DOMINICAN SISTERS LIGHT A CANDLE IN COMMITMENT TO CIVIL DISCOURSE

Offer Seminar Series at the Start of a New Administration

Springfield, Ill.—In response to the inauguration of a new Administration taking office on Jan. 20, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have recommitted themselves to their vows and to the commitments they made during their General Chapter of 2014.

In a statement released today the congregation’s leadership said they asked themselves, in light of the new government “What can we contribute to civil discourse that can make a difference?” Their answer is a recommitment to living fully the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience every Catholic sister makes as “a prophetic witness against the abuse of money, sex, and power,” and to offer a Brown Bag Seminar Series to share their experience of prayer, their commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution and their desire to heal the environment through sustainable living.

The statement is available here.

The seminars are scheduled 12:10-1:00 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays beginning January 25 in Aquinas Center at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62702. Registration is appreciated; not required.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch to the events; drinks will be provided. The schedule is as follows:

January 25: Dismantling Racism: How-Tos for your business, church, or organization. Tips from Sister Marcelline Koch, OP, Dominican justice promoter, and the Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism.

February 1: Moral Compass: Practical Ways to Navigate the Climate Crisis. Sister Sharon Zayac, director of Jubilee Farm, will lead you through Pope Francis’ suggestions for making a positive impact on Care for our Common Home.

February 8: Contemplative Practice: Spiritual Ground for Challenging Times. Members of the Dominican Sisters’ Leadership Team will engage participants in an experience of contemplative sitting and dialogue.

The Dominican Sisters’ Leadership Team includes Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, prioress general; Sister Barbara Blesse, vicaress; and sisters Kathlyn Mulcahy, Kathleen Cour, and Kathleen Gallagher.

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield were founded in Jacksonville, Ill., in 1873, where they began their ministry among immigrant families. They serve as educators, healers, and advocates for those who are poor and marginalized throughout the United States and in Peru.

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