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Sacred Is the Call: Taizé Prayer at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel

February 2 Event Celebrates 150 Years of Dominican Consecrated Life in Central Illinois

Springfield, Ill.—Those seeking an oasis for prayerful contemplation can find it at Sacred Heart Convent on February 2, 2023, when the Dominican Sisters open their luminescent chapel for Sacred is the Call: A Taizé Prayer in Celebration of Consecrated Religious Life. It is the first Taizé-style prayer at the convent in over 10 years.

The hour-long service begins at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel at 1237 W. Monroe Street. The facility is fully accessible and has plenty of free off-street parking. 

“We are pleased to be able to share our chapel and our prayer once again after such a long time,” said Sister Mila Díaz Solano, liaison from the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters for the 150th anniversary ad hoc committee. 

Can't make it to the convent? Watch livestream here!

Popular the world over, Taizé prayer is characterized by simple repetitive melodies, uncluttered by too many words, to open participants to the still voice of God within. This way of prayer is associated with an ecumenical monastery in Taizé, France, where generations of young people have been drawn to the monks’ mission of prayer and reconciliation since its founding by 25-year-old Roger Schütz in 1940. Brother Roger’s first mission was to welcome Jewish refugees from the war to his home near the demarcation line in France. 

The sisters’ event is one way they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of their congregation in Jacksonville, Ill., when six Dominican sisters from a convent in Kentucky arrived there to teach the mostly-immigrant children of Irish railroad workers. 

February 2 is recognized globally as a day of prayer for consecrated life, when the Catholic Church acknowledges and celebrates the gift of vowed life to the church. The Dominican Sisters, like members of other religious communities, are consecrated to lives of celibacy, poverty, and obedience in the service of God’s people and the Church. 

For a complete schedule of 150th Anniversary events, to inquire about a vocation to Dominican Life, or for more information about the Feb. 2 prayer, call 217-787-0481 or visit here. 

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