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Our Ancestors

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die."

These words of Jesus to Martha, the sister of Lazarus in the Gospel of John contain the hopes all believers. Here we invite you to commemorate the deaths and honor the lives of our sisters who have died in the hope of eternal life.

What you will find here

On this page are the obituaries of our sisters who have recently died, the annual copy of In Memoriam, and the complete necrology of our sisters who have lived and died as Dominican Sisters of Springfield since our founding in 1873.

Our Ancestors

Remembering those who have gone before us in faith

The foundresses

A necrology, or listing of the deceased, is an ancient tradition in religious communities. In most convents and residences of Dominican Sisters of Springfield you will see the necrology displayed in or near the place of prayer. It includes the names of all the women who have lived and died as members of the congregation. Updated May 14, 2020.

Well done good and faithful servants!

Sister Charlotte Rebbe, OP

Sister Charlotte's Services Private burial at Calvary Cemetery on Monday, April 13. A memorial mass, celebrated by Sister Charlotte’s nephew ...
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Sister Mary Stephanie Kapusta, OP

Sister M. Stephanie's Services Because of the COVID19 outbreak no visitation or funeral mass is planned. Private burial services will ...
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Sister Mary Xavier Kelly, OP

Sister M. Xavier's Services Visitation: 4:00 p.m.—6:15 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2019, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St. ...
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Sister Ann Therese Haupers, OP

Sister Ann Therese's Services Visitation: 4:00 p.m.—6:15 p.m., Monday, November 25, 2019, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St. ...
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Sister Mary Francene Harbauer, OP

Sister M. Francene's Services Visitation: 4:00 p.m.—6:15 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2019, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St. ...
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Sister Mary Blaise Galloway, OP

Sister M. Blaise's Services Visitation: 4:00 p.m.—6:15 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St. ...
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In Memoriam: Remembering our Sisters

Each year in November we publish In Memoriam, a remembrance of our sisters who have died between November 1 and October 31 that year.

The deaths of our sisters leave a void as we mourn the loss of their physical presence. But we believe in the resurrection of the dead and life eternal! This belief helps us maintain a joyful, meaningful connection to these sisters and all our loved ones who have gone before us. We hold them in our prayer, knowing that they, who are loved eternally by their Creator, continue to love us as and intercede for us with their prayer as well.

In Memoriam isva simple booklet for rememebring and reflecting on the gift and grace of our deceased sisters' lives.

If you, too, have a special relationship with one or more of these recently deceased Dominican Sisters of Springfield, we'd like to share our memories with you. To receive your own downloadable PDF copy of In Memoriam complete the form below.

You are also welcome to browse the sisters' obituaries below and share your memories with us.

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"Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are."
- St. John Chrysostom.

Thank you for visiting In Memoriam. Here you can rekindle memories of that special sister who touched your life and share your story, if you like. We know our sisters mean as much to you as they do to us. We are honored to share this special bond with you: The bittersweet experience of loss—a combination of grief and joy. May you find solace here. Please reach out to us if we can be of help.

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