Cor Unum is For You
Cor Unum is for young adult women (18-35, roughly) who desire to deepen their spiritual lives, be of service, and make change for a better world.
Cor Unum Village
Cor Unum Village is a community of women who are a source of friendship and support for one another and for neighbors near and far. Participants in Cor Unum Village shape the “village” by sharing their gifts, skills, and creativity through their relationships with the Dominican Sisters and other Cor Unum women. We accompany one another while we reflect on the meaning of our lives in relationship to God, one another, and our neighbors. Cor Unum Village members can live anywhere in the world! We connect with one another across the miles via the internet and seek ways to support one another.
Cor Unum House
Cor Unum House is a residence in one of Springfield's most dynamic and historic neighborhoods, Enos Park.
We are ready to welcome as many as three women ages 21-35 who want to experience more deeply the transformative power of an intentional life of simplicity, prayer, and service.
Cor Unum House residents commit to a minimum 9-month residency (renewable for up to three years). Along side the Dominican Sisters, they explore together and with the women of Cor Unum Village, the power and meaning of the ancient Dominican values of prayer, study, preaching (service) and common life (you might know this as intentional community).
How to join the village
Come be with us. You belong to Cor Unum because you want to belong. Period. All you need is the desire to be present with and to women like yourself who are looking for a meaningful, fulfilling, and mutually enriching experience of community in solidarity with people whom others may overlook. There are no fees, no requirements, no expectations.
What Cor Unum looks like depends entirely on the creative energies of participants. You will make it what it will be.
One great thing about Cor Unum is its value as a “collaboratory” for leaders—women who want to be change-leaders for a better world. You will have plenty of space for developing your skills as a leader of a new world.
How to become a resident of the house
Cor Unum House is a gorgeous, restored American Four Square built in 1905. There is room for three women who are looking for an intentional community living arrangement to join the three sisters who live here.
To live in the house, there are some requirements and expectations.
- Women must be 21-35 years of age, in school or working (or both), and able to support yourself financially within the parameters of a simple, sustainable lifestyle.
- Demonstrate a desire and capacity for the commitment.
- Complete a process of integration into the community, including a minimum 3-month participation in activities of Cor Unum Village. (For women seeking residency who do not currently live in or near Springfield, an agreement will be reached regarding how her integration process will proceed.)
- Show a desire and capacity for a deepening spiritual quest in the Christian tradition in collaboration with others who share that desire. Residents do not need to be Catholic.
What expectations are there for residents?
As Dominican Sisters of Springfield, we center our lives on Jesus as we work to dismantle systemic racism and seek right relationship with Earth.
These commitments are essential to life at Cor Unum House. Residents, like the sisters who live there, can expect to:
- Welcome ethnically and culturally diverse companions who strive to reveal and dismantle the systems that keep whiteness at the center of power in our culture.
- Integrate values consistent with our desire to live sustainably and in right relationship with God’s creation.
- Be drawn forward in hope as we work together for positive change in the world.
- Be accountable to one another.
- Be available for regular times for personal and communal study aimed at integrating our public witness and our private lives.
I’m interested! What do I do next?
Call the sisters at Cor Unum House today! They will be ready to talk with you about next steps.