bishops column

  • After the shootings: What do we say to the kids?

    After the shootings: What do we say to the kids? The day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Dr. Bill Moredock, principal of Little Flower School in Springfield, made a point to visit with his middle school students. As both a school leader and clinical psychologist, it was important that he understood how students were feeling and just how much they knew about the tragic event. Read More
  • Cathedral parishioner named to child protection commission

    Cathedral parishioner named to child protection commission VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named nine new members, including Teresa M. Kettelkamp of Cathedral Parish in Springfield, to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Kettelkamp is a retired Illinois State Police  colonel and former executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of March 18 and 25. 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 March 18 and 25. Read More
  • Thinking about the woman at the well

    For me, the story of the Woman at the Well (John 4 4-42) is such a profound example of what author Sherry Weddell calls a “God moment” — where we are blessed to “encounter Christ.” The woman may have come to the well for water, as she did every day, but she would leave with so much more. This day she came around the hour where she knew she would avoid being seen (as she had a past and a reputation) but Jesus was there to meet her. He came to meet her needs. Read More
  • Lectio Divina

    Lectio Divina, or “divine reading,” is another form of mediation by the reading of Scripture in the context of prayer. It is a traditional Benedictine practice intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God’s word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied but as the Living Word. Read More
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