Sister Mary Clare has decades of experience in pastoral leadership and community organizing. After years as an elementary school educator and administrator, including seven years at St. Patrick School in Springfield, in the 1990s she helped to found the Dominican Sisters’ first community project on Springfield’s east side. She was most recently pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish, Colombia, Mo., and is a long-time member of the Springfield Dominican Sisters’ Antiracism Team (SDART). For twelve years she ministered at St. Mark Parish, Venice. Ill., ten years as parish life coordinator. She represents the Dominicans on the Faith Coalition for the Common Good and oversees distribution of supplies at Sacred Heart Convent.