Michael Hoerner

Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:29

Obituary - Sister Genevieve James, OP

Sister Genevieve James, OP, died March 20 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was 96 years old.

Sister Genevieve was born in Newark, N.J., on June 15, 1920. She is predeceased by her parents George James and Genevieve Turbott James, and her brother George.

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Laurentia Fenlon died March 21 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1931 to Lawrence J. and Mary Bartley Fenlon and baptized Joan Marie. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister Laurentia ministered most of her religious life in elementary education. She taught or was principal in parish schools throughout central and northern Illinois and in Duluth, Minn. In 1992, she began her ministry as parish pastoral associate, serving at St. Gertrude Parish, Franklin Park and at Corpus Christi Parish, Carol Stream. In 2002, she became unit secretary in the Dominican Sisters’ nursing facility at Sacred Heart Convent and cared lovingly for the needs of the sisters until she was no longer able.

Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:21

Obituary - Sister Wilma Boeving, PHJC

DONALDSON, IND. — Sister Wilma Boeving, (Dolores Ruth) PHJC, passed away on March 26 at the Catherine Kasper Home in Donaldson, on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation.

The Feast of the Annunciation is a special feast day for the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. Luke 1:26-38 tells of Gabriel’s visit with the message that Mary will conceive and give birth to Jesus. Mary replies, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:07

Official Appointments

Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop

Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:01

Church welcomes 320 new members

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.


For a lifetime of contributions to their Catholic health ministry, the Catholic Health Association (CHA)has announced that two Springfield-based sisters will receive its “Lifetime Achievement Award.”


Award-winning preacher, teacher, spiritual director and radio talk show guest Father Albert Hesse, OFM, will be the keynote speaker at WDCR 88.9/96.5 Decatur Catholic Radio’s sixth Annual Dinner, April 27.


Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and diocesan Pastoral Council chair Mike Christie presided at the first prayer and listening session from their location in Charleston.  Others gathered in Alton, Quincy, Jacksonville, Decatur and Chatham participated via Skype.

I’ve long wondered why “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad,” was the responsorial psalm chosen for Easter, the most important celebration of the year for Christians.

Not that there’s anything inappropriate in it, but I’ve always taken it to mean each day is a gift from God, so appreciate it. The verse just never seems momentous enough.

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