Regulars at the weekday 5:15 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are often joined by visitors to the Lincoln sites in the state capital. On May 16, they were also joined by an impressive array of state and local officials.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois began the annual Red Mass by welcoming among others, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, other Illinois Supreme Court justices, House Speaker Michael Madigan, members of the General Assembly and local civic leaders.
PORTLAND, Ore. — There are many issues pertaining to justice and mercy in relation to doctrine, canon law and pastoral practices regarding marriage and divorce that have arisen, said Bishop Paprocki, from two documents issued by Pope Francis: first, his Apostolic Letter, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, by which the canons of the Code of Canon Law pertaining to cases regarding the nullity of marriage were reformed, effective Dec. 8, 2015; second, his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitae, on love in the family, issued March 19, 2016.
Women seeking no cost pregnancy testing and ultrasound, or low cost limited sexually-transmitted disease (STD) testing can now receive those services through a mobile medical unit (MMU), driven and parked around Springfield by First Step Women’s Center. A registered nurse sonographer is available to serve women, with no appointment required.
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield welcomed 28 new associates — and expressed gratitude to Sister Paul Mary Janssens, OP, who is leaving leadership of the program after 11 years of service — during Mass at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on May 7. Sixteen associates are residents of the diocese. They hail from Springfield, Bluffs, Auburn, Jacksonville, Illiopolis and Pana. Other new associates are from around Illinois and Jackson, Miss., where the Dominican Sisters sponsor St. Dominic Health Services.
EDWARDSVILLE — “The Mass was a huge success!” reports Kelly Bonk in describing the first ever Mass in memory of miscarried babies on April 19.
“The numbers really surprised us,” said Bonk. “We had hoped to remember 10 babies and were shocked when we receieved the names of 60 to remember with candles and prayer cards.”
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki proclaimed May 20 as a “successful first session of our fourth diocesan synod.”
More than 220 parish delegates to the synod began the day in prayer with Bishop Paprocki. In his homily, Bishop Paprocki made clear who presents the major hurdle facing the synod.
“ … the evil one will try to prevent us from achieving our spiritual goals and growing in God’s grace. He will do this in subtle ways, not with a frontal assault, but through apathy, discouragement and fear.” The entire homily is available on the diocesan website www.dio.org and then click on Bishop Paprocki’s Homilies and Speeches.
Eliot Kapitan is tidying up his notoriously book-filled and paper-filled curia office as he retires after nearly 29 years of service to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
A native of South Dakota, Kapitan is a graduate of Notre Dame Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in New Orleans, and is known professionally — and affectionately — for his strict attention to liturgical accuracy and detail.
The sixth annual Our Lady of Good Counsel Women of Distinction Award and Luncheon will be held Saturday, June 17, beginning with 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
The event is hosted by the Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW). Each parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is asked to select a “Woman of Distinction” to be recognized by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki during Mass. Following the Mass a recognition luncheon for honorees, family members, friends and parish priests will be held at the Sangamon Prairie Reception Center in Chatham.
EFFINGHAM — HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Wound Healing Center has again been recognized nationally with two awards for its clinical excellence and patient satisfaction. The awards were presented by Healogics, the largest provider of advanced wound care services.
The Center recently received the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D. Center of Excellence Award, for meeting the highest quality standards for the sixth year in a row. The award is named for Warriner, a pioneer in wound care and the former chief medical officer for Healogics.
Aaron Puchbauer assumes the position of president and chief executive officer of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville on May 15. Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) announced his appointment last month.
“It has long been a goal of mine to serve in a rural hospital,” Puchbauer said. “I deeply believe in the faith-based mission of HSHS and look forward to the opportunity of serving at Good Shepherd Hospital.”
Acting on Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of Mercy, the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province have been collecting funds to dig wells in Africa. Remembering that one of the corporal works of mercy is to “give drink to the thirsty,” the friars decided to provide wells in areas where the Franciscans are serving, specifically in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in South Sudan.
CHICAGO — The head of the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops lamented Illinois House passage of legislation authorizing the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees.
Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, criticized lawmakers for turning a moral argument into campaign fodder. “Elected representatives today chose raw politics over the innocent lives of the unborn,” Gilligan said.
