What do you hope for this Christmas? What is pulling on your heart strings? Sister Regina Marie Bernet has been a sign of living hope for hundreds of people for more than 65 years.
Sister Regina Marie’s magnetic smile attracted generations of art students at Sacred Heart Academy.
"They pulled on my heart strings. My goal was to let them know they were valued and loved by God," she said.
She was a sign of Living Hope!
Will you join her in being a sign of living hope and love to our sisters this Christmas?
Be a Living Hope for Others
Amid the chaos in our world, where do we find an anchor of hope?
Sister Regina Marie simply can’t do this alone.
A gift from you today will help keep alive her mission to be a living hope to all in need.
For 25 years, Sister Regina Marie was a sign of living hope as she crossed boundaries into state prisons throughout central Illinois. She brought God’s love and acceptance to women and men shunned by society. Using her skill as an art therapist, she helped dozens of imprisoned women grow in self-understanding, paving the way for more hopeful futures.
Art made it easier for the women to share painful experiences and then leave them as a distant memory, helping them to forgive themselves and others.
Be inspired by the stories of the women healed through Sister Regina Marie's ministry by clicking on the images below to enjoy these inspiring works of art.
Will you help?
Please support Sister Regina Marie and all of the Dominican Sisters in our mission to be a witness to living hope.
A gift from you provides:
- hope & encouragement for our senior sisters;
- equipment and supplies for protection for our sisters during the pandemic; and,
- God’s love and acceptance for those we serve who feel isolated and abandoned by others.
We are grateful for your partnership in God's mission!
Sal Figueras has been a dedicated partner to Dominicans for most of his life. Listen to his story about how Sister Regina Marie inspired him with living hope.
Sister Regina Marie's Art Classes Inspired Generations
Living Hope: Unfolding the Life of Sister Regina Marie Bernet
Once, while reflecting on her response to God’s call, Sister Regina Marie wrote a series of refrains, each addressed to God with the opening words: “You called.” We use her words here to frame the remarkable story of her gift of living hope over decades of faithful ministry.
Come along for the journey as we fill out the refrain of her life.
Having taken art during all four of my years at Sacred Heart Academy, I was graced with the guidance and tutelage of Sister Regina Marie Bernet. Some of the projects that I remember doing include: a straight-on magazine image of a face. We cut the magazine picture straight down the middle so it was a […]
“You called. I answered and entered the ministry of teaching…I survived only on your mercy and strength along with the wisdom of those around me.” ~Sister Regina Marie Bernet Photo provided by Peggy Derhake, Former Sacred Heart Academy Student After 18 months in formation, Marilyn made her profession of vows, took the name Regina Marie, […]
If I was to pick the most influential person in my life, it would without any hesitation be Sister Regina Marie. I was beyond blessed to have her as a teacher during my four years at Sacred Heart Academy. One of her most admirable traits is that no matter what day it was, what was […]
How Did Springfield Dominican Sister Regina Marie Bernet go from being a sheltered child growing up in a loving home on Springfield’s North End to a sign of Living Hope for hundreds of students and families-then wind up in prison? That’s what we’ll explore as we unfold young Marilyn Bernet’s story, from her baptism at […]
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