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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?

As you're looking around, listen to Episode Two of F.L.O.W.cast as Sister Kelly talks with host Jeremiah Washington about ministry, presence, joy, coming home, and making a choice for consecrated life. Sister Kelly made her perpetual profession of vows on August 8, 2021.

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...

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!

Looking For A Little Guidance?

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. 

Read More About Our Sisters

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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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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Staying “in the Clay”

By Website Administrator | September 24, 2021

Associate SpotlightMary Helen Rowland “All through my 28 years as a potter, God has helped me stay in the clay even through the busy-ness of life,” says Mary Helen (Call) Rowland, a second-generation Springfield Dominican Associate who lives in Weston, Va., and travels frequently to her hometown, Springfield, Ill. Through the years she has used …

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Sister Samuella’s 25 Tips to Living a Simple Lifestyle

By Website Administrator | September 17, 2021

This post was originally drafted in October of 2018 but somehow never got published. Check out the list below from Sister Samuella on how to live a simple, clean lifestyle. Seems like she may have had a peek into the future with her ideas on using more video conferencing and making sure to always support …

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Life at the Border: Simple Toys, New Shoes, and Solidarity

By Sister Judine Hilbing | September 7, 2021

Disturbing images of children at the border were flooding the daily news. During the height of the immigration crisis, an invitation went out for volunteers to minister to those arriving in Texas to be processed through Catholic Charities of Laredo. In collaboration with a larger initiative of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the …

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Dominican Sisters Launch First-Ever Podcast Series on Congregation’s 148th Anniversary

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | August 19, 2021

The new Springfield Dominican Sisters’ podcast series, F.L.O.W.cast, is streaming now at https://flowcastlisten.podbean.com/. You can also visit https://flowcastlisten.org/ to subscribe and receive each new episode in your inbox every Thursday. Click the buttons below to follow us on social media too! Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube F.L.O.W.cast is meant to be welcoming to a younger audience …

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Sister Kelly Moline Professes Perpetual Vows with Dominican Sisters of Springfield

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | August 9, 2021

By mid-day on Sunday, August 8, 2021, a defining moment of Sister Kelly Moline’s life had come and gone. Beyond that moment, what follows is a lifelong commitment to her vows of consecration to God as a Dominican Sister of Springfield. That, of course, is not a small or simple thing. As our Dominican Brother …

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What is Profession?

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | August 2, 2021

Sister Kelly Moline will make her perpetual profession of vows on St. Dominic’s Day, August 8, and you are invited to attend via livestream to join in the celebration! Under different circumstances we’d be throwing open the doors for all our friends to be with us in Sacred Heart Convent Chapel for the Mass and profession …

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