On July 21, Chris Malmevik, the director of the Office for Catechesis, will observe her 25th anniversary at the Springfield Catholic Pastoral Center. The very next day she will begin her retirement, bidding farewell to friends in the Springfield office and in parishes throughout the diocese.

Although her titles have changed over the years, Malmevik, who is a member of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield, says she always has been responsible for faith formation and catechesis and all that they involve. It is something she understands well.

Beatification to take place in Peoria

PEORIA ― A little more than a week after the mortal remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were transferred from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, on July 6, Pope Francis formally approved a miracle attributable to Archbishop Sheen’s intercession, paving the way for Archbishop Sheen’s Beatification, which will grant him the new title of “Blessed.”

ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the first profession of a novice and the reception into the novitiate of three postulants during holy Mass at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, held at St. Mary Church in Alton. He will be joined by several bishops and local and visiting priests.

Collinsville — The ladies of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville invite you to Women’s Day 2019: “Prove it, God! And he did.” The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the parish fellowship hall, 207 Vandalia in Collinsville.

Nationally known speaker Patty Schneier will be on hand to describe her journey of discovery, repentance and renewal. The presentation will be enlivened by the strong sense of God’s presence, the power of his Word, and the amazing way he worked to bring a “cafeteria Catholic” to conversion. Through song, Scripture, and journal writing, Schneier will share the story of her challenge to God and his daily response.

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Studying among the saints

How Rome is shaping our future priests

An eight-week crash course in learning the Italian language. That’s what seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome go through before they start attending classes in the “Eternal City.” Those classes are taught in Italian. While it is a daunting task to learn a new language in a new city so quickly, for seminarians from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, it’s worth the stress to be chosen to study among the saints in Rome.

How you can help build a home for someone in need?

When you think of the tools you need to be a disciple, do you think of a hammer or saw? Yes, being a disciple can require labor, hard work, and even a little sweat. This fall, you are called to be an active disciple with your mmer, saw, sweat, and all! That’s because parishes from the Springfield deanery are coming together and partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County for a Catholic Build.

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From the Gem City to the Eternal City

Quincy’s Father Harman reflects on his role leading more than 200 seminarians in Rome

For Quincy native Father Peter Harman, there are plenty of perks of living full-time in Rome: the food, culture, history, and architecture for starters. Then, there is living within a five-minute walk of St. Peter’s Basilica, not to mention living among the saints, in the heart of the church universal. That said, there is still no place like home.

Quincy’s Father Rankin, new parochial vicar at the Cathedral in Springfield, calls Rome experience ’inspiring‘

The ceiling of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield is inspired from the ceiling of St. Mary Major in Rome, a papal basilica that houses a spectacular and large piece of the Holy Crib, where Jesus lay after his birth in Bethlehem.

Ashley Noronha’s amazing journey Ashley Noronha’s amazing journey from the classrooms of Christ the King School to the halls of the Vatican to the airwaves of the nation

Ashley (Puglia) Noronha’s mantra is to live in the present and to simply follow God’s plan. Little did she know, that plan was for a world-wide adventure. After attending Springfield’s Christ the King School and graduating from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in 1992, she went off to the University of Dayton in Ohio. While working in the world of marketing in Milwaukee after college, she received a master’s in theology.

Dinner features Denise Burke of Alliance Defending Freedom

Springfield — As part of Religious Freedom Week (June 22-30), the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting Denise Burke, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, to discuss the issue of religious freedom, current attacks on this fundamental right, how people can fight back, and victories in the courts.

St. John’s College of Nursing in Springfield will begin a Nursing Preparatory Pipeline Program (NP3) this fall for high school students. The program will give participants a sneak peek into the nursing profession and will provide them with early mentors within the Springfield nursing community.

Rome – Father Augustine Tolton of Quincy, the nation’s first black priest and once a slave, was proclaimed “Venerable” by Pope Francis, making Father Tolton one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

Now that Father Tolton has been declared Venerable, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is exploring having a shrine to honor Venerable Father Tolton. One possible location could be the now-closed St. Boniface Church in Quincy. An announcement on that could come later this year.

Quincy — Area Catholics and others devoted to Servant of God Father Augustine Tolton will commemorate the 122nd anniversary of his death with a pilgrimage procession on Saturday, July 6.

