CHARLESTON — Deacons play an integral part in the life of our church. Whether it’s weddings, baptisms, reflecting on the Sunday readings, or providing spiritual advice and encouragement, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is blessed to have 56 permanent deacons ministering to the faithful.
These men are raising children, working full-time jobs, and staying present to their wives, all while serving the church. It can be a challenging lifestyle, but one every deacon says is rewarding and joyful.
PEORIA ― A little more than a week after the mortal remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were transferred from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, on July 6, Pope Francis formally approved a miracle attributable to Archbishop Sheen’s intercession, paving the way for Archbishop Sheen’s Beatification, which will grant him the new title of “Blessed.”
An eight-week crash course in learning the Italian language. That’s what seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome go through before they start attending classes in the “Eternal City.” Those classes are taught in Italian. While it is a daunting task to learn a new language in a new city so quickly, for seminarians from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, it’s worth the stress to be chosen to study among the saints in Rome.
For Quincy native Father Peter Harman, there are plenty of perks of living full-time in Rome: the food, culture, history, and architecture for starters. Then, there is living within a five-minute walk of St. Peter’s Basilica, not to mention living among the saints, in the heart of the church universal. That said, there is still no place like home.
The ceiling of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield is inspired from the ceiling of St. Mary Major in Rome, a papal basilica that houses a spectacular and large piece of the Holy Crib, where Jesus lay after his birth in Bethlehem.
Ashley (Puglia) Noronha’s mantra is to live in the present and to simply follow God’s plan. Little did she know, that plan was for a world-wide adventure. After attending Springfield’s Christ the King School and graduating from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in 1992, she went off to the University of Dayton in Ohio. While working in the world of marketing in Milwaukee after college, she received a master’s in theology.
Springfield — As part of Religious Freedom Week (June 22-30), the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting Denise Burke, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, to discuss the issue of religious freedom, current attacks on this fundamental right, how people can fight back, and victories in the courts.
Rome – Father Augustine Tolton of Quincy, the nation’s first black priest and once a slave, was proclaimed “Venerable” by Pope Francis, making Father Tolton one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
Now that Father Tolton has been declared Venerable, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is exploring having a shrine to honor Venerable Father Tolton. One possible location could be the now-closed St. Boniface Church in Quincy. An announcement on that could come later this year.
CALHOUN COUNTY — Getting around Calhoun County, must less the region, has been a lesson in patience for the residents there, as flood waters have wreaked havoc on several communities along the Illinois River. For weeks, there has been one way in and one way out, by car. A drive from Hardin to Alton usually takes less than an hour. Now, it takes three to four with the Joe Page Bridge in Hardin closed. During the Great Flood of 1993, it took four months for that bridge to reopen.
Boys and girls ages 7 through 17 interested in beefing up their hockey skills and boosting their spiritual lives at the same time are encouraged to register for the Catholic Hockey Camp, coming to the Nelson Center in Springfield June 17-19.
Players will learn hockey skills, techniques, strategy and receive leadership development from several experts in the sport, including Christopher and Richard Gomez, brothers who played on the University of Illinois Illini club hockey team and Tim Healy, who played college hockey at St. Norbert College. Off-ice activities include daily Mass, faith and motivational talks, eucharistic adoration, opportunities for confession, and daily rosary walks.