Dominican Associates

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Associates and Prayer Associates,

If you have not had an opportunity to renew your commitment as An Associate or Prayer Associate for the five year period 2019-2024, you are asked to complete the form here and mail it to Sr. M. Joan Sorge at 1237 West Monroe St., Springfield, IL., 6270. Our Dominican Sisters value the relationship we share with you as Associates.  Thank you for your presence in our lives.  You are remembered in our daily prayers!


Sr. M. Joan Sorge

Sister Mary Joan Sorge OP

The Springfield Dominican Associate Program was formed in 1990 as a means for laypeople to participate in our congregation’s mission. Dominican Associates are men and women who embrace the Dominican traditions of prayer, study, community and ministry.  They are called to share the Gospel with others and “preach with their lives.”

Are you interested in becoming a Dominican Associate? If you think you might want to learn more about how to become a candidate, we would be happy to pray for you and with you as you discern your calling.

Contact Sister M. Joan Sorge, OP, with your questions to learn more about how to become a Springfield, Illinois Dominican Associate.  You may wish to view one of the Associate Formation Candidate Sessions  or read the brochure we have provided here.

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How do I become a
Dominican Associate?

If you are a baptized Christian and at least 21 years old, you are eligible to seek candidacy. After being accepted into the program, Associate candidates complete a nine-month formation process in which candidates study dimensions of church and Dominican life as they are interwoven in study, prayer, community and ministry. The structured phase of the formation process concludes with a one-day retreat during which candidates discern their next step of commitment.  The Associate relationship is formalized and celebrated through a commitment ceremony held at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, IL.

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Associate Formation Candidate Session:

Living a Balanced Life
Sister M. Joan Sorge, OP
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Our Mission

Springfield Dominican Associates are called to embody the Dominican charism, hear and proclaim God’s Word, and promote the dignity of all persons.  We commit ourselves to lives rooted in prayer, study, community and ministry.  Through our diverse gifts we strive to participate in the mission of the Church by putting into action our call to preach the Word with our lives.

Uncover the light of the Gospel in the world

  • Deepen your relationship with God and God’s people.
  • Use your unique gifts.
  • Embrace your role as leaven for a world in search of meaning.

Want to know more?


Sister M. Joan Sorge, OP,
Director of Associates

(217) 787-0481

Email Sister M. Joan Sorge, OP

Monthly meetings will allow you to explore:

  • The life of St. Dominic and the work of the order he founded, the Order of Preacher
  • The gifts the Dominicans bring to the church and the orders’ characteristic life of prayer and spirituality
  • The witness of Dominican saints like: Catherine of Siena, Thomas Aquinas and Rose of Lima
  • The history and ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield
  • Your own relationship to God and God’s people
  • The role of the baptized as leaven for the world in search of meaning

Reasons to become a Dominican Associate:
A call to share the Gospel,

A longing to pray, study and serve with others,

A desire to preach the Word with our lives.

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We fill each other with spiritual strength and we then take that strength out to give to others who may need help to bear the cross.

Patty Fitzpatrick

Dominican Associate Mission

We, Dominican Associates of Springfield, Illinois
are called to
embody the Dominican charism,
hear and proclaim God’s word, and
promote the dignity of all persons.

We commit ourselves to lives rooted in
prayer, study, community and ministry.
Through our gifts of diversity,
we strive to participate in the mission
of the church
by putting into action our call
to preach the word with our lives.

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I find that my faith has grown in reading and discerning God’s word as well as in finding the courage and strength to DO God’s word.

Nancy Armstrong

I’m ever so grateful all these years for the support, friendship, and interaction with the sisters and associates who have been with me on this journey.

Fran Fischer

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