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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: 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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Grounded for [the]
Life [of the World]

Sister Kelly Moline, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Springfield and minister of pastoral care at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson, Miss. She shared this reflection at the time of her renewal of vows on August 5, 2019. Sister Kelly makes her perpetual profession of vows on Sunday, August 8th. We invite you to join us …

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General Assembly: (Almost) Everyone under One Roof

For a delightful change of pace, nearly all Springfield Dominican Sisters were home for our annual summer gathering in June, a meeting that provides time to think and talk together about our mission and enjoy one another’s company. Last year, because of the pandemic our gathering was virtual, with no one home but the sisters …

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Holding Space for Young Adult Women as Pandemic Drags On

A new initiative of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield is meant to hold a space for young adult women to find encouragement, companionship, and the “space and grace” to meet themselves and uncover the purpose of their lives. What is Cor Unum? Cor Unum House is both a physical space in an historic Springfield, Illinois, …

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Consecrated Life: An Encounter With God through People

In his homily on World Day for Consecrated Life in 2019, Pope Francis breathed new life and joy in to the observance when he called consecrated life—the vowed life of Catholic sisters, brothers, priests and consecrated lay people—”a living encounter with the Lord in his people.” In honor of the 25th World Day for Consecrated …

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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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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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