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Take a “Meet Our Sisters” Tour

Springfield Dominicans Participate in National Vocation Awareness Event Nov. 1-7 Tucked between expressways and hidden among the bustle and noise of city and suburban life is the powerful, yet often quiet, influence of Catholic sisters. These women have dedicated their lives to serving God and expanding the household of God’s love. Now you can explore …

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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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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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Why a 30-Year Call
for Closing SOA/WHINSEC?

Springfield Dominican Sisters Pat Stark, Georgiana Stubner, and Marcelline Koch were joined by other Dominican Sisters and hundreds more people at Fort Benning, Georgia, Nov. 16-17 to participate in a vigil at the gates of the fort where for nearly 30 years the faith-based SOA Watch has worked to end training programs for Latin American …

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Climate Justice: A Statement by Justice and Peace Leaders You Need to Read

Sister Marcelline Koch, OP was one of the signatories of a statement by the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace about taking action to counter climate change. The statement went out to all the Dominican communities noting the extreme possibility if no action is taken: droughts, migrations, strange weather phenomena. The statement gives a proposed …

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Sister Barbara Ann’s Servant Leadership For the Life of the World

Water is Life, Give Drink to the Thirsty Water is A water pipe on the parish parking lot is a free source for safe drinking water for families without running water at their homes. Sister Barbara Ann Lives Out Her Faith in Amazing Ways As another summer ends I am reminded where I was in …

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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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