The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis welcomed 12 new Franciscan Associates on Sept. 24 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield. The new Associates are Ameyo Ayilisunga, Donna Chase, Jean Kapp, Diane Tebrugge, Gerardo Valdés and Michelle Wood (from Springfield); Mike Brummer, Joan Eggers and Jane Herman (from Effingham); Shirlene Kassing and Kathy Lohman (from Highland); and Pam Achten (from Green Bay, Wis.).
ROME — Diocesan seminarian Dominic Rankin was one of 31 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College who were ordained to the transitional diaconate Sept. 28, in Rome. Deacon Rankin is a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Quincy and is the son of Mark and Stephanie Rankin.
Bishop James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen — rector of the North American College from 2006 to 2016 — was the ordaining prelate, celebrating the Mass at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter, in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, in the Vatican.
Approximately 200 people from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were in the pews of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the afternoon of Sept. 17, as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated the Mass for Couples Married 50 Years or More.
The annual celebration included a Mass, reception and an opportunity to have photos taken with Bishop Paprocki. It was attended not only by many couples who are celebrating 50 years of marriage this year, but others who had been married even longer. In some cases, children and grandchildren came along to celebrate with them.
QUINCY — Quincy University has been recognized as a “College of Distinction” for the 2017-18 school year for its “engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.”
The announcement, by the organization bearing the same name, designated the four-year liberal arts university in both the Catholic and National categories.
ALTON — “For the seven of you for whom we are gathered … may you see the words, actions, and symbols, … through that lens of your charism, and so serve as the guide for how you will live this next stage of your journey in religious life.”
With those words, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki challenged seven women who celebrated their professions of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George on Aug. 2.
TROY — The St. Jerome (Troy) and St. John the Baptist (Blackjack) cemetery board members are looking for contacts who have information about those buried at either or both of the cemeteries.
ROME — Dominic Rankin, a seminarian for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois who is studying at the North American College in Rome, was to have been ordained to the diaconate on Sept. 28 at 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The ordination Mass was to have taken place at the Altar of the Chair, celebrated by Bishop James F. Checchio, of Metuchen. “He was the rector at the North American College my first year-and-a-half there,” Deacon Rankin says. “The altar is the one on the far back wall (behind the main altar that only Pope Francis uses) and below the famous window of the Holy Spirit.”
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield are inviting all to enjoy the view from their newest meeting space at Jubilee Farm: the Creative Arts Center.
As part of their Center for Ecology and Spirituality, the new building provides space for meetings and facilities for the sister-weavers, potters and woodworkers. There is also a small gift shop, workroom, and bathroom facilities. The arts center replaces a picturesque but termite-ridden 100-year-old barn, according to the Springfield Dominicans.
DECATUR — Catholic Charities of Decatur has recently named a number of new advisory board members. The officers are: Kyle Talleur, president; Kylee Roney, vice president; Gretchen Murphy, finance officer; and Jesica Willcut, secretary.
PEORIA (CNS) — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois joined other Catholic officials statewide in applauding state education funding reforms that include a scholarship tax credit program designed to provide up to $75 million a year in scholarships for qualifying students attending nonpublic schools.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly debated reforms Aug. 31 at an elementary school in Chicago.
HIGHLAND — When the world seems to be falling apart, and people question if people care for one another, a group of volunteers teamed up during the summer to feed children who may have been missing meals; because when schools are not in session, kids miss meals.
Nearly one-third of students in the Highland School District qualify for free or reduced lunches.
Observing that “no real training exists for family caregivers,” Donna Moore extended an invitation to the communiy to attend a conference on aging held at the Cathedral Atrium on Aug. 26.
“But, there are things an individual can do to make it easier when the time comes to step in to help parents,” said Moore, director of the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in her introduction.
Parish Catalyst is a creative leadership learning community collaborating with 11 other leadership teams from across the United States. Sharing best practices with these parishes, as well as instruction and insight from prominent leaders in the Catholic Church, the goal of Parish Catalyst is to imagine and stretch current visions of ministry and to develop and implement a specific strategic plan with a core goal of intentional discipleship.
With the new school year now under way, two dozen seminarians are either settling in for the school year, or serving in parishes, says Father Brian Alford, director of Vocations for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Bill Glover brought his expertise as the former chief information officer for the Archdiocese of Baltimore to his role as one of the presenters at the Diocesan Information Systems conference (DISC) hosted this year by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Almost daily, headlines scream of financial institutions, cell phone companies and even governments contending with online theft and breaches of personal information. Millions of dollars are spent on patches and other corrective measures.
