Seniors scheduled to graduate this spring from Catholic high schools throughout the diocese who are members of Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) were challenged by a former professional soccer star turned Catholic priest with the words of Pope St. John Paul II who once said that “sports are the school of moral virtue.”
Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, a Quincy native and now a priest of the Peoria diocese, is a former American professional soccer standout following an illustrious career at Clemson University.
Two retired diocesan priests, have been designated Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Francis and given the ecclesiastical title of “Reverend Monsignor.”
Both monsignors were conferred with a diploma issued by the papal Secretariat of State.
The Cathedral Council of Catholic Women in Springfield honored 27 members for their many years of service to the organization and parish following Mass on March 5 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Angela Vincent, CCCW president, said the “Women of Grace” event was long overdue recognition of the service, leadership, evangelization and spiritual growth provided by women of Cathedral Parish during the council’s 92 years in existence.
Father Peter Harman, 43, a Quincy native and the former pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield was formally installed Feb. 28 as the 23rd rector of the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) in Rome. Appointed by the college last November, Father Harman assumed his new post on Feb. 1.
Parish organizers of pilgrimages to the 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C., from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois drastically altered their plans as an intense low pressure system developed into a classic "nor'easter" that enveloped the nation's capital in monumental snowfall beginning on Jan. 22.
More than 250 central Illinoisans signed up for the annual trip to the nation's capital for the 2016 March for Life Youth Pilgrimage.
Buses departed early in the day Jan. 20 from various points throughout the Springfield diocese. Twenty-three groups representing 27 parishes or congregations were on board, including one group from the neighboring Diocese of Peoria.
"The opportunities that our seminarians have to be with one another and with the priests of our diocese are special times."
So said Father Brian Alford when asked for a takeaway from the winter gathering of seminarians, held each year between Christmas and New Year's while they are on break from their studies. Except for two studying in Rome, more than 20 seminarians attended the gathering Dec. 29-30, 2015.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki delivered to priests at their annual convocation in September his reflections on some of the most important matters facing the diocese. He also recently shared with the curia at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield his self-described "state of the diocese."
GRANITE CITY — Just like last year, brisk autumn winds greeted hundreds of participants Oct. 3 who joined Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, pastors and the Knights of Columbus in Granite City to pray the rosary and "peacefully and prayerfully" sing and walk to The Hope Clinic for Women, the only facility within the diocese's borders that performs surgical abortions.
Media coverage of Pope Francis' announcement that priests worldwide will be able to absolve women who had abortions caused widespread confusion since, according to Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, most priests in the United States, including the Springfield diocese, already have such authority in the sacrament of reconciliation.