Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop
Would it be OK to take my high school age grandkids to the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky?
— Stan in Liberty
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.
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.
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.
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?
What is for sure is that people throughout history have wanted to believe they exist. Why? Perhaps because the existence of ghosts would seem to affirm our belief in the immortality of the soul.
While neither the Code of Canon Law nor any ecumenical council has made any official statement about ghosts — which is simply a German word for spirit — the modern Catholic Dictionary tells us a ghost is a disembodied spirit, and that God may and sometimes does permit a departed soul to appear in some form to people on earth. Their purpose among us may be to assure us of their safety or most importantly, to ask for our prayers.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Francene Harbauer died Oct. 9, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born in Springfield in 1931 to Frank and Ella (Keeley) Harbauer, who named her Nancy Ann. In 1951 she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
The last 25 years (1989-2014) of Sister M. Francene’s 63 years of ministry were devoted to Rosary High School in Aurora, where she served as principal and then as director of advancement. During her earlier years of ministry (1951-1985), she was a principal and/or a teacher in Catholic parish elementary schools. In Illinois these included St. Paul, Odell; St. Edward, Chicago; St. Kevin, East Alton; St. Malachy, Rantoul; St. Thomas More, Elgin; and Little Flower, Springfield. From 1985-1989 she was principal at Sacred Heart School in San Diego, Calif.
Sister Anna Clara Rick, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Oct. 11 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 90.
Sister Anna Clara was born in Valmeyer, on Jan. 28, 1929, the daughter of Vincent and Clara Marquardt Rick. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1946 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1948.