Hacking goliaths like Target and Bank of America is one thing. But what about your parish? What happens if your diocese is hacked?
ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the profession of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of several sisters during Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Three junior professed sisters will make their final profession of vows, three novices will make their first profession of vows and one postulant will be received into the novitiate.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, celebrated at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church, Alton. He will be joined by other bishops and priests.
COLLINSVILLE — The women of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville will be putting the recently-constructed church gathering space to good use late this summer when they host their annual Women’s Day celebration.
This year’s event, “Miracles of our Faith,” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. in the newly-blessed fellowship hall in the basement of the gathering space, which is located at 207 Vandalia St. The main speaker at the event will be Catholic Radio hostess and award-winning author Elizabeth Ficocelli.
The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) recently sponsored a pilgrimage to Italy to visit holy sites and a papal audience.
Thirty-nine women (and a few husbands) from parishes across the United States participated in this historic pilgrimage.
Arriving in Venice, the group toured St. Mark’s Basilica to revere the remains of St. Mark and take a gondola ride that evening. On to the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, this gave the ladies an opportunity to light a candle in thanksgiving for good husbands or to find a good husband; a tradition of the Basilica.
QUINCY — The church record, its pages yellow and age-withered, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Brush Creek, Mo., documents that on April 1, 1854, Augustus Tolton was born. It reports the baby’s baptism nearly two months later on May 29. In a final note — enclosed in parentheses, the baby’s status was disclosed: (Slave of Stephen Elliott).
Born a slave and spirited by his mother, Martha, to freedom in 1862, the man that child became was honored by pilgrims in a procession and prayer service in Quincy on Sunday, July 9. It was the 120th anniversary of his death. Today, Father Augustus Tolton is on a path to sainthood in the church. His gift of joy as he endured a life of physical and emotional suffering — even in his own church — attracted the participants.
On July 10, Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield awarded prizes in in its second “Golf Balls from Heaven” raffle.
Father Jeff Grant, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, released the numbered golf balls from a helicopter over the driving range at Illini Country Club at approximately 6:45 p.m. Six hundred tickets, representing six hundred numbered golf balls, were sold for $50 each.
GODFREY — The Knights of Columbus Council 7804 and St. Ambrose Parish in Godfrey are hosting a presentation called “Fatima 2017: 100 Years Later, Mary’s Triumph, Our Hope, a Final Warning” on Saturday, Aug. 19. The event begins at 7 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1713 Stamper Lane in Godfrey.
High noon on June 28 brought hundreds of freedom-loving Catholics and non-Catholics to a citadel of secular power, the state capital building in Springfield, for a bold display of religious freedom. It was the midway point of Fortnight for Freedom, the yearly observance of religious freedom sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
QUINCY — Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently donated $2,000 through its “ADM Cares” program to the Ladies of Charity in Quincy. The donation will help provide high protein additions to the food baskets distributed by the organization.
“We find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the need for meat and other high protein foods,” said Jane Haas, president of Ladies of Charity of Quincy. “With the help of ‘ADM Cares,’ we have been able to meet these demands and greatly enhance the value and quality of the food we give.”
ST. LOUIS — The Ursulines of the Central Province installed a new leadership team during a blessing ceremony held June 2 in the provincial offices in St. Louis. Team members are Sister Rita Ann Bregenhorn, OSU, provincial; Sister Maria Teresa de Llano, OSU, councilor; and Sister Jean Hopman, OSU, councilor.
COLLINSVILLE — “There were struggles along the way and there were challenges for us as we began this journey of how we would face the reality of a highway and how it would affect our entrance,” said Father John Beveridge, pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville. “And we realized that the Lord was there all along the way telling us to take that next step, to be couragous, don’t be afraid, continue to open ourselves up to his grace, I am there for you always.”
At least 100 people were on hand on the afternoon of June 27, when HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield broke ground on its new outpatient center for women and children that will house providers from SIU Medicine, HSHS Medical Group and St. John’s Hospital.
Those in attendance included leaders from all three of the places as well as several members of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis community, a number of physicians, personnel from varied areas of the hospital, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and others from the Springfield community.
On Saturday, May 27, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain four men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The ordination Mass is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. As they finished up their years in the seminary and preparation for the priesthood Deacons Michael Friedel, Ronnie Lorilla, Rafal Pyrchla and Wayne Stock took time to share their thoughts on their upcoming ordinations.
The statement below was released within minutes after the May 10 Illinois Senate passage of House Bill 40 on behalf of the five Illinois Catholic bishops by the Catholic Conference of Illinois.