Sister Ann Regina's Services
Visitors are welcome; masks required.
Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704
Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant.
Burial: Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 19.
Springfield Dominican Sister Ann Regina Baker died October 14, 2021, at Sacred Heart Convent, in the 83rd year of her religious profession, at the age of 101. She was born in 1920 in Lincoln, Ill., to Daniel and Ada Cain Baker and christened Hazel Eileen. She made her profession of vows at in 1938, at Sacred Heart Convent.
The scope and depth of Sister Ann Regina’s life of ministry was remarkable and far-reaching. The first thirty years were spent as a music educator, primarily in Chicago, Springfield, and Odell, Ill. After the Second Vatican Council she branched into catechetical ministries, first as religious education coordinator at Holy Angels Aurora, 1970-1978, then as diocesan director of religious education, and assistant director of renewal for the Rockford diocese, where she served in various roles, 1978-1990. In 1982 she completed a doctoral degree in pastoral ministry. In 1998, she returned to Springfield and began a third ministerial phase, providing spiritual direction for her Dominican Sisters and for guests at Benincasa Spiritual Renewal Center, Riverton. Beginning in 2000 she dedicated her days to helping sisters at Sacred Heart Convent deepen their vowed life by providing weekly classes in theology, spirituality, and human development alongside her longtime collaborator Sister Regina Marie Bernet, OP.
Sister Ann Regina was preceded in death by her parents and her brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Kay Baker. She is survived by her nephew Robert “Buzz” (Ellie) Baker, Sugar Pine, Calif., many devoted and loving friends, and Dominican Sisters.
Visitors are welcome; masks required. Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service. Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Oct. 18, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant. Burial: Roselawn Memorial Park, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Mass and graveside services will be livestreamed.
Memorials to honor the memory of Sister Ann Regina may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister Ann Regina are being served by Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.