More than 700 students from schools and parishes across the diocese participated in this year's Youth Days, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. They gathered in different venues to learn to be "missionaries in training." This is the fifth year that Kyle Holtgrave, associate director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Springfield diocese, has organized and hosted Youth Days, which began in Springfield and have grown to include many other areas.
The diocesan Office for Catechesis will present the Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference (DAEC) at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel at 4191 US 36 West (Wyckles Road) in Decatur Nov. 16-17.
With a clear blue late summer sky and a just-warm-enough temperature, Sept. 7 would have been a lovely day for a wedding. However, for the many couples who gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception that Sunday afternoon, it turned out to be a beautiful day to celebrate decades of married life.
Two Red Masses will be celebrated in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in the upcoming few weeks: one at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield and another at St. Peter Church in Quincy.
Just as the new school year is getting under way for students of all ages, diocesan seminarians are going back to classes as well. According to Father Brian Alford, director of Vocations, 22 men are currently seminarians for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Continuing a tradition that has lasted for decades, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield is once again offering its PSR for Exceptional People, beginning with a picnic get-together in mid-September that will kick-off the 2014-2015 academic year.
EFFINGHAM — Principal Vicki Wenthe might be new to Sacred Heart School, but she has a lot of company in that area. Due to several recent retirements and an added kindergarten class her staff of 22 individuals includes a new preschool teacher aide, new kindergarten and second grade teachers, a new music and band teacher, a new administrative assistant and a new cook.
For many parents, getting kids ready to go back to school plays havoc with the family's finances. Those seemingly endless lists of required school supplies are often costly, not to mention paying the price of replacing clothes the children may have outgrown over the summer.
With the new school year just under way, a few Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are depending on new principals to lead them in a positive direction.
Most of the principals have been in the schools this summer, preparing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Moreover, they were also at the Catholic Pastoral Center in early August, attending the annual new principal’s orientation.
Michele Levandoski, director of Archives and Records Management for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, recently was recognized by the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists (ACDA). She received the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Award at a banquet during the ACDA biennial conference held July 21-25 at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein.