Sunday, 29 April 2018 14:14

Bishop Paprocki, priests to gather for annual Jubilee Day

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Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will join Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for the annual Priests Jubilee Day on Tuesday, May 8 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield.Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will join Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for the annual Priests Jubilee Day on Tuesday, May 8 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield.

Bishop Kevin Vann, a priest of the Springfield diocese who was consecrated a bishop on July 13, 2005, will give two talks to the priests, says Father Tom Meyer, who has been coordinating the day. “We are asking him to speak anecdotally on his experiences as a bishop. (He was Bishop of Fort Worth from 2005-2012 and since then has been Bishop of Orange.) And we are also asking him to give one talk on Intentional Presbyterates,” says Father Meyer.

Following Bishop Vann’s talk, the priests will have Evening Prayer together, followed by a social hour and a dinner. “After dinner, Bishop Paprocki will invite each of the Jubilarians to give a very brief reflection to all of the priests in attendance on their life as a priest,” Father Meyer says.

The silver Jubilarian this year is Father Thomas Hagstrom. The golden Jubilarian is Father George Radosevich. Celebrating 60 years in 2018 are Bishop Victor Balke, Father Thomas Gallenbach, Msgr. David Peters and Father John Sohm.