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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?

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.

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!

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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Mission and Truth: New Springfield Dominican Sisters leadership team takes office

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | June 18, 2024

Springfield, Ill.-The Springfield Dominican Sisters’ leadership team, elected last April during general chapter, began a five-year term of service last week after their formal installation during Mass at Sacred Heart Convent here on Saturday, June 15. During a brief, moving ritual, Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, the outgoing prioress general, formally questioned Sister M. Paul McCaughey, […]

Miracle on the Lake: A heart-racing story of near-tragedy for Dominican Sisters of Springfield

By Website Administrator | February 29, 2024

Podcast highlights impact of women religious for Catholic Sisters Week March 8-15. Available here March 8. Springfield, Ill.-A heart-racing story about a near-tragedy that befell ten Springfield Dominican Sisters in 1972 is the centerpiece of the congregation’s Catholic Sisters Week observances this year. Two Springfield Dominicans, Sister Margaret Grueter and Sister Marie Michelle Hackett, share […]

Dominicans cite their charism for slight rise in vocations

By Website Administrator | January 22, 2024

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  […]

Walking the path of vocation discernment? This might be your next step

By Website Administrator | October 26, 2023

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 […]

Catholic Sisters invite you to join them in prayer and fasting for the Middle East

By Website Administrator | October 16, 2023

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 […]

Join us for a Meet Our Sisters Tour watch party

By Website Administrator | October 10, 2023

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 […]

Are you willing to choose a “wild and precious” life?

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | August 3, 2023

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: A Visual Feast

By Website Administrator | July 21, 2023

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 […]

Come & See: 2023-2024 Vocation Event Schedule

By Website Administrator | July 11, 2023

“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 […]

Discovering Your Vocation

By Website Administrator | July 11, 2023

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 […]

Feels Like Home: A Book for Every Catholic Bookshelf 

By Website Administrator | July 5, 2023

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 […]

Visio Divina: Seeing as Prayer

By Website Administrator | June 27, 2023

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 […]

Podcasts for Vocation Discernment

By Website Administrator | May 31, 2023

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 […]

Remembering Our Roots in Jacksonville

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | March 27, 2023

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 […]

St. Malachy Parishioners Show up for Retreat

By Website Administrator | March 13, 2023

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 […]

Springfield Dominicans participate in the North American Continental Synod

By Website Administrator | March 9, 2023

 “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 […]

A Do-it-yourself Catholic Sisters Week Watch Party

By Website Administrator | March 3, 2023

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 […]

Vocation Discernment Event Scheduled for March 10-12, 2023

By Sister Beth Murphy, OP | February 23, 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” 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 […]

Illinois’ Catholic sisters launch campaign to “Refuse to Use” single-use plastic beverage bottles

By Website Administrator | February 10, 2023

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 […]

Sacred Is the Call: Taizé Prayer at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel

By Website Administrator | February 2, 2023

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 […]

Needed: Courageous Women to Share the Gospel

By Website Administrator | February 1, 2023

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 […]

Relationships that Matter: Sister Cecilianne Duello was always a part of my life

By Website Administrator | January 24, 2023

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 […]

Relationships that matter: Sister Philomena was with and for us

By Website Administrator | January 20, 2023

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 […]

Relationships that matter: Sister M. Rose Schleeper a covenant of liberation

By Website Administrator | January 19, 2023

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: […]

Come & See Registration

By Website Administrator | January 16, 2023

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Students at Marian Catholic Join Dominican Sisters to help others

By Website Administrator | November 29, 2022

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 […]

Former educator now feeds the hungry

By Website Administrator | November 9, 2022

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 […]

Thank You to Sister Katherine O’Connor, completing her years of service at SHG

By Website Administrator | November 3, 2022

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. […]

Oglala Update: News from Sister Barbara Ann

By Website Administrator | October 31, 2022

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 […]

Bethany House of Hospitality

By Website Administrator | October 10, 2022

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 […]

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