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Diane Schlindwein

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be coming to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois next month. It will travel around the diocese from Tuesday, April 10 through Monday, April 30, said Emma Brandon of Springfield, who helped secure the statue's presence.

Sunday, 11 March 2012 11:17

Called and chosen

Bishop Paprocki welcomes elect, candidates to journey through Lent to Easter Vigil

RCIA-bishop-signingAs is the norm the first weekend of Lent, catechumens and candidates attended the Rite of Election of Catechumens and of the Call to Continuing Conversion of Baptized Candidates at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26.

Karen-Siciliano-coIt's taken prayer and decades of discernment, but Karen Siciliano of St. Joseph Parish in Springfield finally feels she's found her calling as a member of the Company of St. Ursula.

p3-40-days-for-life-coFor the second year in a row, Springfield Right to Life and the Diocesan Office for Social Concerns is sponsoring a 40 Days for Life campaign outside of Planned Parenthood in Springfield. The campaign will run from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22 to Palm Sunday, April 1.

Video-8-0-00-31-07-2ALTON — Even though the school year doesn't normally coincide with the usual Illinois growing season, fourth-graders at Ss. Peter and Paul School in Alton still learn about agriculture from autumn to spring.

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., are celebrating their 100th anniversary as a community this year. However, closer to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, the Ursuline Sisters of Belleville merged with the Sisters of Mount St. Joseph in 2005. One of those women, Sister Mary Ellen Backes, OSU, is a pastoral assistant at St. Joseph Parish in Springfield.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be leading a Legal Conference Day of Reflection at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The conference will be held in the Atrium of the cathedral at 524 E. Lawrence Ave., in Springfield and will include lunch.

Springfield resident in training to head national Catholic women's group

Rebecca-Woodhull-NCCW-pres-electSpringfield resident Rebecca Woodhull was recently installed as the president-elect of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) at their ChIicago convention. She will serve in that capacity until September 2013, when she will be installed and serve as president for two years. Finally, she will serve two more years after that as past-president.

LIFE-Runners-IMG 2578The National LIFE (Living in Faith Exchange) Runners pro-life group not only has a new Springfield Chapter, but Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is the 2012 national chaplain.

st-mary brussel morningafter-1 4326BRUSSELS — Historic Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church at 111 East Main St. in Brussels was destroyed by a fire that began Christmas Eve night, bringing great sadness to a town that has always cherished the nearly 150-year-old building. Point Fire Protection District Chief Don Seiferman said investigators believe the fire was started because of an electrical problem.

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