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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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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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Sisters for the Life of the World

Image from DCI Teamwork event in Houston, TX in 2019. People who know us well say that we Springfield Dominican Sisters are effective ministers and powerful pray-ers, hospitable and down-to-earth folks. They see us as leaders in places where God’s people are alive and thriving. We have a broad reach across Illinois, the lower 48 …

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Allhallowtide: Changing Up Your Family’s Halloween Traditions

Day Hour Minute Second The countdown to the beginning of Allhallowtide has begun! Halloween’s origins as a religious feast are buried under layers of commercialization and pounds of sugary treats—but scratch the surface and you’ll find a fascinating history and a tradition worth recovering for yourself and your family. The origin of “All Hallows Eve”—or …

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Mining for Transformation in Grief: Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma Shares at the LCWR 2020 Assembly

Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP waiting to speak at the 2020 General Assembly at Sacred Heart Convent Friday, August 7, 2020. Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP, prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, was one of three leaders to  share their reflections on the topic Grief as a Catalyst for Transformation and Hope during …

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Peru Independence Day at Sacred Heart Convent

The sisters at Sacred Heart Convent celebrated Peru’s independence from Spain with typical Peruvian flair on Tuesday. Morning Mass began with a joyful Peruvian-style procession and chaplain Father Michael DeTemple, OP, recognized the sisters who were missionaries in Peru and the sisters in Peru today. “This was a celebration in solidarity with our sisters in …

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COVID—19 Coronavirus Statement from the Master of the Dominican Order

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? For God will hide me in his shelter in time of trouble, He will conceal me in the cover of his tent. Psalm 27:1,5 Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Dominican …

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Celebrate with the Springfield Dominicans during Catholic Sisters Week

Register for Events Springfield, IL—Fifty-two weeks a year, Catholic sisters stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share the power of prayer, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, and offer hope. During the week of March 8-14 each year, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield celebrate the …

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Sacred Heart Convent Evening Prayer Schedule for 2020

Looking for a welcoming place to ground your faith and recharge your spirit? The Dominican Sisters invite you to Join us for Evening Prayer & Preaching at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe Street, Springfield IL 62704. All Evening Prayer & Preaching events are scheduled for 6 p.m. Call 217-787-0481 for more information.  All …

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Our Top Ten: Most popular posts of 2019

2019 was a big year for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Here’s a short list of some of our—and your—favorite moments. Let us know what you think! Sister Mary Jo Sobieck gave quite the inspirational interview to Church Pop in July. During Lent, the Justice, Peace, and Care of Creation committee and the Associate Committee …

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Sister Kelly Moline
Makes Renewal of Vows

Springfield, Ill.—Springfield Dominican Sister Kelly Moline renewed her profession of vows during Solemn Evening Prayer at Sacred Heart Convent chapel today. Surrounded by her Springfield Dominican Sisters, she pronounced, for the second time, the ancient formula of Dominican profession that every member of the Order of Preachers makes. Born in Minneapolis, Sister Kelly and her …

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Grounded for [the]
Life [of the World]

About the photo: Sister Kelly, second from the left in the back row, enjoys a moment with her Springfield Dominican Sisters during General Chapter. Row 1: Sister María Luisa Ñaupari Gutiérrez, Patrica de la Ó Llanos, Dorís Terrel Jiménez, Edíth Vila Alania Row 2: Sisters Mary Jo Sobieck, Patricia Stark, and Elizabeth Castro Cruz. You’re …

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Encourage our Vocation Director:
Sister Denise Glazik, OP

Sister Denise Glazik, OP, is our new vocation director! We’ll share more about her soon, but for now, we invite our friends to encourage her as she prepares for this new and important ministry. This month she is at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, participating in the National Religious Vocation Conference’s 2019 Summer Institute. Sister Denise …

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“Desire so deep”—Teenage Actor Nails the Call to Religious Life

What Mundelein “Sister Act-ress” Mary McMurray Learned Mary McMurray’s mom works at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Ill. That’s the key to understanding everything about this story. Mary, a public high school student in Mundelein, was cast as Mary Robert, the postulant, in her school’s performance of Sister Act. Most of the students …

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