Father Tolton, the nation’s first black priest, died in 1897 and is interred in St. Peter Cemetery in Quincy, where he was raised and from where he left to study for the priesthood in Rome. He returned to Quincy as a priest in 1886 and ministered in the Gem City until he left for Chicago in 1889. The cause for the canonization of Father Tolton is under way.

The Black Catholic Commission of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting a workshop focusing on the life and impact of black people in the Bible. Sister Addie Walker, SSND, director of Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, will conduct the workshop at The Villa Maria Catholic Life Center in Springfield at 1903 E Lake Shore Drive on Lake Springfield.


CALHOUN COUNTY — Getting around Calhoun County, must less the region, has been a lesson in patience for the residents there, as flood waters have wreaked havoc on several communities along the Illinois River. For weeks, there has been one way in and one way out, by car. A drive from Hardin to Alton usually takes less than an hour. Now, it takes three to four with the Joe Page Bridge in Hardin closed. During the Great Flood of 1993, it took four months for that bridge to reopen.

GRAFTON — Heavy rains this spring have caused the Mississippi River to flood, reaching near record levels, and wreaking havoc for communities along the river. In Grafton, the inside of St. Patrick Catholic Church is currently under a couple of feet of water. Parishioners and community members worked tirelessly May 29 and 30 to build scaffolding and lifted pews, the altar, and other items to the choir loft to keep those items dry. The scene was reminiscent of the Great Flood of 1993, shown here on the cover of Catholic Times that summer.

Boys and girls ages 7 through 17 interested in beefing up their hockey skills and boosting their spiritual lives at the same time are encouraged to register for the Catholic Hockey Camp, coming to the Nelson Center in Springfield June 17-19.

Players will learn hockey skills, techniques, strategy and receive leadership development from several experts in the sport, including Christopher and Richard Gomez, brothers who played on the University of Illinois Illini club hockey team and Tim Healy, who played college hockey at St. Norbert College. Off-ice activities include daily Mass, faith and motivational talks, eucharistic adoration, opportunities for confession, and daily rosary walks.

QUINCY — On May 5, the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelite group of St. Joseph, Faithful Guardian of Carmel of Quincy, celebrated the clothing of two of their members in a ceremony presided over by their spiritual assistant, Father Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, of St Rose of Lima Parish, Quincy. They are Katherine Rehmsmeyer of Hannibal, Mo., and Mary Voorhis of Quincy.QUINCY — On May 5, the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelite group of St. Joseph, Faithful Guardian of Carmel of Quincy, celebrated the clothing of two of their members in a ceremony presided over by their spiritual assistant, Father Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, of St Rose of Lima Parish, Quincy. They are Katherine Rehmsmeyer of Hannibal, Mo., and Mary Voorhis of Quincy.

Sixteen Illinois residents, including 11 from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, made their formal commitment as associates of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield during a ceremony at Sacred Heart Convent on May 5.

They recently completed a nine-month program of formation in Dominican life, history, spirituality and mission provided by the Dominican Sisters for Christian women and men since 1990.

Seventy-three women from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were honored as “Women of Distinction” at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception June 1 by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. The annual award ceremony was followed by a luncheon at the Northfield Center where the ladies, their families, their parish priests, deanery spiritual advisors and the 2019 diocesan scholarship winners were celebrated.

In 2010, Danielle Loftus of Springfield was involved in a jet-ski accident that left her with a severe brain injury — unable to speak or eat and limited in her movement. Over the past nine years, the Loftus family, parishioners at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield, have asked the community for prayers and relied on their faith and humor to care for Danielle, who is now 23. Catholic Times Editor Andrew Hansen sat down with the Loftus family, parents Lynell and Jeff, and their other daughters Taylor and Rachel, to talk about how Danielle is doing today, how prayers have helped, and how their faith and humor are the backbone of their family.


Newman Center at SIUE impacts college students from across diocese

It’s a Wednesday morning on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). For most college students, that means class, grabbing something to eat, or maybe sleeping in. But for dozens of Catholic students, it means praying the rosary and celebrating Mass on campus at the Fuller Dome.

“Mass on Wednesday is great because you get to recharge your faith life in the middle of the week, which is super awesome and helps me get through the week,” said Nick Berkenbile, a student from Edwardsville. “Confession, adoration, you name it, they have it.”

On April 28 the Dominican Sisters of Springfield capped a week of common study, prayer and contemplation — called a General Chapter — by electing to leadership the sisters who will animate their common life and mission for the coming five years. Earlier during the meeting, they signaled the direction for ministry for the coming five years by affirming A Prayer for the Life of the World.

