bishops column

  • Religious order priests, sisters, brothers celebrate milestone years of service

    Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious order priests, religious sisters and religious brothers who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2018.Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious order priests, religious sisters and religious brothers who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2018. These people surely deserve our thanks, respect, admiration and prayers for selflessly and courageously answering the call to serve God’s people. Read on to see if you Read More
  • Diocese honors educators, catechists for years of service

    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 2017-2018 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 and seven certificates were issued. Read More
  • Lawmaking in Springfield as adjournment nears

    Lawmaking in Springfield as adjournment nears Longtime observers know that an adjournment date means little, since no bill ever, really dies in Springfield. Lawmakers still have plenty on their plates. Here’s a rundown of some items of interest to Catholics in the Springfield diocese and the other dioceses statewide.   Read More
  • In Memoriam - Sister Marciana Heimann, ASC

    In Memoriam -  Sister Marciana Heimann, ASC RUMA — Sister Marciana Heimann, ASC, died April 20 at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was born on March 1, 1928, the second of four children of Herman and Rosa (Richter) Heimann of New Baden. She was 90 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 71 years. Read More
  • The role of the sacraments in the Interior Life

    The elements: actual and sanctifying grace Actual grace: a kind of divine or supernatural thrust or impetus that allows us to act above our own power. This is because our own natural powers are incapable of attaining supernatural rewards. Prior to the reception of sanctifying grace, we need a special help from God, which is called actual grace. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of May 13 and 20. Read More
  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of May 13 and 20. Read More
  • A woman rich beyond things

    International Women’s Day in March recalls that many girls and women in developing countries still face huge barriers to an education, are denied rights to ownership of the land they labor on, have no access to health care, suffer regular beatings from their husbands, and are placed in early child marriages resulting in horrendous feminine problems when they give birth. Read More
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