Listen in as Sisters Mary Clare Fichtner, Judith Anne Haase, and Marcelline Koch reflect with host Sister Karen Freund about the changes they’ve seen in religious life during their combined 187 years of religious profession.
Sister M. Clare Fichtner gave much of her religious life to teaching and school administration. She is also a dedicated community organizer and antiracist ally. She lives at Sacred Heart Convent where she works in the supply room and revels in the time she has for study and contemplation.
Sister Judith Anne Haase was also an educator and school administrator, having spent many recent years mentoring and teaching seminary students in the archdiocese of Chicago. Now she works in the community archives where she is contributing her skills to telling the story of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield’s first 150 years.
Sister Marcelline Koch is the director of the Springfield Dominican Sisters Office for Social Justice. In that role she continues to teach, educate and preach about the justice mission of the Order of Preachers, represents the community in shareholder activism, and co-coordinates SDART, the Springfield Dominican Antiracism Team.
The host for this episode is Sister Karen Freund. After many years in elementary and secondary education Sister Karen has served as a spiritual formator for new members of the community, and as a parish-based pastoral minister, university chaplain, and spiritual director.
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- God calls us to something more in life; listen for it.
- Religious life changes with the needs of the times.
- Community, prayer, and study are foundational to spiritual growth.
- Dominicans preach from the pulpit of our lives.