Re-elected as prioress general of the congregation is Sister Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP, who has led the Springfield Dominican Sisters during the 2014-2019 term. Sister Rose Miriam Schulte, OP, was elected as vicaress, and Sisters Mila Diaz Solano, OP, and Marie Michelle Hackett, OP, will serve as second and third councilors.

Sister Maureen O’Connor, OSF, has been elected for a second term as provincial superior of the American Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. In addition, Sister Christa Ann Struewing, OSF, was elected provincial vicaress and Sisters Rosily Menachery, OSF, and Janice Schneider, OSF, were elected for a second term as provincial councilors. They will serve a term from 2019-2023.

EJ Kuiper has been selected to serve as the president and CEO at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He has been serving in this role as interim since November 2018 after the former president and CEO, Dr. Charles Lucore, left HSHS for a position in New York.

Kuiper joined HSHS when he was appointed president and CEO of the HSHS Central Illinois Division (CID) in November 2013. He will continue to serve in this CID role in addition to his new appointment at St. John’s.

TEUTOPOLIS — Recently, Joan Eggers and Lawrence Carie, both of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Effingham, and Michael Brummer of St. Aloysius Parish, Dieterich made their profession as secular Franciscans in the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Teutopolis. Father Frank Folino, OFM, celebrated the Mass.

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) recently announced that Dr. Marc E. Shelton has accepted the offer to become the vice president and chief physician executive of HSHS. HSHS has 15 hospitals and three physician practices with 230 clinics in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Shelton joined Prairie 25 years ago as an interventional cardiologist. He has been part of the HSHS family since 2008 when Prairie officially became part of HSHS. He has served as the president of Prairie Cardiovascular since 2008.

Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious order sisters who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2019. The following biographies were compiled from information submitted for publication by the religious orders.


The Illinois Army National Guard officially has a Catholic chaplain to serve the men and women who serve our country. Father Mark Tracy of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois was officially sworn in as a commissioned officer during a swearing-in ceremony April 29 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield.


At the end of each school year, catechists in parish school of religion (PSR) programs and teachers in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special service anniversaries.

Honorees for 2018-2019 receive a certificate. The catechist certificates are signed by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Christine Malmevik, director of the Office for Catechesis. Teacher certificates are signed by Bishop Paprocki and Brandi Borries, superintendent for Catholic Schools. Overall, 146 certificates were issued.



St. Augustine Parish
Troy Smith, 5 years


St. Alexius Parish
Alejandra Borjas, 10 years
Camerina Castro, 10 years
Blincia C. Reza, 10 years
Sabina Rios, 5 years
Jackie Tanner, 5 years

Camp Point

St. Thomas Parish
Pam Clampitt, 15 years


Ss. Peter and Paul Parish
Maggie Brennan, 25 years
Rebecca Boyce, 15 years
Nora Fraze, 5 years
Tom Fraze, 5 years


Holy Family Parish
Rita Hogan, 10 years


St. Boniface Parish
Heather Sundar, 10 years

St. Mary Parish
John Dowdy, 10 years
Eva Duncan, 10 years
Leon White, 10 years
Danielle Wisely, 10 years
Michele Ziolkowski, 5 years


St. Lawrence Parish
Kate Alderman, 5 years
Kristy Johnson, 5 years


St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Terry Vacca, 10 years
Kari Fraley, 5 years
Angie Goode, 5 years
Chelsea Pluester, 5 years
Tera Pohlman, 5 years


St. Paul Parish
Barb Bellm, 5 years
Clara Rutz, 5 years


Holy Family Parish
Dale Hughes, 10 years
Bill Borklund, 5 years
Cindy Borklund, 5 years


St. Mary Parish
Allison Medsker, 15 years


Mother of Perpetual Help Parish
Pam Lauber, 10 years
Melanie Heinle, 5 years


St. Patrick Parish
Kayla Duez, 10 years


Immaculate Conception Parish
Pat Kalous, 45 years
Candace Luitjohan, 5 years
Bill Trickey, 5 years


St. Francis Solanus Parish
Anna Keithley, 5 years


St. Elizabeth Parish/Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Lori Davis, 5 years


Immaculate Conception Parish
Kathy Clark, 40 years
Cherise Cruit, 20 years
Glenda Durbin, 15 years
Teresa Whalen, 10 years


