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  • Monk professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

    Monk professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey Novice Joseph Wagner professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on Jan. 20, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Ind. He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he chose a religious name. Novice Joseph is now Brother Stanley. Read More
  • Quincy native makes solemn profession of vows

    Quincy native makes solemn profession of vows Sometimes religious vocations seem to run in families. And for that reason the year 2018 is bound to be one that the Rankin family of Quincy will always remember.  Just a few days into 2018, on Jan. 3, Sister Mary Thomas of the Holy Name of Jesus, OP, made her solemn profession of vows at the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude in Marbury, Ala. She shares a sacred vocation with her twin brother, Deacon Dominic Rankin, who will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on May 26. Read More
  • Diocesan pro-life groups March for Life in D.C.

    For more than 300 excited young people and adults, the pilgrimage to the nation’s capital began on or about Jan. 17 via dozens of chartered motor coaches. Once there, they became part of the estimated 300,000 voices raised to support life at the 44th annual March for Life on Jan. 19. “What an incredible witness for life!” declared Kyle Holtgrave, diocesan director of the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in a pre-march letter to parishes. Read More
  • Should blessings be given during the Communion procession?

    It often happens that persons present themselves, or are presented by others, to receive a blessing at the time others approach to receive holy Communion. While the beginning of this practice is a bit hard to pin down, it seems to have begun in the United States in the late 1980s or early 1990s out of a desire to help those who cannot receive holy Communion for one reason or another feel included.  Read More
  • In Memoriam - Father John Linnan, CSV

    In Memoriam - Father John Linnan, CSV ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Father John (Jack) E. Linnan, CSV, died Jan. 15 at the Viatorian Province Center here. He was 83. Father Linnan was born April 3, 1934 in Springfield, the son of John and Mary Ellen (Radigan) Linnan. Read More
  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of February 4 and 11. Read More
  • People of different faiths need to have conversations with one another

    When I moved to Madison County in July, it was my intention to get involved with the Metro East Interfaith Partnership (MEIP). I was surprised when I received an invitation to join their steering committee. My reaction was: You don’t want a newcomer to be on your steering committee, do you? But this is how I was welcomed, and I have been on the steering committee since my arrival. Read More
  • Diocesan collegians named Father Yunker award winners

    Diocesan collegians named Father Yunker award winners Five college students from a parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were among those who shared ,000 in the Father Yunker Student Assistance Fund this academic year. Diocesan recipients include Matthew Banaitis who attends Illinois Wesleyan University and is the son of Karen and Joseph Banaitis of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chatham; Austin Dierkes, who attends the University of Alabama, and his brother Adam who attends Southern Illinois University Carbondale. They are sons of Kathleen and Alec Dierkes of Chatham and members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Also honored were Brooke Metzger, a student of Read More
  • SDCCW scholarship competition opened

    The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering four 0 scholarships to recognize outstanding Catholic female high school seniors. Applicants will be judged on how they exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service. Read More
  • Families can now apply for Illinois tax credit scholarships

    Families can now apply for Illinois tax credit scholarships Jan. 31 was the first day that families of K-12 students who attend one of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois could apply for a “Tax Credit Scholarship” made possible by the Invest in Kids Act that was signed into law last year by the governor. “Our schools are doing a really good job of getting information out to both donors and parents,” said Brandi Borries, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools. “Some even set up times in their computer labs for parents to come in and fill out the application.” Read More
  • St. Teresa High School program focuses on international students

    DECATUR — St. Teresa High School is looking at bringing international students to the the school and greater Decatur community. Development director Brandon Barney says they are searching for families to host international students that will be arriving next Fall. Read More
  • Father McGivney names new fitness center for Bishop

    Father McGivney names new fitness center for Bishop Bishop Paprocki surprised with honor after celebrating Catholic Schools Week Mass GLEN CARBON — After concluding Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 29, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki blessed the newly-completed band room, robotics lab, classrooms and fitness center at Father McGivney Catholic High School in Glen Carbon. Then the school had a surprise for the bishop. Read More
  • A great motto: ‘I come to serve’

    Thirty-five years ago we would be reading the writings of Bishop Joseph A. McNicholas in the Time & Eternity diocesan newspaper. As we would get closer to spring and the “Cardinal/Cub” contest, folks all over the diocese wrote to Bishop McNicholas (a Cardinal fan) making their predictions for the upcoming year. It really was a great way for him to connect with the flock and fans over the 28 Illinois counties that make up our diocese. Read More
  • The four ‘Rs’ of meditation

    St. Theresa of Avila mentioned that without a book written for spiritual reading on her lap, she found meditation almost impossible. The following is based on and inspired by her instruction to her nuns on how to practice meditation: Read More
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