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?
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. Women and men who value and want to live out their baptismal committment—Dominican sisters, brothers, nuns, laity, and priests have a mission to be that anchor—you can join us.
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.
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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!
One of the largest congregations of women religious in the United States has seen a recent increase in vocations. While there’s no clear reasoning or data behind the trend, sisters in these two Dominican orders – Dominican Sisters of Peace and Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa – say it’s all because of their charism. Read more about this here: https://www.ncronline.org/news/dominicans-cite-their-charism-slight-rise-vocations […]
More women than you might realize sense God drawing them toward a life of fulfilment and happiness as Catholic sisters, but often they miss the opportunity to explore because they aren’t sure what to do once they are tuned in to this prayerful intuition. Walking the path of vocation discernment begins, for many women with […]
Dominican Sisters of Springfield are among the hundreds of women religious joining the Church of the Holy Land and people throughout the world in a day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Middle East on Tuesday, October 17, 2023. In a letter sent to its membership On Monday, October 16, 2023, the Leadership […]
Springfield Dominican Sister Beth Murphy and Father Joe Molloy, a priest of the Springfield, Ill., diocese, talk about “call,” what happened when they were ready to give up, and the way family and parish can impact women’s and men’s decisions to discern vocations to priesthood and religious life. Father Joe’s interest in the priesthood wasn’t […]
This article was first published in the July 23, 2023 edition of the State Journal-Register. In the above photo we see Sister Mila Diaz Solano, center, celebrating her 25th profession anniversary with family and friends. Last weekend (July 16, 2023) we had a glorious celebration at Sacred Heart Convent for the anniversaries of eleven sisters […]
Mary of Magdala is the patroness of the Order of Preachers, call the Apostle to the Apostles because she was the first to “go and tell” the Good News of the Resurrection. Here are some ideas to celebrate her feast day, July 23. Read the lectionary readings for her feast. Listen to a preaching by […]
“Even if you are just a little bit curious, you are welcome,” said Sister Denise Glazik about eleven upcoming opportunities for single Catholic women to explore religious life. The sisters have planned six in-person Come & See weekends and five virtual events, called “Zoom & See” weekends, from September 2023 through December 2024. Single Catholic […]
Do you ever wonder, what, exactly, is a vocation? One of the best definitions comes from Frederick Beuchner, who said “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” What makes you the happiest? What does the world long for? That is where you need […]
A review of Susan Flansburg’s Feels Like Home: Finding Your Way to Catholic Sisterhood Though I’ve been quite aware of the shortage of Catholic sisters in the United States for some time, an experience last year took me by surprise. Our vocation director Sister Denise Glazik and I were at my alma mater-Eastern Illinois University-for a […]
This method of prayer is called visio divina-holy seeing. Here are weekly pairings of a brief text from scripture and an image. The texts are taken from the Roman Catholic Lectionary for Sunday liturgies. The images might be taken by our sisters or communications office staff, or they might be something we find and use […]
If you are early in the process of thinking about your purpose in life-your vocation-sometimes it helps to create some space to learn from others about their own journeys, or to gather advice from experts and wise people. Podcasts can help. Here’s a list of some you might find helpful. F.L.O.W.cast A production of the […]
The first Dominican sisters in central Illinois walked off a train in Jacksonville on Tuesday, August 19, 1873, and into the life of the city, where, the next day, they began organizing for the school year at St. Patrick’s. They couldn’t have known then, but that was the first day of ministry for a new […]
Sister Denise Glazik, OP, director of the Springfield Dominican vocation office, organized a Busy Persons Retreat for parishioners at St. Malachy Parish, Rantoul, Ill., and they showed up! About 40 persons participated. The Dominican Sisters are very familiar with the people of St. Malachy, having served there for more than 100 of our 150 years […]
“Faith-filled and Resilient” Sister Mila Díaz Solano and Michele Sisson-White, in a letter to Springfield Dominican sisters and associates, said they were grateful to represent the community as participants in a process to prepare a document for the North American Continental Phase of the global synod of the Catholic Church. ”We are grateful for the […]
