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  • Secular Carmelite group established in Quincy

    The Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites recently granted the establishment of the St. Joseph, Faithful Guardian of Carmel Group in Quincy — the first and only Carmelite group in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Father Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, is the group’s spiritual assistant. They meet the first Saturday of each month at St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall. Read More
  • Long-time principal to leave post at end of June

    Sister Margaret Joanne Grueter, OP, announced recently that she will leave her long-time post as principal at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (SHG) in Springfield effective June 30. Sister Margaret Joanne served at SHG for 20 years: four years as assistant principal and 16 as principal. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki, priests meet for annual jubilee celebration

    Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will gather on Tuesday, May 3 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield for the annual Priests’ Jubilee Celebration with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. This year’s special presenter is Msgr. Ross Shecterle, president-rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Franklin, Wis. Msgr. Shecterle is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and has his Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Josephine Therese Uhll, OP

    Springfield Dominican Sister Josephine Therese Uhll, OP, died on April 9. She was born in Morrisonville in 1918. Named Mildred Marie, she was one of four children born to James B. and L. Josephine Young Uhll. She took the religious name Josephine Therese and made her profession of vows in 1937 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Mary Bede DuChene, OP

    Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Bede DuChene died on April 19 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Trenton, Mich., in 1923 and named Veronica Agnes. She was one of 12 children born to William and Agnes Dubry DuChene. She made her profession of vows in 1944 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield. Sister M. Bede spent her life as an educator, principal and librarian, sharing her love of learning with children of all ages in central Illinois and Chicago. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of May 1 and 8. 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 May 1 and 8. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit

    The college student I was interviewing for an article in the North Texas Daily at the University of North Texas had retained his Jewish identity when he converted to an evangelical mode of Christianity. Ron was very late to our appointment, and I found out why once he arrived. People kept stopping him along the way and engaging him in conversations about his newfound faith. Read More
  • Understand other beliefs, as they strive to understand ours

    At times, as you read this column, which focuses upon our relationships with people of every religion and no religion, it may seem as if these relationships are “easy.” All we need to do, it seems, is strike up a conversation and discover all the things we have in common with different groups of people, and life is sunny and friendly. Read More
  • SHG students to present Silver Cross recitals

    Two Sacred Heart-Griffin High School students are set to present Silver Cross recitals — one in piano and one in voice — at Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Dominican Hall, 1200 W. Washington St. in Springfield. Lindsay Mattea Finnell will present her Silver Cross in piano on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Anna Benoit will present her Silver Cross in voice on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Read More
  • Porn and the curse of total sexual freedom

    A recent issue of Time features a fascinating and deeply troubling article on the prevalence of pornography in our culture. The focus of the piece is on the generation of young men now coming of age, the first generation who grew up with unlimited access to hardcore pornography on the Internet. The statistics on this score are absolutely startling. Most young men commence their pornography use at the age of 11; there are approximately 107 million monthly visitors to adult websites in this country; 12 million hours a day are spent watching porn globally on the adult-video site Pornhub; 40 Read More
  • Dogwoods, and disciples, abloom in Quincy

    For the past 45 years Quincy University has been the host site of a profound Catholic renewal called Cursillo, which means a short course in Christianity. This renewal program is a lay church outreach that invites adult men and women to share in a three-and-a-half-day gathering to renew folks in their Catholic faith. Read More
  • Catholic Times welcomes Father Francis Hoffman, aka Father Rocky

    Q The Catholic Church now allows for cremation for loved ones. In the past that was forbid­den, right? What changed? Scattering is still not allowed, right? Can you keep a small amount of the ashes in a proper setting, like a sealed locket or box? And is there a proper way to transport the ashes? Read More
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