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Sister Sharon Zayac, OP from Jubilee Farm

Celebrating Earth Day with Jubilee Farm

Sister Sharon Zayac, OP and Sister Anita Cleary, OP share about the things to experience at Jubilee Farm and how green burial shrouds are made. The Earth Awareness Fair video was produced by the City of Springfield, Illinois Mayor’s Office. Video will premiere on Thursday, April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. What is Jubilee Farm? …

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Morning Star Reminds Us: We Belong to One Another

When Mary Kirkpatrick was ready to make a gift in support of Springfield Dominican Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz’s ministry at Our Lady of the Sioux Church in Oglala, South Dakota, she remembered seeing the sketch above on the website of her neighbor, artist Gail Hamilton. Mary knew Gail would make a gift of her artwork …

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group of women from Bethany House

Beyond the News: How You Can Welcome and Advocate for Immigrants Now

If you keep up with the daily news in this country, you have surely heard much about the immigration situation and the many unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. We are bombarded daily with the numbers of children and families desperate to begin a new life in this country. Less frequently, we read or hear …

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images of sunrise over the snow in Oglala, SD

Adjustments to COVID and Cold: News from Our Lady of the Sioux Parish

In a February newsletter to friends and supporters, Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz reflected on the challenges of the past year since the COVID lockdown began on Pine Ridge Reservation where she is pastoral associate at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, SD. “Some new healthy patterns have begun,” she said. “The vaccine does give …

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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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Sister Linda Mary DeLonais gets her very own Bernie Mitten Meme

Sister Linda Mary DeLonais knows the value of mittens. The Minnesota native and former forestry worker understands innately what science has proven: mittens keep your hands warmer because they keep your fingers together and because mittens have less surface area exposed to the cold. This knowledge has come in “handy” this winter because Sister Linda …

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A (Hidden) Ministry Within a Ministry

“You can do so much with a card!” ~ Sister Mary Francella Vyverman, OP Sister Mary Francella has been a pastoral minister for decades. Her experience has taught her how important the littlest gestures are for people who feel isolated and alone. That’s why she encourages you to send cards to your extended family, people …

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Growing Relationships with the True Artist

“You called. I answered and crawled out from under the burdens of life and began to embrace the creative budding of young ones opening the door to a new beginning.” ~Sister Regina Marie Bernet What do you hope for this Christmas?  What is pulling on your heart strings? Sister Regina Marie Bernet has been a …

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Teaching Baby-Boomers: Not for the Faint of Heart!

“You called. I answered and entered the ministry of teaching…I survived only on your mercy and strength along with the wisdom of those around me.” ~Sister Regina Marie Bernet Photo provided by Peggy Derhake, Former Sacred Heart Academy Student Did you miss part one of Sister Regina Marie’s story? Catch-up on the story of how …

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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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Pete Little portrait

COVID-19 at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish

This morning, November 20, 2020, Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz communicated to us the sad news of the death from COVID-19 of Mr. Paul Little, a parishioner of Sister Barbara’s at Our Lady of the Sioux Parish, Oglala, SD, and a friend to many of our sisters who’ve had the privilege of knowing him. Read a …

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Take a “Meet Our Sisters” Tour

Springfield Dominicans Participated 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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