• Father Bergbower recalls ‘fullness and peace’ of Camino de Santiago pilgrimage

    Father Bergbower recalls ‘fullness and peace’ of  Camino de Santiago  pilgrimage

    While many of us have been contemplating and beginning to carry out our New Year’s resolutions for 2020, Father Daniel Bergbower spent several weeks in 2018 and 2019 fulfilling his own personal pilgrimage resolution by completing the Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James.

    The pilgrimage is an epic journey of 500 miles, leading pilgrims to the Shrine of the Apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where the remains of St. James are buried.

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  • Youth group in Charleston seeing great success

    Youth group in Charleston seeing great success

    CHARLESTON — Angie Buescher didn’t go looking to be a youth minister. She actually called St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Charleston to see if they needed help with teaching religious education. After being told all the spots were filled, she learned there was one opening: youth ministry. Fast forward 22 years and Buescher would have never guessed she would be the youth minister, and it would become her passion.

    “Although I told them I had no idea what a youth minister’s role was, I got the job and was guided by the priest,” she says.

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  • St. Pope John Paul II, dogs, and the Eucharist

    An incredible story of the true Presence

    A story from 1995 reports that when St. Pope John Paul II was visiting the United States, on his last day in Baltimore, the pope said that after greeting seminarians outside St. Mary’s Seminary, he wanted to spend some time inside, to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

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  • Keeping Christ in Christmas

    Keeping Christ in Christmas

    EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Knights of Columbus Council held its 13th annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest this year and 340 posters were submitted. In addition to the age groups that go on for higher level judging, the Council also has a contest for children age 4 and under. The first-place winners of the other age groups were submitted for judging at the diocesan and state levels. The Council winners were presented their awards at a ceremony held on Dec. 18.

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  • Springfield Right to Life more active at new location next to Planned Parenthood

    Springfield Right to Life more active at new location next to Planned Parenthood

    In December 2017, Springfield Right to Life moved into a new space, next door to Planned Parenthood. Since that move, Laura Colantino, who was hired as their new executive director last November, says Springfield Right to Life has become more active.

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  • In Memoriam - Sister Maretta Kurk, OSF

    In Memoriam - Sister Maretta Kurk, OSF

    Sister Maretta Kurk, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Dec. 19, 2019, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 87 years old.

    Sister Maretta, the former Norma Jean Kurk, was born in Quincy, on June 15, 1932, the daughter of Clarence and Edith Schaich Kurk. She entered the Congregation on Sept.12, 1951, and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1954.

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  • Docility to the Holy Spirit

    In Chapter 13 of Matthew’s Gospel, our Lord gives us the parable of the sower. In this parable —a parable of the Kingdom of God—seeds are sown in various places: on bird-filled paths, rocky ground, shallow soil, amidst thorns and thistles, and on fertile soil. Only the fertile soil offered proper ground for the seed to sprout and grow.

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  • Hey, Father! I made a New Year’s resolution to increase my spirituality and faith life. What is your advice? What should I make a priority?

    The two fundamentals most lacking in the spiritual lives of most people today, I believe, are curiosity and imagination.

    How can we grow in relationship with God if we are not the least bit curious about who he is and what he’s about?

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  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of January 12 and 19.

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  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese

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