RUMA — Sister Marciana Heimann, ASC, died April 20 at the Ruma Center in Ruma.
She was born on March 1, 1928, the second of four children of Herman and Rosa (Richter) Heimann of New Baden. She was 90 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 71 years.
MATTOON — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has given the go ahead for St. Mary School in Mattoon to close at the end of the current school year.
Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop
Friends of St. Joseph’s Home filled the Crowne Plaza ballroom in Springfield recently in a show of support of the home’s Continuing Care Fund, used by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception to provide financial support to long-term residents who sometimes outlive their own, ergo “Forget-me-not.”
Established in 1903, St. Joseph’s is the largest ministry of the Peoria-based religious order and continues uninterrupted as seven sisters in residence provide leadership and inspiration to more than 80 residents in sheltered, intermediate and memory care. The sisters provide spiritual counseling and individualized care in a respectful environment that supports each resident’s beliefs while reflecting the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
Father Ronald Trojcak passed away peacefully on April 4 in London, Ontario, Canada. He was surrounded by his loving friends and caretakers. The son of Michael Trojcak and Rita Falk Trojcak, Father Trojcak was born in Taylorville on Aug. 21, 1935.
As a teenager, Father Trojcak entered the University of Illinois where he studied music from 1952 to 1955 — and his love for music continued throughout his life. He then entered the seminary at Notre Dame and moved to St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein in 1955. Following his ordination on May 26, 1962 by Bishop William A. O’Connor he served at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Effingham from 1962 to 1965, then at St. Patrick Parish in Decatur from 1965 to 1968. In Decatur, he became deeply involved in social justice issues and civil rights.
Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of May 13 and 20.
Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese.
Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of May 27 and June 3.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named nine new members, including Teresa M. Kettelkamp of Cathedral Parish in Springfield, to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Kettelkamp is a retired Illinois State Police colonel and former executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.
Citing low enrollment and continued debt, Cathedral School officials in Springfield announced that the school will close at the conclusion of the current academic year.
“Coming to this decision has been extremely difficult and painful,” said Father Christopher House, pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish. “I have said in each State of the Parish address since becoming pastor in August 2014, that the parish has been in a state of deficit spending since at least 2011. In spite of budget cuts and reduction in staff, this trend has not been broken.”