Michael Hoerner

Aaron Puchbauer assumes the position of president and chief executive officer of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville on May 15. Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) announced his appointment last month.

“It has long been a goal of mine to serve in a rural hospital,” Puchbauer said. “I deeply believe in the faith-based mission of HSHS and look forward to the opportunity of serving at Good Shepherd Hospital.”

Acting on Pope Francis’ declaration of the Year of Mercy, the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province have been collecting funds to dig wells in Africa.  Remembering that one of the corporal works of mercy is to “give drink to the thirsty,” the friars decided to provide wells in areas where the Franciscans are serving, specifically in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in South Sudan.

CHICAGO — The head of the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops lamented Illinois House passage of legislation authorizing the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees.

Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, criticized lawmakers for turning a moral argument into campaign fodder. “Elected representatives today chose raw politics over the innocent lives of the unborn,” Gilligan said.

At the end of each school year, educators and catechists in parish schools and religious education programs in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special service anniversaries.

Honorees for 2016-2017 receive a certificate. The catechist certificates are signed by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Christine Malmevik, director of the Office for Catechesis. Educator certificates are signed by Bishop Paprocki and Brandi Borries, superintendent for Catholic Schools. One-hundred thirty-nine certificates were issued.

“We appreciate and congratulate these dedicated catechists and teachers for their ministry of discipleship formation,” said Borries and Malmevik, in a joint statement. “We pray for God’s blessing on them always.”

Sunday, 14 May 2017 14:37

Official Appointments

Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop

Friday, 12 May 2017 14:28

How has God been revealed to you?

I was 19 when my cousin came to live with my family. He was just out of the Marines. He was not doing very well and was lost in many ways. When we were children we had been close, but it had been a few years since we had seen each other, and trying to re-establish our friendship was hard. To complicate things, my faith was becoming very important to me, and he rarely darkened the door of a church.

Father Roy Bauer, 83, a long-time priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, died late in the evening on April 21, in Blessing Hospital.

Father Bauer was born in Quincy on March 27, 1934, the son of Albert and Irene (Hummel) Bauer. As a child, he attended St Francis Grade School.

Father McGivney Catholic High School (FMCHS) has named Joe Lombardi as new principal effective July 1, 2017.

Lombardi, a resident of Edwardsville, is currently a coach and chair of the science department at Belleville West High School where he has taught for the past 18 years.

Dr. Robert Gervasi, president of Quincy University, is leaving at the end of the academic year to become president of Ohio Dominican University in Columbus.

During his tenure at Quincy, Gervasi has helped to raise significant funds for the university by connecting both alumni and community members to the campus.

I once served on a parish committee that was tasked with developing a comprehensive design for the interior of our new sanctuary. The idea was to plan the entire decor so that all the artistic elements combined — stained glass, statuary, wall decoration, crucifix — would create a meaningful space to enhance worship.


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