Diane Schlindwein

GIRARD — Growing up at St. Patrick Church, Gigi Mayernick remembers admiring the statue of Our Lady in the outdoor grotto. Family pictures show her at the foot of the statue, smiling at first holy Communion and as a young woman of 18. However, looking back Mayernick says, "As a little girl, I thought Mary needed a little bit of color."

The international women's ministry Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is coming to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in late summer. Over the last weekend in August, the Office for Marriage and Family Life, led by director Carlos Tejeda, will be hosting Endow for three events.

With the new school year starting in just about a month, Stacie Reichensperger is ready for the challenge as the new associate superintendent for Catholic schools. An educator for 20 years, she joined the office in late June and succeeds Marilyn Missel who retired earlier this year.

QUINCY — What began as a short conversation at a parish meeting ended up with one large Quincy family making international news.

According to his daughter, Donna Lane, Leo Zanger was talking to a friend from St. Rose of Lima Parish in March and commented that he and his wife Ruth were about to become grandparents again — for the 100th time! Thinking that this kind of event would be newsworthy in a town where the Zangers are already very well-known, that man passed the information on to a reporter at the Quincy Herald-Whig.

On Saturday, May 23, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain four men priests for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois during 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Recently, Deacon Samuel Bagyo Jr., Deacon Adam Prichard, Deacon Martin Smith and Deacon Jason Stone — all who are completing their theology studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein — shared with Catholic Times how they look forward to serving in the future.

Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious sisters and priests who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2015.

The rainy and chilly weather outside did nothing to dampen the joy felt on Saturday, April 25 as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained two third-year seminarians to the transitional diaconate during Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will gather on Tuesday, May 12 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield for the annual Priests' Jubilee Celebration with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. The special presenter for the day will be Bishop Joseph Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who is the official postulator for the cause of canonization for Father Augustus Tolton. He will speak on Father Tolton's priesthood.

On Saturday, April 25, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain two men to the transitional diaconate during 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Paul Bonk and Braden Maher are both completing their third year of theology training and will be vested that day.

Hundreds of people from all over the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were in attendance when Bishop Thomas John Paprocki concelebrated the chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of March 31.

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