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  • QU sets freshman record

    Quincy University welcomed 287 freshmen to campus for the new school year — the largest class in more than two decades and a three percent increase over 2015. In addition, QU enrolled 88 transfer students along with 669 returning full-time undergraduate students for a total full-time undergraduate population of 1,044. Including part-time undergraduate and graduate program students, the overall enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year stands at 1,171. Read More
  • PSR for Exceptional People — a long-time tradition in Springfield

    PSR for Exceptional People — a long-time tradition in Springfield Continuing a tradition that has lasted for more than three decades, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield is again offering PSR for Exceptional People, a weekly Catholic study gathering for developmentally disabled children and adults. All developmentally disabled individuals — children and adults — who are at least 7 years old and live in the Springfield diocese are welcomed.  Read More
  • Election 2016: Weigh your conscience before casting your ballot

    The general election on Nov. 8 offers Illinois residents the opportunity to vote for candidates for U.S. president, Congress and the state legislature. The Catholic Church is nonpartisan, and does not endorse candidates nor tell parishioners which candidates they should elect. The church does, however, offer guidance for discernment as parishioners make their decisions on how to vote with a properly formed conscience. Read More
  • Did you vote in the primary election?

    I have heard many complain, dissatisfied with our two candidates for the presidency. The commentators in the media will often ask, “What is wrong with our political system?” suggesting that it needs to be reorganized and improved. There is nothing wrong with our system.   The problem is us! Read More
  • Obituary - Father Aaron Pirrera, OSB

    Obituary - Father Aaron Pirrera, OSB Father Aaron Pirrera, a monk of Subiaco Abbey, died peacefully Sept. 18 at Sparks Regional Medical Center, Fort Smith, Ark. He was 72 years old and had been a professed monk for 36 years and a priest for 31 years. Born Charles Pirrera in Chicago on Aug. 7, 1944 he was one of two children of Carl and Mary Midiri Pirrera. The family resided in Springfield, where Charles attended Ss. Peter and Paul School and went on to attend and graduate from Griffin High School in 1962. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of October 2 and 9. 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 October 2 and 9. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop. Read More
  • Faith, positive thinking and thanking God

    When Jesus walked the face of the earth, the science of psychology hadn’t yet been invented. Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis wouldn’t come along for another 1,800 years. But this week’s Gospel shows Jesus way out on the cutting edge of what the psychological world calls the power of positive thinking. The spiritual world calls it faith. Read More
  • September reflection, forthcoming event

    September is already in the rear-view mirror; still, I wish to reflect on an event, announced in this column, which occurred in Springfield on Aug. 25.  A large crowd gathered at Westminster Presbyterian Church to hear Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, a professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, speak about our need to understand better the intertwined yet distinct traditions of Judaism and Christianity. Read More
  • The culture of life begins in our hearts and our hands

    Each October we observe Respect Life Month in dioceses throughout the United States. Although ending abortion remains a priority of the utmost importance, threats to the disabled and those at the end of life deserve our attention as well. The legalization of medically assisted suicide in Canada in June should serve as a wake-up call compelling us to reach out in solidarity to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters. Read More
  • Do you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit?

    I visited with Bishop Eugene Gerber, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Wichita a few weeks ago. I told him about our diocesan efforts to begin to encourage “Discipleship as a Way of Life” as has been the “way of life” in his diocese since the early 1980s. (Wichita is the only diocese which is 100 percent a total stewardship [discipleship] diocese in the United States.) Read More
  • Penalties and punishments in the church

    Q There seem to be a lot of different penalties and punishments in the Code of Canon Law. Can you tell me what they all are and why and when they would be imposed by the Church? Read More
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