In 2023 the Dominican Sisters of Springfield celebrate a century-and-a-half of service, at more than 300 ministry sites worldwide, nearly a third of them within the boundaries of the Diocese of Springfield, where they first landed in Jacksonville on August 19, 1873.
That day, six sisters got off a train and were escorted to their first home in Illinois—a tiny cottage convent. They were anticipating a two-year assignment. Instead they discovered, at the end of those two years, that their pastor and the bishop knew something they were never told: they were meant to be independent from Kentucky and to open their own novitiate. This is how they embarked on a journey of ministry, service, and community that has left its mark globally—and locally—in this diocese which has been their home for 150 years.
How do we measure the impact of hundreds of Dominican Sisters over decades of service?
It seems impossible. Yet, here, some of our friends try to take that measure by sharing their experience of our story. Clergy and religious, lay women and men who have accompanied and labored beside us, friends from within our own faith tradition and others from without—each has something to say. We are humbled and heartened by their witness and invite you to hear their stories as we celebrate 150 years of ministry for the life of the world.
Share YOUR Story, too!
We'd love to hear from you how one or more of our sisters made a positive impact on your life.