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Community Day reflects past while looking to the future

Our annual Community Day is a homecoming for us each February and a chance to reflect on the past and contemplate the future. Because we are preparing for General Chapter in April, this year insights were shared about directions for the future. We had plenty of time for contemplation and sharing, and ended the day with Eucharist […]

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Dominicans cite their charism for slight rise in vocations

One of the largest congregations of women religious in the United States has seen a recent increase in vocations. While there’s no clear reasoning or data behind the trend, sisters in these two Dominican orders — Dominican Sisters of Peace and Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa — say it’s all because of their charism.  Read more about this here: https://www.ncronline.org/news/dominicans-cite-their-charism-slight-rise-vocations 

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2024: A year for general chapter. What’s that?

Please join us in prayer for this important community gathering “General Chapter” is one of those terms Catholic sisters use that makes almost no sense to anyone else. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s general chapter is scheduled April 1-7, 2024, but preparations have been underway for about a year. Why is it such an important

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Catholic Sisters invite you to join them in prayer and fasting for the Middle East

Dominican Sisters of Springfield are among the hundreds of women religious joining the Church of the Holy Land and people throughout the world in a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Middle East on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. In a letter sent to its membership On Monday, October 16, 2023, the Leadership

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Come & See: 2023-2024 Vocation Event Schedule

“Even if you are just a little bit curious, you are welcome,” said Sister Denise Glazik about eleven upcoming opportunities for single Catholic women to explore religious life. The sisters have planned six in-person Come & See weekends and five virtual events, called “Zoom & See” weekends, from September 2023 through December 2024. Single Catholic

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Visio Divina: Seeing as Prayer

This method of prayer is called visio divina—holy seeing. Here are weekly pairings of a brief text from scripture and an image. The texts are taken from the Roman Catholic Lectionary for Sunday liturgies. The images might be taken by our sisters or communications office staff, or they might be something we find and use

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Vocation Discernment Event Scheduled for March 10-12, 2023

“Even if you are just a little bit curious, you are welcome,” said Sister Denise Glazik about two upcoming opportunities for single Catholic women to explore religious life. The “Come & See” weekend is planned for March 10-12, 2023, at Cor Unum House—a convent nestled into one of Springfield’s friendliest neighborhoods. Single Catholic women ages

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Illinois’ Catholic sisters launch campaign to “Refuse to Use” single-use plastic beverage bottles

Twenty-three congregations of Catholic sisters serving in Illinois will observe Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, with a challenge: do not consume beverages from single-use plastic bottles. “We are taking advantage of the annual observance of Catholic Sisters Week to educate, inform, and act to end plastic waste through a Refuse to Use campaign,” said Sister

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Needed: Courageous Women to Share the Gospel

About the photos: Debbie Shibley during her ministry at St. Mary Hospital, Rogers, Ark., caring for a patient and playing Santa for her community members. By Debbie Berg Shibley Married for 26 years, Debbie lives in Iowa and has been a Springfield Dominican associate since 1998. From age 6 my life has been impacted by

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The Four Dominican Pillars: A View from Sister Kelly’s Seat

“Dominicans talk a lot about “the four pillars” of our lives: Prayer. Study. Preaching. Common life. Here’s how Sister Kelly Moline, the newest member of our congregation, has come to think about them. Prayer “Prayer is what grounds me.  During my time of formation I experienced many different local communities and ministries. I lived in different regions

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Allhallowtide: October 31-November 2

Allhallowtide: Changing Up Your Family’s Halloween Traditions

Day Hour Minute Second The countdown to Allhallowtide has begun! Many regions of the country are experiencing some relief from COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, increasing the prospect that Halloween celebrations may give children and families a welcome respite and a time for enjoyment. The origins of our modern Halloween rituals lie deep within the human

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Sister Kelly Moline Professes Perpetual Vows with Dominican Sisters of Springfield

By mid-day on Sunday, August 8, 2021, a defining moment of Sister Kelly Moline’s life had come and gone. Beyond that moment, what follows is a lifelong commitment to her vows of consecration to God as a Dominican Sister of Springfield. That, of course, is not a small or simple thing. As our Dominican Brother

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