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Why Care about the Sisters’ Prayer?

Dominican Sisters Welcome the Public for Solemn Evening Prayer October 7 Like all Catholic sisters around the world, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield gather at least twice a day for Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer tradition that pre-dates Christianity. The sisters’ prayer incorporates psalms, canticles, and sacred texts from Jewish and Christian scriptures. Springfield …

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2018 Faith Camp Largest in Recent Memory

        The largest group of Dominican Faith Campers in recent memory enjoyed a fun and faith-filled three days at Sacred Heart Convent July 8-10. Twenty-four junior high school girls were matched up with a “Sister Buddy” at Sacred Heart Convent, where the camp was held. The sisters prayed for the campers and …

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“Begging to come back”—The Difference Sisters can make in Young Lives

“They were scared to come to the convent,” said Susie Williams about her daughters Lexi and Abby. “But after their first visit they were begging me to come back.” Susie and her daughters aren’t Catholic and had no experience with Catholic sisters until Susie started cooking at Sacred Heart Convent, the Dominican Sisters’ motherhouse in …

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Dominican Sisters Join National Outcry Against Supreme Court Travel Ban Decision

  Standing with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the 38,000 Catholic Sisters they represent An open letter to the nation, When religious-based discrimination is permitted, especially when sanctioned by those at the highest levels of government, the free-exercise of religion by members of all faiths is threatened. This week the Dominican Sisters of …

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Response to Online Appeal Shows Value of Catholic Sisters to Social Wellbeing

  Springfield, Ill.—The Springfield Dominicans’ first-ever online fundraising appeal is going viral and overwhelming the sisters with messages of gratitude. It also demonstrates that religious life is vital to the future of a spiritually grounded and peaceful world, the sisters’ vocation director says. Was one of our Sisters your rock? Is the theme for the …

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Happy National Catholic Sisters Week 2018!

Happy National Catholic Sisters Week! Student journalists Logan Evans and Max Hartwig made a short film asking Sacred Heart-Griffin students, “What is the difference between a nun and a sister”? Sister Phillip Neri Crawford, OP, Sister Phillip Neri Crawford, OP, Sister Rosemary McGuire, OP, Sister Martha Carmody, OP, Sister Mary Brendan Gibbons, OP, and Sister …

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“Forget Yourself
And Think of Others”
Volunteering and Jesus’ Mission

This story by Sister Geraldine Kemper, OP,  first appeared in JUST Words, Winter 2018. Many organizations depend on volunteers to achieve their mission. What motivating force compels someone to volunteer time, knowledge, energy, and love? Pope Francis said during an audience last March, “Love and charity are service, helping others, serving others. There are many …

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The Feast of All Saints: What's on Your Holy Card?

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.  Ephesians 2:19 This verse from St. Paul reminds me of the holy cards of my childhood: those slightly sappy images of saints with prayers on the backside. There are newer ones today, …

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Dominican Sisters Contribute Brains to Major National Alzheimer’s Study

33 Sisters, ages 60-89, begin study this month Sponsored by Rush University Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center Called the “Religious Order’s Study” More than 1350 sisters, brothers and priests participating nationwide since 1994 Internationally renowned neurologist David Bennett chairs the study A Rush University Medical Center researcher puts Sister Ann Clennon through her paces. Mobility …

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The Sacred Heart Statue and the Stuff of Legends

This statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus ornamented the front porch of the Our Saviour Parish rectory in Jacksonville until 1903. In the late 1800s Sister Mary Agnes McGuire and several other Dominican Sisters of Springfield were invited by the pastor, Father Crowe, to tour the new rectory. The sisters admired the statue, so, …

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