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  • ‘Converting WAS one OF THE best decisions I’ve ever made.’

    ‘Converting WAS one OF THE best decisions I’ve ever made.’

    One year after becoming Catholic, Effingham’s Rebecca McIntire is more joyful than ever.

    This Easter, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is set to receive more than 200 peopleThis Easter, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is set to receive more than 200 peopleinto the Catholic Church.  Effingham’s Rebecca McIntire was in their shoes just last year. Catholic Times checks in with her to see how things are going, what she loves about the faith, and what we can learn from  her conversion story.

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  • Routt’s 2020 Lenten booklet: Seeing and believing our identity in Christ 

    Routt’s 2020 Lenten booklet: Seeing and believing our identity in Christ 

    JACKSONVILLE — Lent is an important time to repent and reevaluate one’s life, especially in high school. Every day high schoolers face stress and hardships. They must overcome the temptations of life while finding themselves and their place in the world and in Christ. That’s why students at Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville are focusing on identity during the Lenten season.

    In 2015, Janet Chipman, an English teacher at Routt, began making a Lenten devotional booklet written by and for Routt students. Her brainchild continues to touch the lives of its readers. This year Chipman asked her freshmen and seniors

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  • Seven Sisters in Effingham prays for priests

    Our priests need our prayers and they need them consistently. That’s the mission behind Seven Sisters, a prayer group at Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham. As part of the Seven Sisters Apostolate, which has local groups in parishes throughout the world, the Effingham group started in January of 2018.

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  • QU celebrates inauguration of new president

    QU celebrates inauguration of new president

    QUINCY — Quincy University’s Board of Trustees entrusted Brian McGee, Ph.D., with Quincy University’s mission during a formal ceremony Feb. 28. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois joined other religious leaders, city officials, community leaders, and members of the campus community in celebration at the official inauguration of Quincy University’s 24th president in St. Francis Solanus Chapel.

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  • In Memoriam - Sister Mary Celeste Cour, OSU

    In Memoriam - Sister Mary Celeste Cour, OSU

    ST. LOUIS — Sister Mary Celeste Cour, OSU, died peacefully Feb. 24 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She was 96 years old.

    The daughter of Raymond F. Cour and Frances Irene Greeley, she was born Jan. 11, 1924, in Springfield. As a young student at Ursuline Academy, she was captivated by stories of the missions and dreamed of the day when she could give her life to this work. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in Crystal City, Mo., in 1944 and made her vows in 1947.

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  • Understanding balance between confidentiality and openness

    After the death of Jean Vanier on May 7, 2019, I wrote about his groundbreaking work in establishing relationships with people with intellectual disabilities.

    I in fact had a personal memory: Mr. Vanier had spoken to my seminary nearly 40 years ago. I felt the genuineness of his willingness to carry out this most important work.

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  • Hey Father - Please clarify the Catholic Church’s position on divorce

    Please clarify the Catholic Church’s position on divorce. I had been taught as long as I remained unmarried after being divorced, I was still in good standing with the church, and could continue to receive the sacraments. I was recently researching mortal sins, and saw an article saying annulment was “permitted” by the church, but not divorce. I would sure appreciate clarification.

    — Anonymous in our diocese

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