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Twenty-eight Dominican associates make commitment Sixteen are residents of the diocese; long-time director honored

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Sixteen are residents of the diocese; long-time director honored

Dominicans coThe Dominican Sisters of Springfield welcomed 28 new associates — and expressed gratitude to Sister Paul Mary Janssens, OP, who is leaving leadership of the program after 11 years of service — during Mass at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on May 7. Sixteen associates are residents of the diocese. They hail from Springfield, Bluffs, Auburn, Jacksonville, Illiopolis and Pana. Other new associates are from around Illinois and Jackson, Miss., where the Dominican Sisters sponsor St. Dominic Health Services.

All new associates participated in a nine-month course in the history, spirituality and mission of the Dominicans, either in Springfield or via video conference from remote sites in Chicago Heights and Jackson, Miss.

During Mass Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, prioress general, thanked Sister Paul Mary for her years of service in the associate program, calling her a “superb animator” of the associates and an enthusiastic supporter of lay leadership in the church.

The new associates from the Springfield diocese are: Barbara Kern, Kathy and Kevin Vost from St. Agnes Parish, Springfield; Kris Wellman from Little Flower Parish, Springfield; Illiopolis resident Mary Hawkins and Buffalo resident Sandy Barnett, who are members of Resurrection Parish, Illiopolis; Jacksonville residents Judy and Tom Cisne, Linda Curtis, Charlotte Denight, Hannah Hamilton, Marilyn Murphy, Chris Pennell and Bluffs resident Michelle Hoots, who are all members of Our Saviour Parish, Jacksonville; Auburn resident Dan Horn, who is a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Chatham; and Pana resident Peggy Begole, who is a member of St. Patrick Parish, Pana.

Known formally as the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans were founded in 1216 by St. Dominic Guzman, a Spaniard whose genius was to gather a family of women and men dedicated to prayer, study, community life, and preaching the Gospel. The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, whose congregation was established in Jacksonville in 1873, are committed to those same foundations.

Baptized Christians from any tradition may be candidates for the Dominican Associate Program. Women seeking vowed membership as sisters are required to be single and Catholic. For more information about becoming a Dominican sister or a Dominican associate, call (217) 787-0481 or email .

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