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  • CLI forms ‘Catholic leaders’ to carry the word of God

    More than 30 Catholic teens spent a week improving their prayer life and leadership skills at the annual Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI), held July 11-16 at the Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield. The retreat featured daily Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, personal prayer time, talks and small group discussions on discipleship and leadership. Read More
  • St. Paul group finds blessing because of parish generosity

    Aa group of local disciples from St. Paul Church decided to continue the Christian ministry in Ghana by spreading "the Good News." Parishioners adopted the Ghana parish several years ago, and continue to support it with prayer and with the continued development of the St. Therese Development Youth Center. Read More
  • Painting religious objects soothes artist’s soul

    GIRARD — Growing up at St. Patrick Church, Gigi Mayernick remembers admiring the statue of Our Lady in the outdoor grotto. Family pictures show her at the foot of the statue, smiling at first holy Communion and as a young woman of 18. However, looking back Mayernick says, "As a little girl, I thought Mary needed a little bit of color." Read More
  • Endow ministry can change women’s lives for the better

    The international women's ministry Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is coming to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in late summer. Over the last weekend in August, the Office for Marriage and Family Life, led by director Carlos Tejeda, will be hosting Endow for three events. Read More
  • Deacon answers call to grow in holiness through mentorship program

    Inspired by a call to grow in holiness, Deacon Eugene Uptmor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Mattoon is among more than 100 attendees of the two-year Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program at the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. This is the largest class since the program began in 2011. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Kathryn Edward Knecht, OP

    Sister Kathryn Edward (Lorene) Knecht, a Springfield Dominican for 66 years, died on July 7. She was born to Edward and Kathryn Schmidt Knecht in Beason and was 91 years old. Sister Kathryn Edward began a long career in teaching by instructing the primary grades in Springfield, Granite City and Chicago. After returning to school herself, she started teaching high school business classes in Jacksonville, Aurora and Chicago Heights and in Richmond, Mich. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Mary Maurice Loepker, ASC

    RUMA — Sister Mary Maurice Loepker, an Adorer of the Blood of Christ for 68 years, died July 10 at the Ruma Center. She was 86. Sister Mary Maurice was one of eight children born to Joseph and Isabella (Wichmann) Loepker and grew up on the family farm in Bartelso, where she was taught by Adorers at St. Cecilia School. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of July 26 and August 2. 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 July 26 and August 2. Read More
  • Accessing Vatican II documents at 50 years

    This Dec. 8, it will have been 50 years since the close of the Second Vatican Council, the most important event in the Catholic Church in the 20th century, and very likely for many centuries into the past and future. Nearly all the Catholic bishops of the world, including our own Bishop William A. O'Connor, attended the four sessions of the Council at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, from 1962 to 1965. Read More
  • Considering how God feeds, cares for his people

    In many dioceses in the United States, parishes tend to be clustered in larger cities and towns. But in the more rural areas, Catholic churches are fewer and farther between, and often their congregations are small. This is certainly the case in our 25-county diocese. Read More
  • Life lessons learned through search for a job

    When I graduated from college, I wanted to be a television producer. I liked the idea of a career where you had the opportunity to share information that made a difference. As a new graduate, the odds were not in my favor. Still, I knew the jobs were out there; I just needed to find them. Read More
  • Heading to the beach — with the pope’s encyclical

    I must admit, encyclicals are not at the top of my summer reading pile. So, even though a papal document wouldn't normally go to the beach, Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis is definitely a must-read. Read More
  • What is VSED and why should it matter to us?

    More than 20 years ago, Dr. David Eddy, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, described how his mother, though not suffering from a terminal illness, chose to end her life through VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking). She was "very independent, very self-sufficient, and very content." When she began to be afflicted by various ailments, including rectal prolapse, she talked with her physician-son about "how she could end her life gracefully." Read More
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