During Catholic Sisters Week, Catholic Sisters in Illinois are challenging themselves and others to abandon the use of single use plastic beverage bottles—and inviting everyone to watch an award-winning film that demonstrates the connection between plastic waste, racism, migration, and climate change. Even the Rain/También la Lluvia, now streaming on Netflix is a Mexican film […]
“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” weekend is planned for March 10-12, 2023, at Cor Unum House-a convent nestled into one of Springfield’s friendliest neighborhoods. Single Catholic women ages […]
Twenty-three congregations of Catholic sisters serving in Illinois will observe Catholic Sisters Week, March 8-14, with a challenge: do not consume beverages from single-use plastic bottles. “We are taking advantage of the annual observance of Catholic Sisters Week to educate, inform, and act to end plastic waste through a Refuse to Use campaign,” said Sister […]
February 2 Event Celebrates 150 Years of Dominican Consecrated Life in Central Illinois Springfield, Ill.-Those seeking an oasis for prayerful contemplation can find it at Sacred Heart Convent on February 2, 2023, when the Dominican Sisters open their luminescent chapel for Sacred is the Call: A Taizé Prayer in Celebration of Consecrated Religious Life. It […]
About the photos: Debbie Shibley during her ministry at St. Mary Hospital, Rogers, Ark., caring for a patient and playing Santa for her community members. 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 […]
By Carolyn White God placed Sister Cecilianne Duello in my life in such a subtle way that I cannot remember the first time I met her…it just seems like she was always a part of my life. As I reflect on the blessing of her presence in my life, I’m in awe of God’s amazing […]
By Sister M. Clare Fichtner, OP From the time I first knew Catholic sisters, I knew I was called to be one. They all impressed me one way or another. Sister Philomena, OP, my sixth- grade teacher, helped me decide which community to enter. She was one of the twelve sisters who traveled 500 miles […]
By Father Joseph Brown, SJ The Covenant by which we are bound was completed—from its proclamation, in Exodus: “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You shall not afflict any widow or orphan…”—by the rendering spoken by Jesus, as He reordered our very identities: […]
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Students at Marian Catholic High School along with members of The Emmaus Community in Olympia Fields helped 250 families in need during a community service project that gave a Thanksgiving meal before the holiday. Over 60 volunteers worked together to assemble and distribute food boxes filled with Thanksgiving staples that helped many have a full […]
Springfield Dominican Sister Katrina Lamkin knew at a young age she wanted to serve as a sister. “A friend and I shared the same idea that we wanted to be sisters. I remember begging my parents to let me go to Sacred Heart Academy to continue my catholic education. It was during my senior year […]
Dominican Sister Katherine O’Connor, OP, announced this week she will step down from her role as president of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. She will leave her post in June, bringing an end to a nearly two-decade career as a leader in Catholic Dominican secondary education in Springfield. […]
As she periodically does, Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz shares news about life at Our Lady of the Sioux Church in Oglala, South Dakota, where she is Parish Life Coordinator, through a newsletter to her friends and supporters. At the top of her list most recently was news of an unexpected message from Pope Francis, who […]
By Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, OP The Holy Family Knocking at Our Door “Do you have a room available?” The call may come from a social worker, child advocate, pastor, or even the police. Someone has arrived on a bus or maybe she is aging out of an Office of Refugee Resettlement center for unaccompanied child […]
Father Andrzej carries a mattress to an apartment for refugee families. Each family has its own kitchen, bathroom, and washing machine. All maintenance costs are covered by the Dominicans. by Fr. Andrzej Mońka, OP. This article originally appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of JUSTWords. View online copy here. It was obvious to us from […]
This Litany of Hope was inspired by the Preaching of Sister Judith Hilbing, OP, during the Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s annual General Assembly, June 16-18, 2022. What would you add to make the litany your own? What is hope? Let us hear your word, O God. Surely your word is HOPE! Hope is in the […]
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