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A sacred space in conversation with the world

This essay first appeared in the October 7, 2018 edition of the Springfield State Journal-Register’s Beliefs column, to which Sister Beth Murphy is a frequent contributor. “This is a chapel built for the ages!” So exclaimed an awe-struck teenage visitor to Sacred Heart Convent Chapel last spring. It’s true. The chapel where we Dominican Sisters …

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Architectural Historian Presents on Sacred Heart Convent Chapel

Anthony Rubano’s commute takes him past Sacred Heart Convent chapel nearly every day, but it wasn’t until he got his first peek inside that he realized what an architecture gem was hiding in plain sight in Springfield’s Historic West Side neighborhood. Rubano, a project director for the Illinois Historic Preservation Office, will share his love …

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Why Care about the Sisters’ Prayer?

Dominican Sisters Welcome the Public for Solemn Evening Prayer October 7 Like all Catholic sisters around the world, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield gather at least twice a day for Liturgy of the Hours, a prayer tradition that pre-dates Christianity. The sisters’ prayer incorporates psalms, canticles, and sacred texts from Jewish and Christian scriptures. Springfield …

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Dominican Sisters Announce Open House Schedule

October 7 event celebrates 50 years of prayer & ministry at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel Springfield, Ill.—A complete schedule for the October 7 open house at Sacred Heart Convent, is announced today by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. This rare public event, Sacred Time, Sacred Space, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the …

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Sacred Heart Convent Open House

Sacred Time, Sacred Space October 7, 2018 Springfield, Ill.--The public is invited to Sacred Heart Convent, the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, on October 7, 2018, for a rare public open house commemorating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their historic chapel at 1237 W. Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62704. Sacred Time, …

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A Place in the Chapel

by Sister Kathleen Anne Tait, OP, Director of Mission Advancement, Dominican Sisters of Springfield The light streaming through the windows of our motherhouse chapel radiates the warmth of God’s love. That light also reminds us of the generations of sisters and associates and friends who have prayed in this space and discovered that love. Today …

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Gozo | Joy

Dios Misericordioso de la Abundancia, eres tú quien llena mis días y noches de gozo. Como las estrellas que llenan el cielo nocturno de belleza y maravilla, llenas mis días de una alegría electrizante y tranquila. El ángel proclamó a los pastores en Belén: “Les traigo buenas nuevas de gran gozo que vendrán a todo …

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Caridad | Charity

En la fachada de la Capilla del Convento del Sagrado Corazón hay cuatro ventanas tituladas por Gabriel Loire, “Caridad”. La ubicación de las ventanas, a cada lado de la entrada de la capilla, enfatiza el espíritu con el que entramos a este lugar sagrado. Tomando su inspiración de la primera epístola de San Pablo a …

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Light & Truth

Celebrating 50 years of God’s playful presence in Sacred Heart Convent Chapel “O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me” Psalm 43:3 One of the most endearing and enduring facts about the windows in the Motherhouse chapel is that they tell the story of who we are as Dominicans of Springfield. …

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Light | Luz

By Hermana Elizabeth Castro Cruz, OP   Eyes that see the light in each dawn Blessed light, you gift our eyes with the discovery of life in each new dawn Blessed light, you gift my eyes with the beauty of creation, giver of life Blessed light, you gift my eyes with the majesty of life …

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The Work of a Sacred Space

What we celebrate is not just the structure that surrounds us but what has happened within us who are faithful to listening and acting on the Word of God. Sacred Heart Convent chapel was dedicated on October 6, 1968, a remarkable year in the history of the world for myriad reasons. The year encompassed two …

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Sacred Heart Convent Open House

Sacred Time, Sacred Space October 7, 2018 Springfield, Ill.--The public is invited to Sacred Heart Convent, the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, on October 7, 2018, for a rare public open house commemorating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their historic chapel at 1237 W. Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62704. Sacred Time, …

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An old hurt, reconciled

In 1999, we Springfield Dominicans held the closing of our celebration of 125 years of Dominican life (1873-1998). Sister Marcelline Koch and Sister Sharon Zayac shared this, favorite, poignant memory from that celebration: “On August 7, 1999, we hosted Dominicans speaking to us about the chosen theme “Gifts Poured Out for Others.” One of these …

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