Called by God into right relationship with all creation
and graced by Dominican life and mission,
we compassionately preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mission Statement, Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois
The preaching mission of Jesus is just as necessary—and just as inspiring—as it was for the founder of the Order of Preachers 800 years ago.
St. Dominic and his followers faced challenging complexities as they proclaimed God’s justice and mercy to a world emerging into the Renaissance. The preachers, pastoral leaders, educators, and artists of the 13th century labored, as we do now, to integrate their experience of God with waves of scientific discovery and technological innovation that challenged centuries-old theological and cultural certainties. People were on the move, emigrating in surges that overwhelmed the cities with diverse people and new cultural expectations.
For Dominicans, the anchor in the chaos has always been our consecration to God lived through, community, prayer, and study—all for the sake of the preaching of the Gospel.
Characteristic of Springfield Dominican life in the 21st Century is our commitment to communal living, sung common prayer and liturgy, and our desire to stand with the poor, to accompany those on the margins, and to work toward systems that promote life.
Wherever our sisters minister—whatever our “jobs” are—we share the same commitment to promoting human dignity through teaching and preaching, accompaniment and solidarity, caring for creation, and dismantling institutional racism. And we share these same seven core values.
Our Core Values
Seven core values shape the culture of our congregation: collaboration, contemplative worldview, inclusivity, interdependence, justice, life-long learning and integrity.
We try to embody these principles and bring them to life in our ministries. The video below explains these core values in greater detail.