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  • Distinguished nurse and educator named chancellor

    Charlene S. Aaron begins June 1 as the new chancellor of St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield. She succeeds Brenda Jeffers who is retiring. “Dr. Aaron will be an asset because of her distinguished experience with nursing education,” said E.J. Kuiper, president and CEO of HSHS Central Illinois Division. “She is passionate about educating students to be great nurses and increasing diversity of nursing students and faculty members.” Read More
  • No public funds for abortion requires vigilance

    Bishops urge lawmakers to oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, yet again Bishop Thomas John Paprocki joined the other Illinois Catholic bishops last month in sending a letter to Illinois House members to reject House Bill 4013 and its call for public funding of abortions. House Bill 4013 passed the House Human Services Committee on a partisan 8-6 vote in March 2015, but was sent back to the Rules Committee after a short availability for a vote on the House floor. Read More
  • Class of ’16: answering the call of God through prayer, service

    The 2016 class ordained to the priesthood were about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood. Seven in 10 (70 percent) say they were encouraged by a parish priest, a friend (48 percent), parishioners (46 percent) and mothers (42 percent). On average, they lived in the diocese for which they will be ordained for 15 years before entering seminary. Religious ordinands knew the members of their religious institute an average of five years before entering. Read More
  • Women of Distinction to be named at June event

    The annual Our Lady of Good Counsel: Women of Distinction Award and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 18 beginning with a 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Mary Ventura, OP

    Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Ventura, OP, died on April 26 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Bradley, in 1928, one of four children born to Philip and Josephine Ciaccio Ventura. She made her profession of vows in 1947 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield. Sister Mary gave her life educating children and adults. As a primary school teacher, she served in Chicago, Mt. Sterling, Odell, and Springfield. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of May 15 and 22. Read More
  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese. Read More
  • Powerful Pentecost awakening: our future in our hands

    May 15 has been an important day for all of my 57 years of life. My parents were married on this day in 1954. I will offer Mass for their souls. When Easter comes early, like this year, the day also can be the day the church celebrates Pentecost. Read More
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