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  • Diocesan presence felt in D.C.

    More than 250 central Illinoisans signed up for the annual trip to the nation's capital for the 2016 March for Life Youth Pilgrimage. Buses departed early in the day Jan. 20 from various points throughout the Springfield diocese. Twenty-three groups representing 27 parishes or congregations were on board, including one group from the neighboring Diocese of Peoria. Read More
  • Seminarians gather to greet new year and each other

    "The opportunities that our seminarians have to be with one another and with the priests of our diocese are special times." So said Father Brian Alford when asked for a takeaway from the winter gathering of seminarians, held each year between Christmas and New Year's while they are on break from their studies. Except for two studying in Rome, more than 20 seminarians attended the gathering Dec. 29-30, 2015. Read More
  • Grateful couple donates in honor of daughter

    When Lucy DeFrain was born at HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital in December 2009, she weighed 1 pound, 4 ounces. She was born at 27 weeks. In the first 30 days of her life, parents Megan and Dr. Chad DeFrain were told more than once that their baby may not survive. Read More
  • Friend(s) of Catholic education

    The award is named "Friend of Catholic Education," but in the case of the McClains, it's friends ... with an "s." The family of Elmo "Mac" and Margie McClain will be recognized Feb. 6 at the eighth annual "Friend of Catholic Education Award" dinner at the Quincy Quality Inn & Suites. The award is given annually by the Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools Foundation (QCES) to recognize significant contributions to Catholic schools in Quincy. Read More
  • New leadership at FMCHS

    Father Jeffrey Goeckner has been named the first ever president of Father McGivney Catholic High School (FMCHS). He will continue in his current positions as pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville and Dean of the Alton Deanery. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Dolorine Czok, OSF

    Sister Dolorine Czok, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Jan. 8 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 101 years old. Sister Dolorine was born in Kempa, Silesia, Germany on April 17, 1914, the daughter of Franz and Maria Schymassek Czok. She entered the congregation on May 31, 1933 in Germany and professed her religious vows on May 3, 1936 in the American Province. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Janet Ebben, OSF

    Sister Janet Ebben, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Jan. 12 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 97 years old. Sister Janet was born in Kaukauna, Wis., on Aug. 20, 1918, the daughter of Henry and Mary Huven Ebben. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1939. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of January 24 and 31. Read More
  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of January 24 and 31. Read More
  • Seeing Jesus in all you encounter; love endures

    In Luke's Gospel for this weekend, Jesus rises in the temple to read from the Book of Isaiah, where he proclaims that the poor will have glad tidings brought to them, a year of liberty would be proclaimed to the captives, recovery of sight given to the blind, and the oppressed would be set free. Read More
  • Good decisions can be made at any age, by anyone

    "Are you on cannabis?" asked the sandy-haired, uncomfortable-looking teen. He was one of several hundred exhausted high school students waiting for final results at a debate tournament on a college campus. I was one of several dozen similarly exhausted judges. I wasn't sure I heard him correctly. "Excuse me? Are you serious?" Read More
  • Resolutions that extend beyond the new year

    By now, many people have given up their resolutions. A couple of articles I saw in January confirmed this. In one, a local writer who exercises regularly and writes for a fitness blog reports that she dreads the gym in January. Finding a parking spot is frustrating, and the gym is so packed that you must wait in line for a machine. Read More
  • Lessons for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

    As the Jubilee Year of Mercy began, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I remembered the popular parable of the prodigal son. Its graphic depiction of the younger son's profligate behavior, the depth of his misery groveling for scraps among pigs, and the father's magnanimous welcome with rings, robe, sandals and feast leave little unsaid about the father's boundless mercy. Read More
  • Practicing works of mercy toward the elderly during Jubilee year

    Pope Francis has a "burning desire" during this special Jubilee year. He wants us to reflect on and practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy so that we may "enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God's mercy." Read More
  • Our duty to those who doubt their faith

    Recently, I received a letter from a person desperate because his brother left the church in anger, saying a lot of what the church teaches is a myth. I told the person I would pray for the situation. But I imagine there are a lot of similar situations out there. Read More
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