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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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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 March 8, 2020 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. A Mother-Daughter Tea and a kid-friendly tour of Sacred Heart Convent Chapel are scheduled for Sunday, March 8, at 1:30 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. …

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