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Daphne Southern, 20 years
Jane Fornoff, 15 years
Matthew Southern, 15 years
Patty Miller, 5 years
Ramona Von Berg, 5 years

Christ the King Parish
Savannah Skonberg, 5 years


St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Sue Esker, 20 years
Dan Niemerg, 20 years
Mary Lou Gier, 15 years
Jacob Pruemer, 10 years


Mother of Dolors Parish
Cheryl Sasse, 35 years
Becky Bauerle, 30 years
Jackie DuPlayee, 30 years
Sidney File, 30 years
Tim Daiber, 15 years
Jascha Nestrick, 10 years



St. Mary School
Erica White, 15 years
Andrea Leach, 10 years

Ss. Peter and Paul School
Teresa (Teri) Lyons, 40 years


St. Mary School
Maureen Tepen, 24 years
Karen Kinder, 18 years


Ss. Peter and Paul School
Barb Plocher, 30 years
Julie Scheller, 20 years
Julie Buehler, 15 years
Bryan Winterbottom, 10 years


St. Patrick School
MaryBeth Mumaw, 45 years
Julie Hettinger, 35 years
Kathy McIntyre, 20 years
Lara Vespa, 20 years
Karen Moore, 15 years
Jan Sweet, 15 years

St. Teresa High School
Todd Vohland, 20 years
Heather McKay, 15 years
Moldisa Gurley, 5 years
Don Steers, 5 years


St. Boniface Catholic School
Maria Wilson, 25 years


St. Anthony of Padua Grade School
Donna Dust, 25 years
Marsha Rubsam, 20 years
Natalie Bohnhoff, 5 years
Kim Hustedde, 5 years

Glen Carbon

Father McGivney Catholic High School
Myriam Lambiotte, 5 years
Alyssa Spa, 5 years
Tim Vance, 5 years


St. Ambrose Catholic School
Jennifer Baird, 15 years
Lisa Jacobs, 5 years
Abby Wielgus, 5 years

Granite City

Holy Family School
Rosalie Ohlson, 30 years
Margaret Pennell, 30 years
Cindy Reber, 25 years
Amanda Atkins, 20 years
Laura Jackstadt, 10 years

St. Elizabeth School
Renee Ratkewicz, 25 years
AnnMarie Boyd, 15 years


St. Paul Catholic School
Staci LaPorta, 15 years
Shelly Litzenburg, 15 years
Tiffany Abert, 5 years


Our Saviour School
Paitra Gibson, 5 years
Polly Jones, 5 years

Mt. Sterling

St. Mary School
Mary Weronko, 20 years
Amy Johnson, 10 years
Jenni Obert, 5 years


St. Thomas the Apostle School
Janet Vahling, 20 years
Jill Bierman, 5 years
Brittany Schreifels, 5 years


Sacred Heart School
Debbie Holthaus, 20 years
Susan Weddle, 15 years


Quincy Notre Dame High School
Mark Longo, 30 years
Susan Schmitz, 30 years
Bob Sheffield, 20 years
Monica Scholz, 10 years
David Damm, 5 years
Nathan Koetters, 5 years
Bill Schlegl, 5 years
Kathryn Untiedt, 5 years
St. Dominic School
Donna Richmiller, 35 years
Meg Benner, 20 years

St. Francis Solanus School
Lori Shepard, 40 years

St. Peter School
Becky McCutchen, 25 years
Cindy Venvertloh, 25 years
Carmen Griffith, 15 years
Maggie Erd, 10 years


Blessed Sacrament School
Angela Alan, 10 years
Daniel Manfredo, 10 years
Morgan Ambrose, 5 years

Christ the King School
Donna Schroeder, 30 years
Mary Harmon, 15 years
Pam Fahey, 5 years
Kate Large, 5 years

Sacred Heart-Griffin High School
Tom Lavin, 50 years
Ken Leonard, 35 years
Robert Watts, 15 years
Doug Martin, 5 years
Carol Squires, 5 years
Ginger Troyer, 5 years

St. Agnes School
Karen Cummins, 20 years
Rita Stuewe, 20 years
Kathi Keane, 15 years
Tammy Carter, 5 years
Kate West, 5 years

St. Aloysius School
Kristie Tolliver, 15 years
Molly Murphy, 10 years
Adam Mrozowski, 5 years

St. Patrick Catholic School
Teresa Gladson, 5 years

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