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  • Prayer in the Public Square draws participants to steps of Capitol

    Prayer in the Public Square draws participants to steps of Capitol Approximately 120 people of all ages gathered on the steps of the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield at noon on Saturday, Oct. 14 to pray the rosary and to say The Prayer to the Guardian Angel of the United States, The Angelus, The Prayer to St. Michael, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, among other prayers at the Annual Prayer in the Public Square. Those gathered were joining 21,750 other groups who were meeting in various places to say the rosary together that day, said organizer Donna Berte. One Hail Mary was prayed for each of the 50 states Read More
  • Former diocesan social concerns leader passes away

    Former diocesan social concerns leader passes away Mary Susan “Sue” Eck Morris passed away on Oct. 5. She was born in Springfield on July 8, 1937, the daughter of Albert and C. Olive Pfeffer Eck, and sister of Al (Nancy), John (Linda), and Sara (Jim, deceased) O’Rourke. She attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Sacred Heart Academy in Springfield. When she was a senior in high school, she met Jim Morris, who attended the University of Notre Dame. She enrolled at St. Mary’s College for their equestrian and chemistry programs. The couple dated throughout college and wed at Blessed Sacrament Church, Springfield in 1958. Read More
  • Father Jeff Goeckner: a ‘great preacher’

    Father Jeff Goeckner: a ‘great preacher’ ST. LOUIS — More than 350 guests were in attendence Oct. 19 to see Father Jeffrey Goeckner, pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville, named a “great preacher” by Aquinas Institute of Theology. The 23rd Annual Great Preacher Award dinner recognized Father Goeckner and St. Louis area priest, Father Edward Stanger of suburban Ballwin, Mo. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Agatha Niebrugge, PHJC

    Obituary - Sister Agatha Niebrugge, PHJC Sister Agatha Niebrugge (Zita Therese), PHJC, passed away on Oct. 4 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, Ind. Sister Agatha was born in Effingham on Aug. 11, 1928 to Anthony and Anna (Aulenbrock) Niebrugge who preceded her in death along with her siblings Paul, Lawrence (Dorothy), Alphonse, Martha Muehlenfeld (Joe), Johanna Spracklin (Bernard), Ambrose (Dorothy), Father Herman, Dolores Bede (Stockman), Mary Ann, Anna Marie, Father Richard, and Bernard. Her brother Tony Niebrugge survives along with sister-in-laws Barbara, Dolores and Margaret Niebrugge. Sister Agatha noted in her biography, “Needless to say, Father and Mother had sufficient opportunities to practice parenting.” Read More
  • CCLS lauds winning attorney and winning case

    CCLS lauds winning attorney and winning case EDWARDSVILLE — Ask anyone associated with Catholic Charities Legal Services (CCLS) and they’ll tell you attorney Christopher Hunter lives up to the motto lex cordis caritas, the law of the heart is love. Hunter, of the firm, Hunter and Johnson, P.C. in Godfrey, was recognized with the inaugural Lex Cordis Caritas Award for his “service and devotion to the principles of pro bono representation of low income individuals in need of legal services.” He accepted the award from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki following the Red Mass at St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville on Oct. 15. Read More
  • White Mass held for health care professionals

    White Mass held for health care professionals Bishop Thomas John Paprocki concelebrated the annual White Mass for health care professionals at 4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Concelebrating the Mass with Bishop Paprocki were Msgr. David Lantz, Father Fredrick Chima Mbiere and Father Charles Hart, OFM. All three priests are involved with ministering with people who are in the health care ministry or who are patients at hospitals. Deacon William E. Kessler, the bishop’s delegate for health care professionals, proclaimed the Gospel. Read More
  • New secular Franciscans professed in Decatur fraternity

