On Jan. 14, Andrew Hansen joined the Curia staff for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois as director of Communications — and is also now editor of Catholic Times. Hansen replaced Marlene Mulford and Scott Mulford, who retired on Dec. 31, 2018 as director of Communications and as editor of Catholic Times, respectively.
The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering four $500 scholarships to recognize outstanding Catholic female high school seniors. Applicants will be judged on how they exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service.
Young women who are interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their high school principal, high school guidance office or parish office for applications. The application, essay and two letters of recommendations are required. The application deadline is March 30.
Sister Ann (Elizabeth Frances) Connolly, ASC, died on Jan. 12 at the Ruma Center in Ruma. She was 91 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 72 years.
Sister Ann was born on May 15, 1927 in Assumption. She was the only child of the late Ernest and Catherine (Shannon) Connolly. Sister Ann made her first vows on July 1, 1946 and her final vows on July 1, 1951.
ALTON — “A colored child born April 1, 1854, son of Peter Tolton and Martha Chisley, property of Stephen Elliott.” Those were the words written in the baptismal record for Father Augustus Tolton. Born a slave in Brush Creek, Mo., he grew up to become the first African-American Catholic priest. He bore the insults of racial prejudice, and even after his ordination suffered the jealousies of religious leaders, both Catholic and Protestant, who saw him as a threat to their congregations.
ST. LOUIS — A memorial Mass was celebrated on Dec. 29, 2018, for Sister Colette Jokerst, OSU, who died peacefully on Dec. 22. She was a resident of St. Andrews at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo., at the time of her death. Sister Colette served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for 30 years.
The daughter of Joseph and Josephine Huber Jokerst, she was born on March 7, 1927, in Crystal City, Mo. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1946 and professed her vows in January 1949.
QUINCY — Principal Mark McDowell is pleased to announce that 21 students from the Quincy Notre Dame graduating class of 2019 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.QUINCY — Principal Mark McDowell is pleased to announce that 21 students from the Quincy Notre Dame graduating class of 2019 have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized more than 21,000 outstanding honorees from across the state as this year’s State Scholars.
GLEN CARBON ― Father McGivney Catholic High School is proud to announce that seven of its seniors were named Illinois State Scholars. Seniors Aaron Boulanger, Nathan Dammerich, Katherine Deakos, Emma Deist, Zachary Hellickson, Jacob McCreary and Agnes Pointer have all been named Illinois State Scholars. In November of each year, Illinois State Assistance Commission, or ISAC, announces the State Scholar finalists. GLEN CARBON ― Father McGivney Catholic High School is proud to announce that seven of its seniors were named Illinois State Scholars. Seniors Aaron Boulanger, Nathan Dammerich, Katherine Deakos, Emma Deist, Zachary Hellickson, Jacob McCreary and Agnes Pointer have all been named Illinois State Scholars. In November of each year, Illinois State Assistance Commission, or ISAC, announces the State Scholar finalists.
MILWAUKEE — School Sister of St. Francis Dorothy Petit, who lived her religious vocation as a homemaker and nurse for more than 60 years, died Nov. 29 at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee. She was 81 years old.
Sister Dorothy was born April 21, 1937, in Chicago. She was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis on June 13, 1955, made her first profession of vows in 1957, and final (perpetual) vows in 1963.
LITCHFIELD ― Jim Timpe has been selected to serve as the new president and CEO at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. He started in this new role Dec. 11.
Timpe joined St. Francis from HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield where he most recently served as the director of imaging services, rehabilitation services, sleep and neuro-diagnostics. He had been in that role since 2011.
The Office for Vocations of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will host a “Thinking of Priesthood” day for men, ages 18-30 on Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Springfield.
“Seniors in high school are also welcome and encouraged to attend,” said seminarian Zachary Samples who is assisting in organizing the event.