Religious Life

Mother-Daughter Tea

Mother-Daughter Tea A Mother-Daughter Tea and a kid-friendly tour of Sacred Heart Convent Chapel are scheduled for Sunday, March 24, at 2 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. First Name*Last Name*Email Address*Please enter your …

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Snowstorm + Sisters + Coworkers = FUN!

Alyssa Regan, switchboard supervisor at Sacred Heart Convent, has two little boys at home she knew would be excited about getting out in the mammoth snowstorm that was scheduled for the weekend. Could that explain her brainstorm? Why not have a snow-person making contest for the sisters and their coworkers? What a brilliant idea! The …

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Top Ten Stories of 2018

What an amazing year 2018 was.  Looking back there were so many ups and downs it is hard to believe that some of the events happened only in 2018. Here is a list of our top ten stories in order of engagement by you over the entire year.  Sister Mary Jo Acquires Fame on the …

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Transform Your Life: Sing Mary’s Song

This essay was originally published on Sunday December 30, 2018, in the Springfield State Journal-Register Beliefs column for which Sister Beth Murphy writes regularly. For many of us, January 1 has become unmoored from the faith context of Christmas. It’s New Year’s Day, of course, and holds a sense of promise and fresh start that …

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Dominican Sisters Head to the Border to Serve Children & Families

A week of service at an immigrant shelter in El Paso helps ease the burdens of desperate families Springfield, Ill.—On Sunday, Springfield Dominican Sisters Anita Cleary and Marcelline Koch will travel to El Paso, Texas to volunteer at a Catholic shelter for families called Annunciation House. “We’re going because Annunciation House and other shelters like …

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Sister M. Pauletta Overbeck, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Pauletta Overbeck died October 13, 2018, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Dieterich, Ill., in 1915, and named Pauletta Madonna by her parents, Frank and Kathryn Petry Overbeck. She made her profession of vows in 1935 at Sacred Heart Convent. Sister M. Pauletta was blessed with a full ministerial …

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A sacred space in conversation with the world

This essay first appeared in the October 7, 2018 edition of the Springfield State Journal-Register’s Beliefs column, to which Sister Beth Murphy is a frequent contributor. “This is a chapel built for the ages!” So exclaimed an awe-struck teenage visitor to Sacred Heart Convent Chapel last spring. It’s true. The chapel where we Dominican Sisters …

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Take it to Prayer: A Spiritual Reflection for Voters

Take it to Prayer A Spiritual Reflection for Voters   You are invited to spend a few moments with God before you go into the voting booth.   Take it to Prayer: A Spiritual Reflection for Voters, was developed by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill., and is distributed through the Dominican Sisters Conference to …

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Architectural Historian Presents on Sacred Heart Convent Chapel

Anthony Rubano’s commute takes him past Sacred Heart Convent chapel nearly every day, but it wasn’t until he got his first peek inside that he realized what an architecture gem was hiding in plain sight in Springfield’s Historic West Side neighborhood. Rubano, a project director for the Illinois Historic Preservation Office, will share his love …

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