Q: What made you want to become a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois Sister Margaret Joanne Grueter, OP? A: "It's about being part of something that is bigger than myself... being drawn to the pursuit of truth." Sister Margaret Joanne explains what called her to become one of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois.
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Dominican Sisters Mission Outreach: Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church, Oglala, South Dakota. Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz has served Native American people for nearly 13 years. Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana: Gros Ventre & Assiniboine (originally part of the Great Sioux Nation) Red Cliff Indian Reservation in Wisconsin: Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota: Oglala Lakota Today Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz is the Parish Life Coordinator for Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala, South Dakota. The new Our Lady of the Sioux Church, Brother Denny Ryan Center and Brother Rene Hall were dedicated on June 2, 2001. The complex was destroyed on June 4, 1999, after a tornado demolished the Oglala area. for more information please contact: Sister Barbara Ann Bogenschutz Parish Life Coordinator Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Oglala, South Dakota 43° 11' 5.94" N 102° 43' 51.67" W
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At 101 years of age Sister M. Pauletta Overbeck is still preaching the Good News of the Gospel by radiating the joy of Christ’s’ love in her daily actions. In this delightful video she shares an Easter story, gives a “tour” of the old motherhouse where she lived as a boarder at Sacred Heart Academy, and tells the story of the day, as a 17-year-old, she decided to become a Dominican Sister. Sister Pauletta still received frequent guests who have been touched by her love and wisdom throughout her 81 years in religious life.
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Sister M. Carolyn Englum, OP Organist for the Springfield Dominican Motherhouse The 22 rank organ was installed in the Motherhouse Chapel in 1968, a gift from the Wick family in honor of their Dominican daughter Sr. M. Kenneth Wick. The pieces of music performed are: 1.Fanfare by Nicolas Jacque Lemmens 2.The God of Abraham Praise Setting by Michael Burkhardt 3.Adeste Fideles Arranged by Richard Purivs 4.Prelude in Classic Style by Gordon Young 5.Baroque Suite by Gordon Young
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In loving memory of Sr. Margaret Joanne Grueter, OP "[Sr. Margaret Joanne] showed us all how to keep walking, to let the beauty we love be what we do. She faced her death with peace and gratitude... in the sure hope of God's promise. [We] can see her walking... possibly running... into the outstretched arms of our loving God, accompanied by her mom and dad, her nephew Benjamin, and all her Dominican sisters."
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Written On Our Hearts: Ten Words for Dominicans to Live By Dominican Associate Day of Reflection at Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Convent Saturday, August 23, 2014 Presented by Sister Megan McElroy, OP 1. Pregnant 2. Birthing 3. Holy Preaching 4. Dialogue 5. Paradox 6. Healing 7. Mission 8. Mercy 9. Ecclesial 10. Sanctifying Noted videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZGghmwUcbQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXMWjtsdIiU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoygmylt2iM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpDQONK5-qI
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The Closing Hymn of the Jubilarians' Celebration on June 14, 2014 was We Are Called. The whole congregation sang as Sister M. Carolyn Englum, O.P. played the organ while the Jubilarians marched out of the chapel together. Sister Englum played The God of Abraham Praise after the march was completed to finish the service. Congratulations and best wishes to all of our Jubilarians: 75 Years Sister Mary Elise Bocke 60 Years Sister Mary Elene Hanrahan Sister Mary Karla Fritz Sister Constance Klamroth Sister Mary Concepta Joerger Sister Mary Brendan Gibbons Sister Mary Trinita Eddington Sister Arlene Chole 50 Years Sister Marie Michelle Hackett Sister Karen Marie Kvidera Sister Patricia Burke Sister Mary Santina De Luca Sister Rita Marie Range 25 Years Sister Anita Cleary
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In loving memory of Sr. Philip Neri Crawford, OP February 26, 2019 "If each of us knows a different face of Sr. Philip, perhaps it is because she knew that bringing many approaches to meet varying situations is a gift – an articulate , bright, insightful speaker who understood silence; an visionary administrator who understood engagement and ownership; a current events junky with a respect for history; an activist who had time for compassion; a woman who loved both being home in a kitchen and traveling with a renewed wonder; a hard “driver” who even sometimes got it that she could not always be in control. Her gifts and her resume are impressive, but it is the energy around all she did that was luminous for us during her long life." (Rememberings by Sr. Mary Paul)
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Billy & Sister Samuella “Ever since I had Sister (Samuella) in 1st grade there has been a warm spot in my heart for women religious in the church, what they have done for the church and also the tremendous amount of work they have done for the wider world. At some point on the pilgrimage I wanted to come to a farm that was run by nuns because there are so many of them around the county, and it is a perfect example of the innovative spirit they have in their ministry that sisters have been doing—forever—so ahead of their time… Just now people are becoming interested in ecology, organic farming and so many things the sisters have been doing. It is so inspiring to see sisters following the spirit and teaching people in different ways. It’s a great privilege to be here with the sisters at Sacred Heart praying with them and coming out to see the fruits, I mean the literal fruits of their prayer.” ~ Billy Menor, Jesuit novice on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Billy Menor went on pilgrimage with only $35 in his pocket from San Francisco, California to one of his final stops: Jubilee Farm in Illinois. He shared amazing stories about his month-long travel experiences as a Jesuit novice. His most interesting story is about his first grade teacher, Sister M. Samuella Volk, OP, who exhibited the joy that influenced his decision to choose a vocation in religious life. Billy shared with Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, and Sister Samuella his profound respect for what women religious have done for the world and how Sister Samuella shaped him as a child to revere the earth and all creation in ways that have stuck with him his whole life. Here is a portion of that conversation recorded on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
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Student journalists Logan Evans and Max Hartwig made a short film asking Sacred Heart-Griffin students, “What is the difference between a nun and a sister”? Sister Phillip Neri Crawford, OP, Sister Phillip Neri Crawford, OP, Sister Rosemary McGuire, OP, Sister Martha Carmody, OP, Sister Mary Brendan Gibbons, OP, and Sister Mary Clare Fichtner, OP share the answer.