    New secular Franciscans professed in Decatur fraternity DECATUR — Recently, Gloria Guy of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Decatur; George Menard of Immaculate Conception Parish, Shelbyville; and John Shields of Holy Cross Parish, Champaign made their profession as Secular Franciscans in the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Mary’s Hospital chapel in Decatur. Father Dennis Koopman, OFM, celebrated the Mass with the assistance of Deacon John O’Brien. Read More
  • Week of Nov. 5-11 focuses on vocations awareness

    The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week on Nov. 5-11. It is an annual event and special time for parishes throughout the U.S. to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Read More
  • New drama on Father Tolton comes to diocese

    New drama on Father Tolton comes to diocese Tolton: From Slave to Priest, a theatrical one-man drama performed by actor Andrae Goodnight, begins the first of six performances throughout the Springfield diocese on Nov. 7 in Effingham. There is no admission charge; however, a free-will offering will be taken up at all performances. According to Saint Luke Productions, the new production, based on the life of Quincy priest Father Augustus Tolton, is a “compelling true story of courage, forgiveness, and reconciliation [that] resonates deeply with modern American audiences.” The production runs approximately 90 minutes, and is suitable for middle school age and up. Read More
  • Sister Darlene Fulgenzi, OSU

    Sister Darlene Fulgenzi, OSU EUREKA, Mo. — Sister Darlene (Margherita) Fulgenzi, OSU, died peacefully at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo., on Oct. 11. The daughter of Adolfo and Margaret Daniele Fulgenzi, she was born on Feb. 28, 1938 in Springfield. Sister Darlene attended St. Joseph’s School in Springfield and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, graduating in 1956. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1956 and professed her vows in January 1959. She earned her bachelor’s degree in classical languages from the College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and her master’s degree in Latin from St. Louis University. She also studied Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Teresita Kern, ASC

    Obituary - Sister Teresita Kern, ASC RUMA — Sister Teresita Kern, ASC, died Friday, Oct. 13, at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was 93 and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years. Sister Teresita was born on June 5, 1924 in Red Bud, one of eight children of Christian and Helen (Kelly) Kern. She made her first profession on July 1, 1941 and her final vows on July 1, 1946. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Rita Marie Lucash, ASC

    Obituary - Sister Rita Marie Lucash, ASC RUMA — Sister Rita Marie Lucash, ASC, died Oct. 2 at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was 89 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 70 years. Sister Rita Marie was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Freeburg, the third of four children of Walter and Estella (Nehring) Lucash. She made first vows on July 1, 1947 and final vows on July 1, 1952. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of October 29 and November 5. 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 October 29 and November 5. Read More
  • Divine reading or lectio divina: time with the Word of God

    Returning now to a survey of kinds of prayer, I am taking a look at “divine reading,” or, if you like the Latin expression, lectio divina. This is essentially a process of spending time with portions of the Bible. We may find it forbidding to contemplate a journey through the Scriptures. We may suppose that Biblical literature is so vast and varied that we cannot help but become utterly disoriented when we try to explore the literature on our own. Read More
  • Pilgrimage to Wichita: harvest of inspiration and hope

    As I mentioned last issue, some 65 “intentional disciples” from the Springfield diocese traveled to the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kan., for a three-day conference/mini retreat on “Discipleship as a Way of Life.” In this issue, I asked another guest columnist, Carlos Tejeda, director of the diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life in the Department for Vocational Services, to share his experiences of attending this great conference. Read More
  • No need to read any further; practice what you preach

    Some Sundays in church I sit and listen to the Scripture readings waiting for something to strike me, but nothing does. All of it is good and important, but nothing shouts, “This is meant for you here and now!” But today I only have to get to the beginning of the first reading: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt” (Ex 22:20). What could be more “here and now” than that? This year, two members of my parish have been deported — the father of one family, the Read More
  • Become the body of Christ, get involved in your parish

    When I lived in Alaska, I was an extraordinary minister of holy Communion to the homebound. Looking back, I’m rather amazed that I volunteered for this task, which often took me on ice-clogged roads that meandered haphazardly into the snowy hillsides of Anchorage. The years have turned me into a much more timid driver. Read More
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