Michael Hoerner

Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 101 years old.

Sister Miriam Joseph, the former Kathryn Leona Bardot, was born in Luebbering, Mo., on March 17, 1916, the daughter of August and Cecilia Barband Bardot. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1939.

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.”

Sunday, 14 May 2017 14:37

Official Appointments

Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop

Sunday, 14 May 2017 14:36

Have you ever been to Emmaus?

For me personally, one of the main highlights of our diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land last fall was to walk on the road to Emmaus. I took time away from the other pilgrims and had my beautiful walk in silence down this simple, dirt road — a road that was filled with tremendous blessings. For years of hearing and preaching the Easter Gospels I have longed to “get there” and allow myself the privilege to go and walk this road with great hope that I would encounter his presence.

Friday, 12 May 2017 14:28

How has God been revealed to you?

I was 19 when my cousin came to live with my family. He was just out of the Marines. He was not doing very well and was lost in many ways. When we were children we had been close, but it had been a few years since we had seen each other, and trying to re-establish our friendship was hard. To complicate things, my faith was becoming very important to me, and he rarely darkened the door of a church.

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