On June 15, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated a Mass for parents of priests at Christ the King Parish in Springfield. Approximately 20 priests were at the church to concelebrate with Bishop Paprocki, while their parents were in the pews. Parents drove to Springfield from all parts of the diocese — and some came even more of a distance. Paul and Jan Zawadzki, parents of Father Adam Zawadzki, parochial vicar at Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville, came from Westfield, Ind.
Bishop Paprocki said he hopes the Mass, which last happened before COVID, will be celebrated annually. He said the Mass was a celebration thanking God for the gift of love in our families. God’s love is passed on to us through our parents, he said in his homily. “We first know God’s love through our parents.” He also mentioned the significance of this Year of St. Joseph, because of course it was St. Joseph who lovingly cared for Mary and for Jesus as he grew up.
The Mass gives parents the opportunity to celebrate with their sons. It also gives parents — many who came to know one another when their sons were in the seminary — the ability to worship together and visit, he said. His sentiments were evident as parents of priests who had not seen one another in a while embraced and laughed together.
The program provided at the Mass said it celebrated and gave thanks to all parents of our priests and in a special way those who have gone before us into Eternity. Listed were parents who have passed away over the past few years, including Veronica Paprocki, Edward Bonk, Donna Bergbower, Evelyn Ring, Duane Haag, Pius Onyejiaju Chineke, Raymond “Bud” Probst, and Jerry Smith.
Tom and Elaine Arisman, members of St. Agnes Parish in Springfield, were at the Mass for their son Steve Arisman, who is pastor of St. Francis Solanus Parish in Quincy. They said they are blessed to have their youngest son enjoying his life as a priest.
Mark and Stephanie Rankin from St. Rose of Lima Parish in Quincy took part in the Mass, where their son Father Dominic Rankin was Master of Ceremonies. They are parents of two children who entered religious life: Father Dominic and his twin sister, Sister Mary Thomas of the Holy Name of Jesus, OP. Mark Rankin said they were born prematurely (28 ½ weeks) and many, many people prayed for them to be healthy and live a good life. He credits his wife’s prayers, in particular, for his children’s religious vocations.
“It was the Lord’s work,” Stephanie Rankin said. “He had a plan for them from the very beginning.”
Elaine Arisman said she is especially uplifted by the number of new priests who are bringing their enthusiastic faith and leadership to the Springfield diocese. “I am so proud of this younger group of guys,” she said. “They really are a dynamic group. They are wonderful and supportive friends to one another. It’s a wonderful thing to witness!”
On Saturday, June 12, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained Father Christopher A. Trummer to the diocesan priesthood during Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
At his ordination at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on June 12, Father Christopher Trummer looked back at his more than seven years in seminary, particularly last year. That’s when COVID-19 resulted in the change of the original date of his ordination to the transitional diaconate — and that meant he was the only deacon ordained during a Mass when six men, including his brother, were ordained priests. Now, he has had his turn to be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Growing up in the small town of Neoga at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, brothers Christopher and Michael Trummer never dreamed that one day they would both be priests for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Father Chris Trummer, 30, says he thought about it briefly when he was in fourth grade, but Father Michael Trummer, 29, says until he was in college, the priesthood was never on his radar.
As the school year winds down, two Catholic school principals for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are getting ready to hand over the reins to new leaders. Mike Slaughter is retiring from Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, while Diane Wepking is bidding farewell to St. Mary School in Edwardsville. Together they have contributed approximately 80 years of service to Catholic education.
Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious sisters, brothers and priests who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating significant Jubilees in 2021. The following biographies were compiled from information submitted for publication by religious orders.These women and men deserve our respect, prayers, and thanks for selflessly and courageously answering God’s call to serve others. Read on to see if you recognize a person who made a real difference in your life or in the life of someone you know.
On Wednesday, May 5 priests from around the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will gather at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield for a day of celebration. That day they will hear from presenter Bishop Ronald Hicks of Joliet, participate in Evening Prayer, a dinner and then, along with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, will honor two priests who are celebrating a special Jubilee this year. Being recognized this year are Father James Neuman, who will be celebrating 50 years as a priest, and Father Christopher Comerford, who will be celebrating his 25-year Jubilee.
On Friday of Easter Week, April 9, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained two seminarians to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The ordinations of Deacon Zach Samples and Deacon Paul Lesupati took place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
PETERSBURG — With four young biological children to raise, St. Peter parishioners Jesse and Monique Sullivan lead busy lives, yet for the past 18 months they have welcomed foster children into their love-filled household.