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Dominican Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent celebrate 60 and 75 years of consecrated religious life on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP sings Ava Maria in the background. Edited by Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, OP. Photos by Sister Elizabeth Wrenn, OP.
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Sister Pauletta shared a secret with her about community life as a Springfield Dominican: “It is a wonderful pace to be. I came at 17—and I have loved it so much that I have stayed to 101!” Beverly Watson, a junior from Pleasant Plains High School, shares what she learned from career day experience at Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Convent. Beverly said, she learned “the different way they live, what they do and learned a lot more about what they do with their lives every day.” She went on to say, “They all talk to me, they are all nice. They are showing me around—awesome.”
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Sr. M. Carolyn Englum, OP Organist for the Springfield Dominican Motherhouse since 1968 • The God of Abraham Praise Setting by Michael Burkhardt
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Moments from Weaving Your Story, An Integrative Retreat Experience directed by Sister Anita Cleary, OP on July 16-22, 2017. The week of July 16-22, 2017 a small group of Sisters participated in a contemplative retreat. The retreatants integrated elements of the Universe Story with their Dominican stories and the personal experiences they brought to the retreat. Sister Anita guided the Sacred Heart Convent retreatants in the basics of creating a simple woven cloth—weaving the threads of life experiences into a tapestry that celebrates and gives thanks for each retreatant’s story. They learned from demonstrations and found a peaceful place to practice the techniques. At the end of the week they were able to connect with themselves on a deeper level. Communal prayer and contemplative time made the experience especially fulfilling and gratifying; they wove themselves into God’s tapestry.
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Sister M. Carmen was truly a gift to us and to all those whose lives she touched. She is remembered by many Dominican sisters and priests as well as Viatorian priests and brothers as a gracious hostess and wonderful cook and baker. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.
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Sister Philip Neri Crawford, OP delivered the invocation at the re-dedication of the Third Street gateway entrance to Oak Ridge Cemetery on December 3, 2014. Two of our foundresses, Sister Josephine Meagher and Sr. Rachel Conway, were called upon to unveil the statue at Lincoln's Tomb on October 14, 1874. The gate has now been recreated to appear as it was during Lincoln's funeral procession. We are honored to be a part of this legacy.
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Einstein the Border Collie performs tricks for the Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent. Einstein's owner is the brother of Sister M. Dominic Yanker and visited the weekend of October 10, 2014. Sister Dominic recently moved from Monastery of Mary the Queen Elmira, NY with the rest of the Dominican Nuns to live on the1st floor of Siena Hall connected to Sacred Heart Convent as they wait for the completion of their new monastery. The Dominican Family is growing all the time! The video was shot in the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Convent north courtyard.
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Sister M. Dominica Brennan, OP tells the story about the day she told her family she decided to become a Dominican Sister. Originally published on Nov 4, 2014 for a National Vocation Awareness Week 2014 video called “When did you tell your family you decided to be a Dominican Sister?”
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On the feast of St. Catherine of Siena--that fiery Italian Doctor of the Church--we say farewell to Sr. Mary Ventura, a woman who proudly wove her Italian roots and culture into her love for diversity, her experience with Mexican migrants and Vietnamese refugees, the many students she taught and loved in her abundant generosity, truth-telling and educational mentoring.
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Jubilarian Celebration Saturday, August 8, 2015 Feast Day of St. Dominic De Guzman
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Sacred Heart-Griffin Band under direction of Sister Melissa Blankestyn, OP played the SKYFALL Theme from James Bond 007 movie on 5/9/13 for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois in Sacred Heart Convent.
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Valeria Cueto is a Sacred Heart-Griffin teacher, Dominican Antiracism advocate, and Mom. At the at the Families Belong Together rally on Saturday, June 30, 2018 she shared her parent's journey give her a chance at a better life and flee profound hardships. Her little 18-month-old daughter joined her on stage to help deliver the message. “The trauma both of my parents survived was only mitigated by the fact that they were welcomed into this country, our county, and that they faced the arduous journey to safety together, with their families.” “My 18-month-old daughter gives me life... imagining the pain I would feel if she was taken from me takes my breath away, literally. And she is older than some of the children who have been ripped from their mother’s arms.” "Seeking asylum is not a crime, it is a human right."
