fbpx

Cor Unum

The Dream is Real!

It’s Happening!

Sisters Lori, Mary Clare, and Beth have moved into Cor Unum House in the Enos Park Neighborhood of Springfield.

Young women looking for a meaningful experience of community and service can sign up now to get connected to real friends and global engagement. We want to hear from you. Welcome to Cor Unum!

I want to connect to Cor Unum

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

See the house built of generosity and hope!

We thought it couldn’t happen.

The dream of opening a new ministry for and with young adult women was dashed when the building we hoped to use was suddenly unavailable to us.

Seemingly, it was all over. Until it wasn’t!

See what happens when dreams—God’s dream and our dream—flow together. Enjoy this gallery of photos about Cor Unum House—being built of generosity and hope!

“The Christian of today must gather from the body all the spiritual power it contains…this means to live from the center of the heart where love grows and to reach out to the world with faith, hope, and trust in God’s incarnate presence.”              –Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

 What is Cor Unum?

Ministry Ministry

Cor Unum is a ministry

of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield to encourage and support young adult women who want ot deepen their spiritual lives, be of service, and make change for a better world.

The Latin phrase Cor Unum, meaning One Heart,” was chosen with the unique needs of young adult women in mind.

  • Do you ever find yourself filled with questions about institutional religion?
  • Are you curious about God, prayer, or faith?
  • Do traditional expressions of faith puzzle or mystify you?
  • Are you looking for more—meaning, purpose, transformative power—and wonder how you get there?

Then this new and exciting project may be just the thing for you! Learn more here.

Dynamic Community

Cor Unum is a dynamic community

of women who become for one another a source of friendship and support. Participants share their gifts, skills, and creativity. They accompany one another as they reflect on the meaning of their lives in relationship to God, one another, and our neighbors.

“Young women tell us they want a community of friends with whom they can grow personally and spiritually, and make a difference in the world,” said Sister Lori Kirchman, one of three sisters who anchor the new ministry. “Cor Unum is a signal of our aspiration for mutuality among women who want to explore the connection between their own spiritual growth and a more just and peaceful civil society.”

“This is exciting new territory for us,” said Sister Mary Clare Fichtner, an octogenarian who is passionate about beginning this new ministry. “It wouldn’t happen without friends and benefactors who believe in the promise of young people to transform the world.”

House

Cor Unum is a house

on North Fifth Street in historic Enos Park. It is the center—the heart—of your relationships with one another and the place from which we can begin to transform the world.

Those friends include Fletcher Farrar, president of Old Neighborhood Rehab, Inc. The nonprofit’s mission is to make Enos Park a livable and welcoming place by rescuing old buildings and creating a neighborly space. “This aligns well with the Springfield Dominican commitment to seeking right relationship and sharing the Gospel of compassion,” said Sister Beth Murphy, a member of Cor Unum-One Heart’s core community. “Fletcher’s generosity and vision is at the heart of our new ministry.”

Read our press

Catholic Times July 8, 2018

State Journal-Register June 8, 2018

The Enos Park Banner

Taylorville Breeze Courier, June 1, 2018

The Mendota Reporter March 2, 2018

The Cor Unum Team

Rocio Hurtado, top right, at her home with the sisters

Sister Mary Clare Fichtner, Sister Lori Kirchman, and Sister Beth Murphy have been missioned by their Dominican community to this exciting new Springfield Dominican mission. Want to know more?

Meet them here!

Cor Unum is for you!

red cor unum logo

Grow something new for women!

Woman ages 18-35 with a sense of adventure, creative energy, a passion to change the world, or big dose of curiosity are welcome.

Contact us through the form below or call 217-787-0481.

Check out our Facebook page

What’s New

Solidarity in Mississippi

The Dream is Real! It’s Happening! Sisters Lori, Mary Clare, and Beth have moved into Cor Unum House in the Enos Park Neighborhood of Springfield. Young women looking for a meaningful experience of community and service can sign up now to get connected to real friends and global engagement. We want to hear from you. […]

Sister Lori’s Seven Prayer Pointers

The Dream is Real! It’s Happening! Sisters Lori, Mary Clare, and Beth have moved into Cor Unum House in the Enos Park Neighborhood of Springfield. Young women looking for a meaningful experience of community and service can sign up now to get connected to real friends and global engagement. We want to hear from you. […]

Dominican Sisters: Building Relationships in a Disconnected World

The Dream is Real! It’s Happening! Sisters Lori, Mary Clare, and Beth have moved into Cor Unum House in the Enos Park Neighborhood of Springfield. Young women looking for a meaningful experience of community and service can sign up now to get connected to real friends and global engagement. We want to hear from you. […]

Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois logo
Scroll to Top