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  • Four ordained to transitional diaconate for diocese

    On the Friday within the Octave of Easter, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained four seminarians to the transitional diaconate during an evening Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Hundreds of people were at the April 1 Mass to support Michael Friedel, Ronnie “Ron” Lorilla, Rafal Pyrchla and Wayne Stock as they received the sacrament of holy orders, ordaining them to the order of deacon as a transitional step toward being a priest for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Read More
  • Funeral Mass held for Father O’Reilly

    Father Joseph F. O’Reilly Jr. died April 5, just days before the 67th anniversary of his ordination as a priest for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. He was 93 years old. Born Dec. 17, 1922, he was the son of Joseph and Frances (Reiss) O’Reilly. He was ordained at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on April 17, 1949, by Bishop William A. O’Connor. Read More
  • Statement of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on Amoris Laetitia

    In 1970, married couples with children constituted 40 percent of American households. By 2012, that figure had fallen to less than 20 percent. Thus it is timely and fitting that His Holiness Pope Francis has issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation on Love in the Family bearing the Latin title, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). The title is taken from the document’s opening line, “The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.” Read More
  • Divine Mercy Sunday brings faithful to celebration

    More than 400 people came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on April 3 where Bishop Thomas John Paprocki presided at a celebration of the Divine Mercy. The afternoon prayer service included eucharistic exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Liturgy of the Word, The Praises of the Divine Mercy and the sacrament of reconciliation. Eight priests heard confessions. Read More
  • Advocates for life make the rounds at the Statehouse

    Pro-life advocates from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois kicked off the annual Life Advocacy Day April 6 at the Capitol on the positive note that a House bill that would have allowed pharmacists the ability to prescribe birth control pills failed resoundingly in committee the previous day. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of April 17 and 24. 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 April 17 and 24. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Listen to God’s voice, see others through his eyes

    While leading a youth ministry retreat on how to hear the voice of God, I presented an activity that involved one person being blindfolded and then challenged to navigate an obstacle course by listening to directions from others in the group. The catch was each group member played a different role. Read More
  • Inspired by pope, students spend day showing mercy

    Edwardsville — Inspired by Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, Rachel Weaver’s sixth-grade class at St. Mary’s School recently devoted an entire school day putting the corporal works of mercy into practice as random acts of kindness. After starting the day at Mass, students visited an Edwardsville fire station and the Glen Carbon Police Department to deliver cupcakes and other sweets to thank the first responders for keeping the communities safe. Read More
  • Learning to listen during the Jublilee Year of Mercy

    I was sitting in a reconciliation room once when I was suddenly aware that the priest was gazing out the window. Being reflective, perhaps? No, I was fairly sure he was daydreaming. I left my confession with the feeling that I was forgiven by God but ignored by my confessor. Read More
  • Accepting the reality of the sacrifice of Jesus

    Over the Easter holiday weekend I watched a wonderful television feature about a man who heard Billy Graham preach in his country of China. This Chinese man, probably in his early 30s, eventually converted to Christianity, but the journey of his conversion started in “the preaching of the Good News” by an evangelist named Billy Graham. Read More
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