssa …

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