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Staying “in the Clay”

Associate Spotlight Mary Helen Rowland “All through my 28 years as a potter, God has helped me stay in the clay even through the busy-ness of life,” says Mary Helen (Call) Rowland, a second-generation Springfield Dominican Associate who lives in Weston, Va., and travels frequently to her hometown, Springfield, Ill. Through the years she has …

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pencil sketched portrait of young Native American girl named Morning Star

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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A Little St. Valentine’s Day Love from Sacred Heart Convent

For Valentine’s Day we asked two couples who work at our motherhouse to share what they most love about each other and about working with us at the convent. Their sweet replies are enough to melt your little chocolate heart! Lisa Grant I love Dave’s good sense of humor! He’s a great dad for his …

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Service in the Community: A Reflection on Service from Current SHG Students

For a number of years the sisters at Sacred Heart Convent and the students and faculty “across the blacktop” at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School have enjoyed a wonderful mutuality. Students are allowed to give one study hall period a week in service at the convent, where they come to read to sisters, or write letters …

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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 and Giving to the Dominican Sisters

COVID-19 Stimulus Package / CARES Act CARES Act for Nonprofits – Friday, March 27, the Congress passed and the President signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic stimulus package legislated to provide immediate relief for nonprofits like the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill. Overview New Deduction …

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Fletcher Farrar:
High Adventure, Old Houses,
and Giving

Spirituality and Money? These two concepts don’t often rub shoulders. For spouses Fletcher Farrar and Mary Jessup, however, it’s a connection continually made. Fletcher learned from his parents who were integrally tied to church and community in Mt. Vernon, Ill., where Fletcher Farrar Sr. worked as an oil producer. Frequently the product was a dry …

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High Adventure, Old Houses,
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Blanca Farris:
Monthly Giving is
“Thanks-giving”

Blanca and Steve Farris with their daughter Isabella, top, center, and Springfield Dominican Sister Beatríz Vila Alania at the Farris home in 2018. Blanca Farris partners with the Springfield Dominicans as a “Bearer of the Flame” because she values memories of the Dominican Sisters who’ve influenced her family life through the years, prompting her to …

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Monthly Giving is
“Thanks-giving”
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Connie Lind: Sisters Make a Difference

Imagine the challenge for a thirteen-year-old: Connie Hannagan arrived at Sacred Heart Academy decades ago, floundering under a burden of family difficulties that sent her to boarding school. Sister Maria Eck provided the firm foundation she needed to thrive. Fifty years later, Connie Hannagan-Lind arrived in Springfield looking for the teacher who was her rock. …

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Mark Quinn:
“I owe my faith to the sisters”

Mark and Sue Quinn value the witness of the sisters who’ve blessed their lives. For Mark, a teacher of business and finance in the Chicago suburbs, that includes his teachers at St. Walter Parish on Chicago’s south side: Sister Aloysius (Sister Mary Ann Droste) and Sister Monica Finnegan—and Sister Aniceta Skube, whom he met in …

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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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