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A (Hidden) Ministry Within a Ministry

“You can do so much with a card!” ~ Sister Mary Francella Vyverman, OP Sister Mary Francella has been a pastoral minister for decades. Her experience has taught her how important the littlest gestures are for people who feel isolated and alone. That’s why she encourages you to send cards to your extended family, people …

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Springfield Dominican Sisters Respond to Nation’s Crisis

There is hope, they say, when the nation acknowledges it failings and pledges to renew a sacred commitment to the common good. The social justice office and the leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield issued a statement today pledging their prayer, energies, and “collective desire for national healing and renewal” in a statement issued …

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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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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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Dominican Month for Peace: Peace Building Efforts

Week 1 focused on introducing the Dominican history in Ukraine. Week 2 focused on Dominican efforts to help young persons to heal and learn peace building skills, skills that will positively impact Ukraine’s future. Week 3 focused on specific efforts to facilitate peace building efforts through leadership training and promoting reconciliation in local communities and …

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Sister Regina Marie’s Prayer Techniques for Prisoners—Could They Work for You?

“We’re all prisoners,” Sue Brosmith mentioned off-handedly. “It’s only the bars that are different.” With this comment, Sue spoke of the spiritual guidance she witnessed Sister Regina Marie Bernet share over many years of volunteer ministry at Jacksonville Correctional Center. For years Sue joined a “trio” of Dominican Sisters and other dedicated volunteers at the …

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Growing Relationships with the True Artist

“You called. I answered and crawled out from under the burdens of life and began to embrace the creative budding of young ones opening the door to a new beginning.” ~Sister Regina Marie Bernet What do you hope for this Christmas?  What is pulling on your heart strings? Sister Regina Marie Bernet has been a …

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Dominican Month for Peace: The Dominican Family in Ukraine

After being suppressed during the Communist era, the Order was refounded in Ukraine in the early 1990s. 25 friars in seven communities 18 sisters from four congregations in five communities 82 laity in seven cities 6 groups of Youth in the places of ministry of the friars  FACILITATING LEADERS OF RECONCILIATION Along with the work …

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Teaching Baby-Boomers: Not for the Faint of Heart!

“You called. I answered and entered the ministry of teaching…I survived only on your mercy and strength along with the wisdom of those around me.” ~Sister Regina Marie Bernet Photo provided by Peggy Derhake, Former Sacred Heart Academy Student Did you miss part one of Sister Regina Marie’s story? Catch-up on the story of how …

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Sister Denise Joins A Nun’s Life for Advent Evening Prayer

This Advent season in a time of pandemic is an invitation to make an opening for God to be present in our lives! Sister Denise’s powerful preaching during A Nun’s Life livestreaming Advent evening prayer on Monday, December 9, 2020 is something to revisit again and again during the Advent season. Make some time today …

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