To the Next Five Years: Springfield Dominicans Elect New Leaders, Evaluate Mission at General Chapter Meeting
May 2, 2024
SPRINGFIELD—The Dominican Sisters of Springfield gathered in April for their week-long General Chapter meeting, a week of prayerful conversation and deliberation, which plans for the next five years. 
The first five days, called the “Chapter of Life and Mission” centered on prayer, study and discussion. At its conclusion, the  sisters affirmed a chapter statement about developing collaborative congregation leadership and responding to the needs of the Church and the world. 
That response builds on their their current ministry, which in the Diocese of Rockford includes teaching at Rosary High School and St. John Paul II Academy as well as running the Dominican Literacy Center, all in Aurora. They will also continue their antiracism ministry and efforts to live sustainably and care for the earth. 
The sisters committed to strengthen their community, welcoming and supporting new members. They agreed to build intercultural relationships, studying, engaging and witnessing to the Good News in the United States and Peru (their countries of origin). 
In the last two days, their “Chapter of Elections,” the sisters chose four new leaders, pictured above after the closing liturgy, from left: Sister Elyse Marie Ramirez, Sister Kathlyn Mulcahy, Sister Mary Paul McCaughey and Sister Joanne Delehanty. They will assume leadership on June 15. 
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