At the end of each school year, educators and catechists in parish schools and religious education programs in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special service anniversaries.
Honorees for 2016-2017 receive a certificate. The catechist certificates are signed by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Christine Malmevik, director of the Office for Catechesis. Educator certificates are signed by Bishop Paprocki and Brandi Borries, superintendent for Catholic Schools. One-hundred thirty-nine certificates were issued.
“We appreciate and congratulate these dedicated catechists and teachers for their ministry of discipleship formation,” said Borries and Malmevik, in a joint statement. “We pray for God’s blessing on them always.”
Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious sisters and one religious brother who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2017.
These people surely deserve our thanks, respect, admiration and prayers for selflessly and courageously answering the call to serve God’s people. Read on to see if you recognize someone who has made a difference in your life or in the life of someone you know.
On the Friday within the Octave of Easter, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained three seminarians to the transitional diaconate during an evening Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
Hundreds of people were at the Cathedral on April 21 in support of Robert Paul Johnson, Aaron Thomas Kuhn and Mark Walker Tracy as they received the sacrament of holy orders, ordaining them to deacons as a transitional step toward being priests for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Father McGivney Catholic High School (FMCHS) has named Joe Lombardi as new principal effective July 1, 2017.
Lombardi, a resident of Edwardsville, is currently a coach and chair of the science department at Belleville West High School where he has taught for the past 18 years.
Dr. Robert Gervasi, president of Quincy University, is leaving at the end of the academic year to become president of Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.
During his tenure at Quincy, Gervasi has helped to raise significant funds for the university by connecting both alumni and community members to the campus.
Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will join Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for the annual priests’ jubilee celebration on Tuesday, May 9 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center at Lake Springfield.
Silver jubilarians this year are Father Rodney Schwartz and Father Donald Patrick Gibbons. The golden jubilarian this year is Msgr. Michael Kuse. Celebrating 55 years of service this year are Father Philip Kraft, Father Ronald Trojcak, Father Jerry Wickenhauser, MM, and Father Joseph Zimmerman, OFM. Celebrating 60 years of service are Father Louis Schlangen, Father Henry Schmidt and Father Kenneth Rosswog, OFM. Celebrating 65 years is Father Sylvano Pera, OFM. And finally, celebrating 70 years is Father Vincent Elsen, OFM.
On the Friday of Easter Week, April 21, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain three men to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The ordination will take place during 6:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Recently, Robert “Rob” Johnson, Aaron Kuhn and Mark Tracy took time to share their thoughts on their upcoming ordinations.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki greeted those who gathered March 29 for Life Advocacy Day at the Capitol with a post-election legislative take on the snake tempting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
“The devil is the father of lies and just as the snake [the devil] tempts Eve and Adam to eat the forbidden fruit … the devil lies about abortion and he lies about its impact,” said Bishop Paprocki.
The Easter Vigil is the premier time each year for the making of Catholic adults through the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation. For the purposes of baptism, “adults” are those of catechetical age (about the age of 7 and older). This year, in 63 parishes and one university within the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, 320 people will have come to the Easter Vigil to celebrate rites that will have joined them to the Catholic Church.
Although the Easter Vigil is the normative time for the baptism of adults and children of catechetical age (about the age of 6 or 7 and older), it is not the only time the Roman Catholic Church “makes” new Catholics. Infants of Catholic parents are regularly baptized soon after birth.
On the weekend of March 4-5, which was the first weekend of Lent, 319 people from 62 places (61 parishes and the Eastern Illinois University Newman Center) came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to take part in the Rite of Election of Catechumens and of the Call to Continuing Conversion of Baptized Catholics. They were accompanied by the priests, deacons, sponsors, godparents, families and friends who traveled with them.
Like its flashy television sibling, your chance of finding the right radio station that delivers the niche programming you enjoy continues on its upward trajectory. Perhaps the ultimate “niche” programming is religious programming. And Catholic radio, more specifically, is growing, albeit at a much quieter (think “contemplative”) pace.
Peter Chineke, a seminarian for the Springfield diocese, was among 18 students at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology to be received into the ministry of lector on March 2 in the seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of the archdiocese of Louisville presided at the installation.