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God is calling you.

Yes, you have a vocation. So does every person. Because everyone has been created by God for a purpose.

Could God be calling you to be the hands and feet of Christ as a member of the Order of Preachers?

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Give yourself the gift of prayerful reflection on your vocation. Join us February 17-19 or March 10-12 2023

Sister Denise Glazik, OP

Sister Denise Glazik, OP

I’m happy to introduce myself to you as the vocation director of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. I’m the youngest of seven brothers and seven sisters from tiny Paxton, Ill. It’s only partly a joke to say I’ve lived in a community all my life😊. My Catholic family ate together, prayed together, and played together. From my family I learned there is always ENOUGH for everyone, and always room at the table.After...

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Needed: Courageous Women to Share the Gospel

By Website Administrator | February 1, 2023

By Debbie Berg Shibley Married for 26 years, Debbie lives in Iowa and has been a Springfield Dominican associate since 1998. From age 6 my life has been impacted by religious sisters whom I encountered while attending Catholic schools and the Newman Center in college. As a result of their influence, I attended Come and …

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Dominican Sisters Welcome the Curious to Weekend Events

By Website Administrator | January 18, 2023

“Even if you are just a little bit curious, you are welcome,” said Sister Denise Glazik about two upcoming opportunities for single Catholic women to explore religious life. The “Come & See” weekends are planned for Feb. 17-19 and March 10-12, 2023 at Cor Unum House-a convent nestled into one of Springfield’s friendliest neighborhoods. Single …

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Sister Denise Glazik, OP

By Website Administrator | June 21, 2022

Sister Denise Glazik, OP I’m happy to introduce myself to you as the vocation director of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. I’m the youngest of seven brothers and seven sisters from tiny Paxton, Ill. It’s only partly a joke to say I’ve lived in a community all my life😊. My Catholic family ate together, prayed …

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Colloquy: A Poem by Sister Karen Freund, OP

By Website Administrator | April 28, 2022

The Four Dominican Pillars: A View from Sister Kelly’s Seat

By Website Administrator | March 22, 2022

“Dominicans talk a lot about “the four pillars” of our lives: Prayer. Study. Preaching. Common life. Here’s how Sister Kelly Moline, the newest member of our congregation, has come to think about them. Prayer “Prayer is what grounds me.  During my time of formation I experienced many different local communities and ministries. I lived in different regions …

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First Person: What Difference do Catholic Sisters Make? What Difference does Sister Maristella Dunlavy Make?

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | March 12, 2022

While she was principal at Cathedral Grade School in Springfield, Sister Maristella enjoyed visits with Father John Titus who was at that time the vocation director for the diocese. Father John, it seems, saw something in Sister Maristella that prompted him to introduce her to some of the young men he knew who were discerning …

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Making A Graft: eBook Sign-Up

By Website Administrator | March 8, 2022

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“You Sisters Figured it Out” A Story for International Women’s Day

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | March 8, 2022

UPDATE: Read another inspiring story about Dalila, her mom, and the inspiring work of our sisters at Rosary High School and the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora, Ill. Here’s an International Women’s Day Special for the start of Catholic Sisters Week. Don’t miss this moving account of how one woman’s perseverance transformed her family’s fortunes …

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An Unending Circle of Prayer: 15 Years of Sister Maristella Dunlavy’s Card Ministry

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | February 21, 2022

When Sister Maristella Dunlavy retired from her educational ministry in 2006, she concluded 14 years as principal of Cathedral Grade School. As she prepared to move on, the prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield asked whether she would consent to serving as sacristan at Sacred Heart Convent. “Yes, I’d be honored to do …

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Dominican Sisters Offer Healthcare Career Path for Compassionate Caregivers

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | January 7, 2022

Launch your healthcare career with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, who are looking for CNAs-or those who wish to be-to care for the elder sisters in a newly refurbished 36-bed facility at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. The sisters offer a tuition program for employees, enabling those interested in a healthcare career a place to …

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Explore the Possibility

The preaching mission of Jesus is just as necessary today—and just as inspiring—as it was for St. Dominic de Guzman and his sisters and brothers in the Order of Preachers 800 years ago.

The preachers, pastoral leaders, educators, and artists of the 13th century labored, as we do now,

  • to respond like Jesus to the needs of the world
  • to find new ways to preach Jesus' message of forgiveness, healing, and peace to people in the midst of tumult and change
  • to live the Gospel boldly in companionship with others
  • to find God in the everyday
  • to share God with others hungry for truth

Be the anchor in the chaos

When the world is in a moment of change, people look for an anchor, something, someone, on whom they can rely for stability, a place from which they can move forth boldly. Dominicans can be an anchor in that chaos, and you can too.

Challenges in our own church, systemic racism, a climate emergency, our broken immigration system, the need for respect for all life from womb to tomb. These are the challenges Dominicans are built to address.

We find strength in our relationship with Jesus Christ and our consecration to God lived through what we call the four pillars of our life: community, prayer, and study—all for the sake of the preaching of the Gospel.

The deep well of tradition

Springfield Dominican Sisters draw deeply on the Dominican traditions of communal living, sung common prayer and liturgy, and solidarity with the poor and those on the margins. We collaborate with all who wish to dismantle systems of oppression by working for systems that promote life.

A source of hope for the future

Wherever our sisters minister—whatever our daily work is—we share the same commitment to apostolic life by following Jesus as we promote human dignity through teaching and preaching, accompaniment and solidarity, caring for creation, and dismantling institutional racism.

You are welcome!

Enjoy exploring our website to learn about who we are and what we are about. When you are ready to talk, we’re ready, too!

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Visit the Spiritual Directors' page to be matched with a spiritual director who will walk with you while you allow yourself to be found by God. 

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