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  • Reflections on five years as shepherd of our diocese

    Editor's note — On the occasion of beginning his fifth year as bishop, I invited Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to reflect on five questions. His responses follow, edited only for space. SM Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki amplifies Pope Francis' call to protect earth

    Laudato Si', On the Care of Our Common Home is addressed to "every person living on this planet"(§3). Pope Francis is calling on the world to accompany this event with renewed attention to environmental degradation and to remember that "the world we have received also belongs to those who will follow us." Pope Francis calls this "intergenerational solidarity," which he says "is not optional, but rather a basic question of justice"(§159). The Holy Father said of his encyclical, "Let us pray that everyone can receive its message and grow in responsibility toward the common home that God has entrusted to us." Read More
  • Diocesan campaign distributes funds that assist those in need

    Thirty-one central Illinois organizations that benefit people living in poverty received grants from the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) sponsored by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The awards were given out by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki during a luncheon June 8 at the Cathedral Atrium in Springfield hosted by the Office for Social Concerns and Respect for Life. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Lillian Marie Brown, OSF

    Sister Lillian Marie Brown of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on June 17 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 92 years old. Sister Lillian Marie was born in Denver on June 30, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Lilly Morgan Brown. She entered the congregation on Sept. 8, 1953, and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1956. Read More
  • Habitat home, known as Pope Francis house, to be built later this year

    Thanks to the grand generosity of an anonymous benefactor, a large pledge from HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield, and other donations, a hard-working Springfield grandmother soon will be living in a new home in Springfield. An anonymous donor gave Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County ,000 to go toward the total home-building cost of 0,000, says Executive Director Colleen Stone. The Habitat for Humanity build for the 99th family — known around the area as the "Pope Francis house" — is set to start early in the fall. Read More
  • St. Clare Center Food Pantry receives award

    LITCHFIELD — HSHS St. Francis Hospital's St. Clare Center Food Pantry received the Agency of the Year Award for 2015 from the Central Illinois Foodbank. The award was given at the Foodbank's annual agency conference held in Springfield in May. The theme for the conference was "Growing Forward." Read More
  • HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital awarded for environmental stewardship

    DECATUR — HSHS St. Mary's Hospital received the 2015 Greenhealth Partner for Change Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge. Read More
  • Springfield Dominicans welcome new associates

    During a Mass on May 17, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield welcomed 14 new Dominican associates — women and men who have made a personal commitment to accompany the Springfield Dominican Sisters on a life-long journey of prayer, study and preaching. Since 1990 more than 300 other Springfield Dominican associates in the United States and Peru have come to share the Dominican spirit and mission of preaching the Word and witnessing Gospel values. Read More
  • Pallottine Center names new executive director

    ST. LOUIS — Pallottine Renewal Center, the retreat center in St. Louis' North County, has named Marillyn Webb, as its new executive director. She assumed the role in April. Read More
  • Alton parish to celebrate feast day on riverfront

    Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will celebrate its feast day with Mass on June 28 at 10 a.m. at the Liberty Bank Amphitheater along the Mississippi River. The celebration will be filled with music from the church choirs as well as representatives from various organizations including the Boy Scouts and the "God Squad" youth group. Read More
  • Obituary - Father Francis P. White, CSV

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Father Francis P. White, the oldest member of the Viatorian community, passed away peacefully on June 7, at the Viatorian Province Center in Arlington Heights. He was born Sept. 19, 1917 in Springfield, the son of Joseph and Mary Loretta (Nollen) White. He was 97 years old and had served as a Roman Catholic priest for more than 70 years. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of June 28 and July 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 June 28 and July 5. Read More
  • Official Appointment

    Official appointment from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Papal letter and violence in Charleston, S.C., converge

    If Pope Francis's encyclical letter Laudato Si' (Praised Be) had been the only compelling news story of recent days, I would have had plenty to write about. With tremendous grief, however, we must also turn to the June 17 murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Read More
  • Looking for healing, counsel in the church

    During a family gathering one summer, I sustained an injury that bruised my hip and caused a great deal of lower back pain, hampering my typically active lifestyle. Pain medication and ice reduced the swelling but did little to speed recovery from the trauma. I became grumpy and discouraged, wishing I could undo the injury and get back to normal. Read More
  • Teens Encounter Christ: 50 years of evangelization

    Imagine a church where young people pursue the adults to get involved instead of the other way around. One is asking how she can become a lector while another is hoping to become a eucharistic minister. Imagine further that you are overhearing a conversation after Mass where a few ebullient high school students astound the pastor by wondering out loud if there was room for their voices on the pastoral council. Hearing such offers would leave us feeling joyfully confounded. At the root of this hopeful scenario is a deep gratitude that the spiritual gifts of our youth are ready Read More
  • Living in peace on the social media stage

    This past weekend, I attended a concert at an outdoor amphitheater. We had lawn seats and were among the first to arrive. As soon as we entered, we claimed our spot and waited for the show to begin. Slightly in front of us was a group of girls in their late teens. They did nothing but take selfies for an entire hour. Read More
  • ‘Changed’ Olympians, ‘Shadow Council’ and St. Irenaeus

    Two recent news items put me in mind of St. Irenaeus and the battle he waged, 19 centuries ago, against the Gnostic heresy. The first was the emergence of Bruce Jenner as a "woman" named Caitlyn, and the second was a "shadow council" that took place in Rome and apparently called for the victory of a theology of love over John Paul II's theology of the body. Read More
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