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  • Funeral Mass held for Father John C. Sullivan, OFM

    Funeral Mass held for Father John C. Sullivan, OFM Father John C. Sullivan, OFM, died in home hospice care at the Franciscan Motherhouse in Springfield on Nov. 7. He was 84 years old. He was born Aug. 25, 1932 in St. Louis, the son of John C. and Florence (Bene) Sullivan. Read More
  • Festival celebrates heritage of Christmas tradition

    Festival celebrates heritage of Christmas tradition Chiara Center is hosting the 10th annual Franciscan Nativity Festival — a display of more than 100 Nativity sets — a significant majority of which are new to the annual event. The event is free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 2 from 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon-4 p.m. at Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield, on the grounds of St. Francis Convent. Read More
  • Sister Gabrielis celebrates 105th birthday

    Sister Gabrielis celebrates 105th birthday On the date that we in America honored members of the armed forces on Veteran’s Day, Sister Gabrielis Hu, OSF, had another reason to celebrate. It was her 105th birthday and she was recognized at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. However, her date of birth has always been an easy one to remember. She was born Nov. 11, 1911 — that’s 11/11/11 — in Wuchen, Shandong Province, China. Read More
  • New initiative at St. Cabrini for young adult women

    New initiative at St. Cabrini for young adult women ‘Meaningful’ community living in the works Young adult women looking for a meaningful alternative to living with their parents, sharing an overcrowded rental or an expensive, noisy college dorm may find what they’re looking for at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Springfield. Read More
  • Marathon man, er ... bishop

    Marathon man, er ... bishop PHILADELPHIA — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ran his 22nd marathon on Nov. 20 by completing the Philadelphia Marathon.    “That makes 22 marathons in 22 years,” said Bishop Paprocki. Read More
  • After DAEC — the time to share what you’ve learned

    After DAEC — the time to share what you’ve learned DECATUR — Approximately 900 people attended the 2016 Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference (DAEC), which was held Nov. 4-5 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. This was the 20th biennial event and was entitled “Harvesting the Fruits of Discipleship.” Attendees participated in prayer services, listened to keynote speaker Greg Willits, took part in breakout sessions and were also encouraged to visit the 40 booths of exhibitors who were at the event. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of November 27 and December 4. 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 November 27 and December 4. Read More
  • Fighting poverty and working for justice in Advent

    Noah’s neighbors were so engrossed in celebrating their good fortune that they were caught unprepared for the calamity of the Flood. Had they invited the less-fortunate villagers, perhaps the party may have ended in joy. Read More
  • Jubilee Year of Mercy junior sacred art winners announced

    Jubilee Year of Mercy junior sacred art winners announced QUINCY — Winners were announced Nov. 19 for student artists in grades 7-12 in the Jubliee Year of Mercy sacred art exhibition at Quincy University’s Gray Gallery. Read More
  • Just one more smell of Mom’s cooking would be great!

    It was in the seminary that I truly began to realize how much I took some things for granted. I also learned once I left home that I probably had not been truly a “thankful” person for most of my early life. Certainly I said the word “thanks” enough. But did I really possess a spirit of gratitude? Probably not. Read More
  • Rethinking Thanksgiving after the Year of Mercy

    This year, Thanksgiving week starts right after the formal conclusion of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. How do we incorporate what we have gained from the prayers, talks, readings and reflections that most of us took part in during the year to shape the way we think about and celebrate Thanksgiving? Read More
  • ‘Political correctness’ when it comes to Bruce (or Caitlyn) Jenner

    Q What do I say to friends and some family members when talking about Bruce Jenner? He is still biologically male. Why are people so eager to call him by some new name and to call him a her? I know about political correctness, but what do I say to them? What are some key arguments? Read More
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