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  • Three men to be ordained to transitional diaconate

    Three men to be ordained to transitional diaconate On the Friday of Easter Week, April 21, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain three men to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The ordination will take place during 6:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Recently, Robert “Rob” Johnson, Aaron Kuhn and Mark Tracy took time to share their thoughts on their upcoming ordinations.   Read More
  • Abortion takes woman to the brink of giving up

    Abortion takes woman to the brink of giving up HIGHLAND — If there were a single theme that could have described the banquet sponsored by Relevant Pregnancy Options Center at the Knights of Columbus Hall, March 11 it would have been the word “fragile.”   Read More
  • Bishop likens case for abortion to snake that lied to Adam and Eve

    Bishop likens case for abortion to snake that lied to Adam and Eve Bishop Thomas John Paprocki greeted those who gathered March 29 for Life Advocacy Day at the Capitol with a post-election legislative take on the snake tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. “The devil is the father of lies and just as the snake [the devil] tempts Eve and Adam to eat the forbidden fruit … the devil lies about abortion and he lies about its impact,” said Bishop Paprocki. Read More
  • Church welcomes 320 new members

    The Easter Vigil is the premier time each year for the making of Catholic adults through the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation. For the purposes of baptism, “adults” are those of catechetical age (about the age of 7 and older). This year, in 63 parishes and one university within the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, 320 people will have come to the Easter Vigil to celebrate rites that will have joined them to the Catholic Church.   Read More
  • Between Easter Vigils, 45 become new Catholics

    Although the Easter Vigil is the normative time for the baptism of adults and children of catechetical age (about the age of 6 or 7 and older), it is not the only time the Roman Catholic Church “makes” new Catholics. Infants of Catholic parents are regularly baptized soon after birth.   Read More
  • CHA honors two Springfield-based Catholic sisters

    CHA honors two Springfield-based Catholic sisters For a lifetime of contributions to their Catholic health ministry, the Catholic Health Association (CHA)has announced that two Springfield-based sisters will receive its “Lifetime Achievement Award.”   Read More
  • Father Albert to keynote Decatur Catholic radio annual dinner

    Father Albert to keynote Decatur Catholic radio annual dinner Award-winning preacher, teacher, spiritual director and radio talk show guest Father Albert Hesse, OFM, will be the keynote speaker at WDCR 88.9/96.5 Decatur Catholic Radio’s sixth Annual Dinner, April 27.   Read More
  • First of prayer and listening sessions held in diocesan cities

    First of prayer and listening sessions held in diocesan cities Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and diocesan Pastoral Council chair Mike Christie presided at the first prayer and listening session from their location in Charleston.  Others gathered in Alton, Quincy, Jacksonville, Decatur and Chatham participated via Skype. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Genevieve James, OP

    Obituary - Sister Genevieve James, OP Sister Genevieve James, OP, died March 20 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was 96 years old. Sister Genevieve was born in Newark, N.J., on June 15, 1920. She is predeceased by her parents George James and Genevieve Turbott James, and her brother George. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister M. Laurentia Fenlon, OP

    Obituary - Sister M. Laurentia Fenlon, OP Springfield Dominican Sister M. Laurentia Fenlon died March 21 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1931 to Lawrence J. and Mary Bartley Fenlon and baptized Joan Marie. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent. Sister Laurentia ministered most of her religious life in elementary education. She taught or was principal in parish schools throughout central and northern Illinois and in Duluth, Minn. In 1992, she began her ministry as parish pastoral associate, serving at St. Gertrude Parish, Franklin Park and at Corpus Christi Parish, Carol Stream. In 2002, she Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Wilma Boeving, PHJC

    Obituary - Sister Wilma Boeving, PHJC DONALDSON, IND. — Sister Wilma Boeving, (Dolores Ruth) PHJC, passed away on March 26 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation. The Feast of the Annunciation is a special feast day for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Luke 1:26-38 tells of Gabriel’s visit with the message that Mary will conceive and give birth to Jesus. Mary replies, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of April 16 and 23. 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 16 and 23. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Recognizing that race exists only in our minds

    The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois and Wisconsin has been outstanding in its anti-racism work. I was pleased to be able to attend on April 7, a lecture by Jim Wallis at Eureka College (a Disciples institution) on the themes of Wallis’s recent book on racism, America’s Original Sin. Read More
  • Overcoming the anxiety that threatens to hold us back

    Stop! Don’t stop what you think you’re doing right now. Stop what you don’t realize you’re doing right now. Somewhere in the back of your mind, something is bothering you. Something someone said, or something you regret doing, is gnawing deep inside your chest. It could be something that happened earlier this week, it could be something that happened years ago. Either way, you can’t move past the feeling that’s holding you back. Read More
  • Considering relics, saints and the resurrection

    Recently, Father Carlos Martins, of the Companions of the Cross, blessed all those who made a pilgrimage to our Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield to pray together and to see the Sacred Relics Exposition. Included in the exposition were over 150 relics of our faith, some dating back 2,000 years. While there, I talked to so many excited Catholics, like 9-year-old Marissa Davis of Riverton, who traveled from near and far. They shared with me they could “hardly wait” to see the relics. Read More
  • Responding to the Resurrection, experiencing God’s mercy

    I’ve long wondered why “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad,” was the responsorial psalm chosen for Easter, the most important celebration of the year for Christians. Not that there’s anything inappropriate in it, but I’ve always taken it to mean each day is a gift from God, so appreciate it. The verse just never seems momentous enough. Read More
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