For 25 years, celebrating the Christmas season with the “Official City Ornament” has been a beloved Springfield holiday tradition for both current and former Springfield residents. Moreover, from Ossie Langfelder to Jim Langfelder, each Springfield mayor has participated in the unveiling of the annual ornament which is a fundraising project to support St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield.
Now, in honor of Lincoln Land Community College’s 50th anniversary, the 2017 ornament celebrates a half-century of community college education.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Bernice Curtin died Nov. 26 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Taylorville, in 1932, and named Martha Eileen by her parents, Henry and Helen Marie Spressor Curtin. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.
SANTAREM, BRAZIL — Father Maurus Hawickhorst, OFM, died Nov. 12 at the friary of San Francisco in Santarem, Brazil, South America. He was 86 years old.
Father Maurus (Frank) was born July 10, 1931 in Teutopolis, the son of Albert and Mary Hawickhorst. He was ordained a priest in June 1958 and left in November 1959 for the mission in the Amazon Valley of Brazil, South America.
Sister M. Francis Kuo, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Oct. 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 97 years old.
Sister Francis, the former Mary Kuo, was born in Beijing, China on Jan. 12, 1920, the daughter of Joseph Kuo and Ann Shon. She entered the congregation on March 25, 1944 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 17, 1947 in Tsinan, China. Sister Francis had to leave her homeland in 1948 when the Communist threat became serious. She and the other sisters traveled to Springfield, leaving behind their ministry to the sick and poor in their hospitals and clinics.
Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU, formerly known as Mother Mary Julian, died on Nov. 13. She was 98 years old.
She was born in Glendale, Mo., on May 26, 1919, daughter of Frederick William and Elsie Louise Boehm Schmitz. She entered the Ursuline Order in 1939, and professed her vows on July 16, 1941.
Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop.
Advent: Time to figure out which Commandments I’ve been breaking and squeeze in confession before Christmas.
Is that the message of today’s readings?
Sure, that’s part of it. But primarily an announcement is being made. God is going to do something!
Mary Susan “Sue” Eck Morris passed away on Oct. 5. She was born in Springfield on July 8, 1937, the daughter of Albert and C. Olive Pfeffer Eck, and sister of Al (Nancy), John (Linda), and Sara (Jim, deceased) O’Rourke. She attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Sacred Heart Academy in Springfield.
When she was a senior in high school, she met Jim Morris, who attended the University of Notre Dame. She enrolled at St. Mary’s College for their equestrian and chemistry programs. The couple dated throughout college and wed at Blessed Sacrament Church, Springfield in 1958.
ST. LOUIS — More than 350 guests were in attendence Oct. 19 to see Father Jeffrey Goeckner, pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville, named a “great preacher” by Aquinas Institute of Theology.
The 23rd Annual Great Preacher Award dinner recognized Father Goeckner and St. Louis area priest, Father Edward Stanger of suburban Ballwin, Mo.
EUREKA, Mo. — Sister Darlene (Margherita) Fulgenzi, OSU, died peacefully at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo., on Oct. 11. The daughter of Adolfo and Margaret Daniele Fulgenzi, she was born on Feb. 28, 1938 in Springfield.
Sister Darlene attended St. Joseph’s School in Springfield and Ursuline Academy in Springfield, graduating in 1956. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1956 and professed her vows in January 1959. She earned her bachelor’s degree in classical languages from the College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and her master’s degree in Latin from St. Louis University. She also studied Scripture and spirituality at the Ursuline Generalate in Rome, Italy during her tertian year of spiritual renewal in 1977-1978.