Thirty miles walking. One day. From Brush Creek in Missouri to Quincy in Illinois. Six students from Quincy University (QU). All friends. A pilgrimage walk to honor the nation’s first black priest, Venerable Father Augustine Tolton.
Pro-life advocates in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and across the state are celebrating their hard work of prayer, calling the offices of state lawmakers, and speaking with state lawmakers after the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would have repealed Illinois’ Parental Notification of Abortion law. Lawmakers adjourned May 31 after they wrapped up the spring legislative session.
GIRARD — It was a sun splashed afternoon, a perfect and hopeful sign for the Dominican nuns of the Monastery of Mary the Queen. The community welcomed Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to the site of what will become their new monastery in Girard in Macoupin County to bless the property and project back in March. It has taken more than six years of praying, waiting, and trusting for the Dominican nuns to get to this joyful day. Once the monastery is complete, which is hoped to be by the end of this year, it will be the only Dominican monastery in Illinois.
In this edition of Catholic Times, we feature several Catholic school teachers from across the diocese who retired at the end of this school year. These teachers spent decades shaping minds and building disciples. They built up the Kingdom of God in our diocese and joyfully lived out our faith in their classrooms. We also list those who retired and how many years they taught children in service of the church both in our Catholic schools and at Parish Schools of Religion (PSR).
In the last edition of Catholic Times, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced that the temporary general delegation for pastors to celebrate confirmations and first holy Communions in the parish will stop in July and those sacraments going forward will then take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield (except for those parishes whose pastor has requested special delegation to complete the confirmation of children in fourth grade and older by Dec. 31, 2021). The diocese received both positive and negative reaction to this announcement. Most negative comments focused on that sacraments should be celebrated at their home parish. Others were upset over the prospect of what can already be a stressful day and then having to get a family prepared for and then making a one-to-two-hour drive. For those who are frustrated and or angered by this decision, we offer the following thoughts from several parents of several children who all live more than 75 miles away from the Cathedral. We hope these reactions make you think about how you will prepare and talk to your children in preparation for this sacred event.
After graduating from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., Sullivan (Moultrie County) native Meredith Vogel (Murphy) spent a year working as an assistant to a speech-language pathologist in the public school system in South Bend. A young boy, named Benjamin, attended the school there. Vogel serviced his classroom.
Three students from across the diocese were the top three vote-getters in the national Valentine’s Day Coloring Book Contest, organized by the Catholic War Veterans of the United States.
In February, Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveiled his budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, proposing a cut to the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship program that allows low-income and working-class students to receive scholarships to Catholic and other nonpublic schools.
We asked everyone from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois what Catholic teacher in our schools is making a big difference in the classroom? What teacher goes above and beyond, someone whose impact is deep and personal? What teacher authentically lives out what it means to be Catholic and instills our faith into his or her students? What teacher embodies St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded Catholic schools in the United States?
Identical pieces of legislation pending at the Illinois statehouse would help protect human traffickers while simultaneously harming victims of rape, incest, or other sexual violence. The legislation would repeal the Parental Notification Act, an Illinois law that requires a parent or legal guardian to be notified when a minor under the age of 18 seeks an abortion (the law now is only for notification, not parental consent).