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What do Rock 'n Roll, Hip Hop and Dominican Sisters have in common? Prayer Perspectives in music. Dominican Associate Session “A Call to Prayer and Preaching” Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, OP Sunday, September 14, 2014 See the whole Dominican Associate Session “A Call to Prayer and Preaching” here: http://youtu.be/jiL270taF64
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Panel of Springfield Dominican Sisters, Associates and Coworkers during the St. Dominic’s Hospital system Spirit Pilgrimage on February 21, 2019.
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Veronica Espina JUST Words Volume 18, Number 1 video
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Sister Clare, a Springfield Dominican Sister, and Annastasia Munyati, an educator and author in Zambia have a relationship centered in helping others. Sister Clare’s relationship with Annastasia is a connection across continents. Their shared drive to help other people changed the lives of people around them for the better. Annastasia Munyati ‘s book ‘Elements Of Human Geography – Zambia High School Geography Grades 10 – 12’ is used to teach the entire nation of Zambia. “It gives me hope that if you just give people a little help they are quite capable of helping themselves.” ~ Sister Mary Clare Fichtner, OP “God blesses our lives for a particular reason… You get one opportunity and one chance to do something in life and you have to grab it with both your hands.” ~ Annastasia Munyati Video premiere: Valentine's Day 2019.
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Sister Pauletta Overbeck, OP sat down for an interview on April 20, 2015 to share some of her experiences after turning 100 in January. In his segment she talks about the challenges of teaching during the Great Depression and World War II. Sisters would get by on $40 a month and depend on the kindness of others for their basic needs and to support the ministries. When people couldn't pay in the small missions the sisters would accept their payment in food: potatoes, bread, vegetables, and apples.
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Sister Bernadette Marie McGuire, OP, former librarian and homeroom teacher at Rosary High School, Aurora, Illinois, livestreamed her comedy set on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and Instagram on Friday, February 8, 2019 from the Springfield Dominicans' motherhouse.
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Sister Mary Linda Tonellato, OP inspects the emblem on the Abraham Lincoln funeral hearse carriage replica. The replica of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral hearse carriage from Staab Funeral Homes was on display at Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL Sacred Heart Convent on May 28, 2015.
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Sister Josephine Therese understood that she was “of God”. She believed that St. Dominic’s was God’s work. Therefore, she walked with confidence, compassion and wisdom. Blessed with uncanny business acumen she readily saw abundance and possibility where others saw scarcity and feared failure. Her actions, her determination, her perseverance flowed from unwavering belief that, in the words of poet, Mary Oliver: I am of God; I was not made for night. Here there is room to lift my arms and sing. Oh, God is vast!
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Here is a slideshow of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois 2014 General Chapter with photos and short videos. The song (We Are One) was used as prayer by the Sisters during one of the sessions. The General Chapter took place between Friday, December 27, 2013 and Friday, January 3, 2014. The Sisters celebrated the New Year with the Peruvian Sisters' tradition of wearing yellow, the color that represents rebirth, change and a new beginning. Sisters ended General Chapter sessions by voting unanimously to adopt the Chapter statement: Together -- Birthing Anew.
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Brown Bag Seminar held at Sacred Heart Convent on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Sister Sharon Zayac, OP, Director of Jubilee Farm, lead an audience through Pope Francis’ suggestions for making a positive impact on Care for our Common Home.
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Catholic Social Teaching 1-6-2019 Sr. Marcelline Koch, OP
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Preaching during General Assembly 2013 Hna. Mila Díaz Solano, OP
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March 8, 2017 Christ the King School Students visited Sacred Heart Convent on International Women’s Day, the first day of National Catholic Sisters Week. Future leaders share what they learned from Springfield Dominican Sisters today. NCSW 2017 & International Women's Day
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Springfield Dominican Sisters Catherine Anne Yager and Ann Clennon share their vocation stories during the St. Dominic’s Hospital Spirit Pilgrimage on Feb. 21, 2019.
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Three Springfield Dominicans are making a difference in the world by starting new ministries… Hermana Mila Díaz Solano, OP Beginning a new teaching ministry at Mundelein Seminary Sister Ann Brummel, OP Leading an innovative new elementary school in Aurora, Illinois Sister Rose Marie Riley, OP Joined the staff at Jubilee Farm
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Sister Linda Tonellato, OP shares the unique history of the Springfield, Illinois Dominicans on Sunday, 11/15/2015. This recording was made at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, Illinois for an Associate candidate session. If you are interested in becoming a Dominican Associate and the Springfield Dominican Associate Program, please contact Sister Paul Mary here: http://springfieldop.org/about-us/dominican-associates/
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Today (Thursday, May 15, 2014) the ducklings are going to live in a safer environment with an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Certified Bird Rehabilitatior. The mallard duck family took a walk around the courtyard this morning before they we carefully moved to their new home. Music (Airport Lounge) by Kevin MacLeod via incompetech.com
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Sister Philip Neri Crawford, OP and Sister John Vianney Rudolph, OP decorate the Christmas Tree in the entryway.
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