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.
And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full. — Luke 9:17.
A committed cadre of central Illinois Catholics is embarking on an innovative plan to reclaim unused pharmaceuticals from diverse institutions like correctional facilities and long term care pharmacies, and make them available for use by medical missions.
Donning red vestments and invoking the name of St. Thomas More, the patron saint of Catholic lawyers, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated the Red Mass on Oct. 19 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Retired Judge John Mehlick of Illinois' seventh judicial circuit represented the St. Thomas More Lawyers Guild of Springfield in leading the procession to the altar that included Father David Hoefler, diocesan vicar general, Father Seth Brown, parochial vicar of Cathedral Parish and Deacon Larry Smith.
GRANITE CITY — A bracing autumn wind swirled vestments and participants' scarves Oct. 4 as hundreds joined Bishop Thomas John Paprocki in Granite City to pray the rosary, sing and walk to The Hope Clinic for Women, the only facility within the diocese's borders that performs surgical abortions.
With these words, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki challenged current and future students of Father McGivney Catholic High School (FMCHS) to take advantage of the gift bestowed upon them — the gift of a Catholic education.
EFFINGHAM — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki invited diocesan priests to Effingham for three days last month to share his vision on strategy, parish planning and heeding Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's call to adopt the new evangelization, a call continued by Pope Francis.
Bishop Emeritus Victor Galeone, formerly of St. Augustine, Fla., delivered a spirited defense of Pope Paul VI’s prescient 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae. To a roomful of couples, parents and sometimes squirming children at the Cathedral Atrium Aug. 10., Bishop Galeone spoke about natural family planning as a method to remain true to the church’s doctrine against contraception. He quoted Pope Paul VI extensively from the encyclical itself.
For more than 25 years, Msgr. John Ossola has celebrated Mass for untold thousands of visiting Catholics on the two Saturdays of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Msgr. Ossola relies on volunteers — both drafted and undrafted —to assist him in the auditorium of the Illinois Building.