2015 was an amazing year for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois! Two of our Sisters saw Pope Francis address Congress in the fall. Early this year Sister Marcelline Koch traveled to Iraq to stand in solidarity with the Iraqi Dominican Sisters and bear witness to one of the world’s most pressing humanitarian disasters – the displacement of millions of families by political instability and war in the Middle East. Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), was released and at a conference in Ohio our very own Sister Sharon Zayac, who manages our ecological and spirituality center Jubilee Farm, shared the dais with Cardinal Peter Turkson, Pope Franicis’ point man for the Church’s approach to care of our common home.
We celebrated the faithful commitment of sixteen of our sisters who mark profession milestones, sent Sister Kelly off to the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate, and marked ten years of commitment to anti-racism with a rockin’ Gospel concert and a proclamation from Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder.
Read some of the many interesting stories that we shared in 2015. The stories are listed in reverse chronological order from most recent to the beginning of 2015.
Take a few moments to reflect on your year with contemplative silence and fill yourself with awareness of the many blessings God has given us. We hope that your 2016 will be a year full of gratitude, grace and giving to God’s work.
— Springfield OP (@springfieldop) December 30, 2015