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  • Msgr. Schwarz’s rare book collection finds new home at Mundelein

    Officials from the University of St. Mary of the Lake traveled from Mundelein to Springfield's Catholic Pastoral Center March 26 to inspect and take possesion of what they described as an "impressive" collection of canon law books printed prior to the First Code of Canon Law in 1917. Read More
  • Two to be ordained to transitional diaconate

    On Saturday, April 25, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain two men to the transitional diaconate during 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Paul Bonk and Braden Maher are both completing their third year of theology training and will be vested that day. Read More
  • Funeral Mass held for mother of Father Harmon

    PARIS — Carolyn Louise Harmon, mother of Father Barry J. Harmon of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away on Holy Thursday, April 2 at Paris Community Hospital. She was 75 years old. Read More
  • QCES Foundation accepting applications for 2015 Newcomer’s Scholarship

    QUINCY — The Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools (QCES) Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 Newcomer's Scholarship. The Newcomer's Scholarship is a partially need-based full-tuition scholarship that is awarded annually to one student in grades K-8, either Catholic or of another faith, whose family does not currently have any children enrolled in one of Quincy's four Catholic elementary schools: Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic, St. Francis or St. Peter. Read More
  • Lived discipleship — Rochester has it in the bag

    ROCHESTER — "Incarnation" is the blessed truth that God entered into our earthly existence in the person of Jesus Christ; forming our way of being in this world. Just as Jesus is fully present to us in the bread and wine, so too our faith must take on concrete form so that others can see, hear, taste, smell and touch this reality. Read More
  • In Unison — Where art meets heart

    Young musicians and artists from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield will present a combination concert and fine arts exhibit on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. Under the direction of Blessed Sacrament's music director, Jody Kienzler and art teacher, Ruth Ficke, In Unison will benefit the construction of an outdoor prayer grotto in the parish of Ss. Peter and Paul in the Tamale archdiocese of Ghana, Africa. Tamale is Ghana's third largest city, located in the northern part of a country whose total population is 24.2 million, of which 13.1 percent are Catholics. Read More
  • ‘Annual world’s fair’ showcases Mission Outreach

    Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will host its seventh Annual World's Fair on April 25. The event, featuring the cuisine of South America, begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and will be held at the organization's headquarters, 4930 LaVerna Road, Springfield. The World's Fair showcases the international work of Mission Outreach along with its midwest partners and those in 87 countries around the world. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki joins Illinois Catholic Conference of Bishops response to House Bill 4013

    We, the Catholic bishops of Illinois, write in regard to House Bill 4013, legislation which is a radical departure from longstanding Illinois health policy. As it allows taxpayer money to pay for abortions and funds grants to organizations that advocate for and perform abortions, we ask that you join us in opposing it. Read More
  • ICHA Board of Directors’ statement on Gov. Rauner’s proposed budget

    Illinois Catholic health and social service agencies have a major, positive impact on the quality of life for many citizens in Illinois. Read More
  • At chrism Mass, holy oils blessed, priests renew promises

    Hundreds of people from all over the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were in attendance when Bishop Thomas John Paprocki concelebrated the chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of March 31. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister M. Agnes McDougall, OSF

    Sister M. Agnes McDougall, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 6 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 82. Sister Agnes was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 26, 1933, the daughter of John and Agnes Cooper McDougall. She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1951 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1954. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of April 19 and 26. 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 April 19 and 26. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Looking at life, love, mercy in Easter season

    When I was a teen my family moved from Michigan to Texas. Before we left, my father shared with me what he called "the three-step method to solving any problem: Tell God your problem; forget about it; when you see him start to work, jump in and help him." Read More
  • Coping with the steady drumbeat of ‘same-sex’ marriage

    Q I am frightened by what I am seeing now as a surge in our country toward acceptance of homosexuality and gay marriage. Many among us are unable to see and explain why this is wrong. Could you please let us know what the Catholic Church is doing nationally to respond to attacks against traditional marriage? Read More
  • A message in blood: ISIS and the meaning of the cross

    The cross was, basically, state-sponsored terrorism, and it did indeed terrify people. The great Roman statesman and philosopher Cicero once described a crucifixion but only through a convoluted circumlocution, for he couldn't bring himself to characterize it directly. After putting down the great slave uprising of Spartacus, the Roman government lined the Appian Way with hundreds of crosses so as to dissuade any other would-be revolutionaries. Read More
  • Love and mercy for those who need it most

    The first time I read the phrase "O happy fault" in the special Easter proclamation, or Exsultet, I pondered about God's love for his people — from the start of creation, through infidelities, rejections, destruction. God persisted in his love for us. That love is more powerful than anything, including our sinfulness. Read More
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