Michael Hoerner

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are many issues pertaining to justice and mercy in relation to doctrine, canon law and pastoral practices regarding marriage and divorce that have arisen, said Bishop Paprocki, from two documents issued by Pope Francis: first, his Apostolic Letter, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, by which the canons of the Code of Canon Law pertaining to cases regarding the nullity of marriage were reformed, effective Dec. 8, 2015; second, his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitae, on love in the family, issued March 19, 2016.


Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on May 7 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 77 years old.

Sister Mary Jo was born in Quincy on April 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Frances Wilde Schulte. She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1958 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 8, 1961.

Women seeking no cost pregnancy testing and ultrasound, or low cost limited sexually-transmitted disease (STD) testing can now receive those services through a mobile medical unit (MMU), driven and parked around Springfield by First Step Women’s Center. A registered nurse sonographer is available to serve women, with no appointment required.

Sixteen are residents of the diocese; long-time director honored

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield welcomed 28 new associates — and expressed gratitude to Sister Paul Mary Janssens, OP, who is leaving leadership of the program after 11 years of service — during Mass at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on May 7. Sixteen associates are residents of the diocese. They hail from Springfield, Bluffs, Auburn, Jacksonville, Illiopolis and Pana. Other new associates are from around Illinois and Jackson, Miss., where the Dominican Sisters sponsor St. Dominic Health Services.

EDWARDSVILLE — “The Mass was a huge success!” reports Kelly Bonk in describing the first ever Mass in memory of miscarried babies on April 19.

“The numbers really surprised us,” said Bonk. “We had hoped to remember 10 babies and were shocked when we receieved the names of 60 to remember with candles and prayer cards.”

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki proclaimed May 20 as a “successful first session of our fourth diocesan synod.”

More than 220 parish delegates to the synod began the day in prayer with Bishop Paprocki. In his homily, Bishop Paprocki made clear who presents the major hurdle facing the synod.

“ … the evil one will try to prevent us from achieving our spiritual goals and growing in God’s grace. He will do this in subtle ways, not with a frontal assault, but through apathy, discouragement and fear.” The entire homily is available on the diocesan website www.dio.org and then click on Bishop Paprocki’s Homilies and Speeches.

Sunday, 28 May 2017 11:47

Official Appointments

Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop


Deacon Gregory W. Parquette is appointed to assist the pastor of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Springfield, from assisting the pastor of Little Flower Parish, Springfield, effective July 1, 2017.

Deacon David G. Sorrell is appointed to assist the pastor of Little Flower Parish, Springfield, from assisting the pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, Sherman, while retaining his duties as Associate Director for the Office for the Diaconate of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, effective July 1, 2017.

Concluding Appointment

Deacon Robert F. Crosby concludes his diaconal duties at St. Elizabeth Parish, Marine, while retaining his diaconal duties at St. Jerome Parish, Troy, and at St. James Parish, St. Jacob, effective July 1, 2017.

Deacon Joseph A. Emmerich concludes his diaconal duties at Sacred Heart Parish, Effingham, while retaining his diaconal duties at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Effingham, and at Annunciation Parish, Shumway, effective July 1, 2017.

Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on April 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 101 years old.

Sister Miriam Joseph, the former Kathryn Leona Bardot, was born in Luebbering, Mo., on March 17, 1916, the daughter of August and Cecilia Barband Bardot. She entered the congregation on Feb. 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1939.

The sixth annual Our Lady of Good Counsel Women of Distinction Award and Luncheon will be held Saturday, June 17, beginning with 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

The event is hosted by the Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW). Each parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is asked to select a “Woman of Distinction” to be recognized by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki during Mass. Following the Mass a recognition luncheon for honorees, family members, friends and parish priests will be held at the Sangamon Prairie Reception Center in Chatham.

EFFINGHAM — HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s Wound Healing Center has again been recognized nationally with two awards for its clinical excellence and patient satisfaction. The awards were presented by Healogics, the largest provider of advanced wound care services.

The Center recently received the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D. Center of Excellence Award, for meeting the highest quality standards for the sixth year in a row. The award is named for Warriner, a pioneer in wound care and the former chief medical officer for Healogics.

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