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  • Four to be ordained to priesthood May 23 at Cathedral

    On Saturday, May 23, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain four men priests for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois during 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Recently, Deacon Samuel Bagyo Jr., Deacon Adam Prichard, Deacon Martin Smith and Deacon Jason Stone — all who are completing their theology studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein — shared with Catholic Times how they look forward to serving in the future. Read More
  • Father Weitzel passes at age 88

    Father Eugene J. Weitzel, CSV, a priest of the Viatorian community, died April 30 in Rushville at age 88. He was born March 5, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Frances Julia Quinn Weitzel. He graduated in 1945 from Cathedral Boys High School in Springfield. Father Weitzel pronounced his first vows with the Clerics of St. Viator in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1959. Read More
  • Two SHG students to perform Silver Cross recitals

    Two Sacred Heart-Griffin High School students will present their Silver Cross Recitals in voice on May 17. Read More
  • Faith witnesses highlight inaugural CAC Senior Springboard event

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois held its first ever "Senior Springboard" event April 26 in the Jim Belz Gymnasium at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield. Originally begun with professional athletes, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki said that he and other American bishops believed getting much younger people involved in CAC would provide early benefits. Read More
  • Sister M. Gianna named LLCC ‘outstanding graduate’

    Lincoln Land Community College named Sister M. Gianna Nazar, FSGM, of Springfield its 2015 Outstanding Graduate at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony May 5. Sister M. Gianna was honored as Outstanding Graduate based on grade point average, leadership, motivation, service to others and ability to overcome obstacles. She graduated May 15 with an associate in applied science degree in radiography. Read More
  • Diocese honors educators, catechists for years of service

    At the end of each school year, educators and catechists in parish schools and religious education programs in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special service anniversaries. Read More
  • Cathedral parishioner’s ‘Icon of Freedom’ viewed worldwide

    World and national media attention focused on the capital city May 1-3 for the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's final funeral and laying to rest in Springfield's historic Oak Ridge Cemetery, second only to Arlington National Cemetery as the nation's most visited cemetery precisely because the remains of the martyred 16th president rest there. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of May 17 and 24. Read More
  • Diocesan Datebook

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

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of May 17 and 24. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Understanding life’s difficulties, sharing God’s gifts

    For years I have been telling high school and college students that one of the hardest things they will ever do in their entire lives is, in dating, to follow their conscience as a Christian and remain pure. I do not think this is new information for them, but I also remind them that just because it is one of the hardest things they will ever do, doesn't mean it is impossible. Read More
  • Hope where none seems to exist

    I live in Baltimore and for the past few weeks, we've been in the news a lot. We've seen the entire spectrum of protest, from burning police cars to calm speeches in front of City Hall following the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries sustained while under police custody. Read More
  • Using our hands, regardless of how they look

    In April, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal. Once again, as in similar tragedies, we saw news of folks desperately searching the rubble for survivors. We've seen this before — and the poorer the country, the more frequently you see people actually using their hands to scrape away at debris and tumbled buildings. Read More
  • The difference Cardinal Francis George made

    On Sept. 2, 1939, the House of Commons debated the British government's response to the German invasion of Poland the previous day. The ruling Conservative Party was badly divided between those demanding that Britain fulfill its obligations to Poland and those addicted to the habits of appeasement. "Party loyalty" was being invoked to drown out Conservative opposition to Conservative prime minister Neville Chamberlain when the deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, Arthur Greenwood, rose to speak. Then, from the Tory back benches, came the voice of an anti-appeasement Conservative, Leo Amery, who cried, "Speak for England, Arthur!" Read More
  • Moving forward, with the Holy Spirit in tow

    Recently, Holy Cross Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, passed away at the age of 97. During my years at Notre Dame, Father Ted, as some of us called him, became a mentor and a friend whose guidance has been imprinted on every decision I made since our first meeting in 1997. Read More
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