Scott Mulford

Thirty-one central Illinois organizations that benefit people living in poverty received grants from the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) sponsored by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The awards were given out by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki during a luncheon June 8 at the Cathedral Atrium in Springfield hosted by the Office for Social Concerns and Respect for Life.

Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois held its first ever "Senior Springboard" event April 26 in the Jim Belz Gymnasium at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield. Originally begun with professional athletes, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki said that he and other American bishops believed getting much younger people involved in CAC would provide early benefits.

World and national media attention focused on the capital city May 1-3 for the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's final funeral and laying to rest in Springfield's historic Oak Ridge Cemetery, second only to Arlington National Cemetery as the nation's most visited cemetery precisely because the remains of the martyred 16th president rest there.

GLEN CARBON — As construction of the new Father McGivney Catholic High School (FMCHS) continues, this year's annual appeal is concentrating on funds to furnish and equip the new building when students return for the new school year on Aug. 20, 2015.

Officials from the University of St. Mary of the Lake traveled from Mundelein to Springfield's Catholic Pastoral Center March 26 to inspect and take possesion of what they described as an "impressive" collection of canon law books printed prior to the First Code of Canon Law in 1917.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki used a March 10 press conference at the Catholic Pastoral Center to discount the recent assertion that two so-called "predator priests" held positions in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois years ago.

Several Springfield area jurists and attorneys joined state and local office holders and politicians at a Red Mass celebrated March 10 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki wore red vestments in honor of the Holy Spirit whose wisdom and guidance is sought for judges, lawyers and civic leaders. Bishop Paprocki, himself a civil and canon lawyer, delivered the homily and expressed his desire that it become an annual opportunity available especially to members of the General Assembly and the Illinois Supreme Court, both of which were in session,

Once their participation was confirmed, the news traveled at the speed of the Internet back to central Illinois. Seven seminarians from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois would join two others (from dioceses in Evansville, Ind. and Cincinnati) to serve Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by His Holiness Pope Francis.

The route to Springfield began in Decatur and ran through New England, Russia, Latvia and England for the new director of music and liturgy at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Dr. G. Fredrick Guzasky has served as adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University, an affiliated artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and organist and choirmaster at several parishes in Massachusetts. He has performed in recitals throughout New England, Russia, Latvia, and England. A recipient of Boston University's Outstanding Performance Award and the EMACT Award in conducting, Guzasky has taught master classes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

MT. STERLING — "Five Catholic Education Leaders Honored at NCEA Seton Awards Gala in Washington, D.C." screamed the headline of the nationwide press release issued by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the Tracy Family Foundation was one of them.

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