Scott Mulford

Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:51

When you’re the caregiver

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.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:56

Ransomware. It’s everywhere

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?

Sunday, 09 July 2017 10:41

Rock the Rotunda for Religious Freedom

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).

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.”

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.

Chief Justice Karmeier speaks about tradition

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.

Sunday, 28 May 2017 11:49

Liturgy head calls it a career

Kapitan assisted colleagues nationwide

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.

“Having spent 15 years in Catholic schools, my faith life has become the foundation of my life,” Madi Connors said confidently during her testimony at the Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Springboard event in Springfield.

“In having the privilege of going to Marquette [Catholic High School], I have the opportunity to speak openly of my faith and my relationship with God.”

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.

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.

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