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  • Mt. Sterling priest and former Marine tells his story

    Mt. Sterling priest and former Marine tells his story

    Veterans are the backbone of our great nation. Their sacrifice, dedication to freedom, and helping the people of the world — we are forever indebted to their service.

    The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is blessed to have several priests who also served our country. One of those is Father Stephen Thompson, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Mt. Sterling and St. Thomas Parish in Camp Point.

    Father Thompson embodies honor, courage and commitment, values that have deep meaning to him as a Marine. He served our country for four years in the early 1990s as an E-4 corporal as a

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  • Collinsville woman moving mountains, one student at a time

    Collinsville woman moving mountains, one student at a time

    ST. JOSEPH, MICH. — During 22-year-old Amber Robinson’s senior year at college at Northern Illinois University, she knew she wanted to do missionary work but didn’t know where. Today, the Glen Carbon native who attends Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville finds herself in St. Joseph, Mich., working directly with youth, challenging these vulnerable Catholics “to love Christ and embrace the life of the church.”

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  • Diocesan planning study under way

    Diocesan planning study under way

    Parishioners encouraged to attend Focus Group meetings and/or participate in online survey

    The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has launched a planning study to determine the level of support for a diocesan-wide capital campaign.

    Representatives from the Steier Group, a Catholic development and fundraising firm, will be conducting interviews in the diocese until mid-November. They are seeking feedback on support for seminarian education throughout the diocese.

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  • CTK’s Over 50 Club’s generous push to help church’s future

    In 1988, Springfield’s Christ the King’s (CTK) Over 50 and Dinner Club had 20 members. Today, they boast 200 with members coming not just from Christ the King Parish, but several other parishes in the area. While the club is a great place for those who passed the half-century mark to meet other Catholics, eat a delicious meal every month, and hear from interesting speakers, the club has put most of its resources and generosity toward one thing: the church’s future.

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  • Students from all over diocese attend Mission Mass

    Students from all over diocese attend Mission Mass

    On Oct. 30, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was filled with enthusiastic students and faculty members who traveled from all over the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for the annual Mission Mass. Since many of the students had never been to the Cathedral, some of the groups took tours of the church before Mass and waited patiently afterwards to have photos taken with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, who was the main celebrant.

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  • In Memoriam - Sister Josine Mondloch, OSF

    In Memoriam - Sister Josine Mondloch, OSF

    Sister Josine Mondloch, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Oct. 19 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 87 years old.

    Sister Josine, the former Dolores Mary Ann Mondloch, was born in Sheboygan, Wis., on Aug. 12, 1932, the daughter of Joseph and Magdalen Schirmeister Mondloch. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1949 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1951.

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  • In Memoriam - Sister Marie McCloskey, OSU

    In Memoriam - Sister Marie McCloskey, OSU

    ST. LOUIS — Sister Marie McCloskey, OSU, died peacefully Oct. 4, at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans, at age 105. She taught in the Springfield diocese during the 1960s and 1970s.

    The daughter of Joseph McCloskey and Zita Gogarty McCloskey, she was born Dorothy Catherine McCloskey Feb. 17, 1914, in New Orleans. She attended Ursuline College and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola University. She later earned a master’s degree in English from St. Louis University and did further studies in theology at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.

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  • Official Appointments

  • Sacrament of reconciliation and purification from sin The four temperaments (Part 1)

    In continuing the subject of the sacrament of reconciliation and purification from sin, there are some interesting concepts to help us understand our tendencies, strengths and weaknesses. Ancient spiritual writers have delineated some components of our human psyche that, once identified, can assist in uncovering root causes for certain types of behavior. These components, known as temperaments, are inclinations and reactions that each person has with regard to a given stimulus. For example: When we are assigned a huge task; or have a large block of free time; or find ourselves at a party — how do we react to these

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  • Hey Father! Why is it a sin for a Catholic who is divorced but then remarries without an annulment from the Catholic Church?

    Why is it a sin for a Catholic who is divorced but then remarries without an annulment from the Catholic Church? What should that person do if they find themselves in that situation now?

     

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  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of November 10 and 17.

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  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese

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