Diocesan Life Articles

  • Encountering Jesus at SEEK Conference

    Encountering Jesus at SEEK Conference The SEEK Conference, held in Indianapolis from Jan. 3-7, was all about encountering something more. It was about encountering Jesus. The conference was hosted by FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and offered so many amazing opportunities for college-aged Catholics. Every day included Mass, dynamic speakers, the opportunity for adoration and confession, and exploring the church deeper through many different vendors.   Read More
  • Sanctity of life is universal argument for a safe environment

    When I worked in Rome for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Commission received permission from the Holy Father to have episcopal conferences celebrate a National Day of Prayer for the victims/survivors of sexual abuse. Upon sharing this powerful healing opportunity, some responded saying the problem of sexual abuse did not exist in their country and having such a day of prayer would cause shame. Since sexual abuse exists everywhere, in every corner of the world, with the rich, the poor, the highly educated, the illiterate, the young and old alike, I personally felt a strong argument Read More
  • SDCCW to hold Lenten retreat

    What is your Passion? All women are invited to attend the 2019 Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Lenten retreat April 2-3 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield. Presenters at the retreat are Father Michael Friedel, spiritual advisor of SDCCW and parochial vicar at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and Marlene Mulford, retired director of Communications for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and spiritual director to women. Read More
  • HSHS at 40

    HSHS at 40 Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is commemorating the 40th anniversary of its incorporation, which took place on Dec. 26, 1978. Recently, a celebration was held at the System Services Center in Springfield, to recognize the vision and leadership of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and the historic milestone.Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is commemorating the 40th anniversary of its incorporation, which took place on Dec. 26, 1978. Recently, a celebration was held at the System Services Center in Springfield, to recognize the vision and leadership of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and the historic milestone.   Read More
  • Praying for the unborn during these 40 days

    Lent is meant to be a time of prayer and penance and for many members of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois this Lent will also be a time to use those 40 days to stand up for life.   Read More
  • Community proves what prayer can accomplish

    In Effingham, a 40-Day Prayer Campaign for Life has already seen great success. The campaign, originally co-lead by Loretta Koester (who was 86 years old at the time) and Valerie Kemme, was begun in January 2012. Since Koester’s death two years ago, Kemme has been the sole leader for the campaign. “Loretta passed away at the age of 91, but she co-led the campaign even in the months before she passed away,” says Kemme. “What an example of fortitude!” Read More
  • Hicks named new leader of HSHS St. Mary’s

    Hicks named new leader of HSHS St. Mary’s Michael Hicks has been named president and CEO of HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. He will begin serving in his role on April 1. Hicks comes to St. Mary’s after spending more than two decades with UChicago Medicine: Ingalls Memorial, a non-for-profit in the Chicago area. He most recently served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer. Hicks is a hospital executive with a proven track record in inpatient, outpatient and service line development. The first several years in his career were spent working in the healthcare sales field. Read More
  • Sager to lead HSHS Holy Family Hospital

    Sager to lead HSHS Holy Family Hospital Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) has announced the appointment of Kelly Sager to serve as the president and CEO of HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville. Sager currently serves as the chief nurse executive for HSHS Southern Illinois Division. She will begin her new role on March 18.   Read More
  • Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6

    The season of Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and ends just prior to the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 18, when the paschal triduum begins. Lent is the principal penitential season of the church year. All the Christian faithful are urged to develop and maintain a voluntary program of self-denial (in addition to the Lenten regulations which follow), serious prayer and the performing of deeds of charity and mercy, including the giving of alms. Read More
  • Quincy’s Father Tolton, the nation’s first black priest, moving closer to sainthood 

    Quincy’s Father Tolton, the nation’s first black priest, moving closer to sainthood  One of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois’ own, Father Augustine Tolton, continues to move toward sainthood. The cause for beatification and canonization of Servant of God Father Tolton, the nation’s first black priest — who served and is buried in Quincy — advanced recently in Rome. On Feb. 5, the theological consultants of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints unanimously approved that his cause move forward. Read More
  • Understanding excommunication

    Understanding excommunication Recently, the governor of New York, a Catholic, ignited a firestorm in the U.S. church with his support of new sweeping pro-abortion legislation in New York State and the response of many among the faithful has been a call for his excommunication from the church. For many, the notion of excommunication is a casting out, a spiritual condemnation as pronounced in the famous scene from Becket: “We declare him excommunicate and anathema. We cast him into the outer darkness. We judge him damned with the devil, and his fallen angels, and all the reprobate to eternal fire and everlasting pain.” Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki on McCarrick dismissal: ‘Pope Francis took appropriate action’

    Pope Francis dismissed former Cardinal and Archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state Feb. 16 after a Vatican tribunal found McCarrick guilty of abusing minors and seminarians over several decades. It’s the first time a cardinal has been defrocked or laicized from the Catholic Church over sexual misconduct.   Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki presides at first profession Mass

    Bishop Paprocki presides at first profession Mass ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George celebrated the first profession of a novice during Mass at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was the main celebrant of the Mass, held at St. Francis Convent in Alton. He was joined by several local and visiting priests. Read More
  • Witnesses for life

    Witnesses for life Diocese well-represented at March for Life Carrying rosaries and signs and wearing identifiable hoodies, scarves and warm outerwear, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, hundreds of young people, dozens of adults, several seminarians and members of the clergy from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois walked for life in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18. The theme of this year’s March for Life was “Unique from Day One: Pro-life is Pro-science.” Read More
  • Changing of the guard

    Changing of the guard Hansen named editor, director of Communications On Jan. 14, Andrew Hansen joined the Curia staff for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois as director of Communications — and is also now editor of Catholic Times. Hansen replaced Marlene Mulford and Scott Mulford, who retired on Dec. 31, 2018 as director of Communications and as editor of Catholic Times, respectively. Read More
  • Public invited to performance on life of Father Tolton

    ALTON — “A colored child born April 1, 1854, son of Peter Tolton and Martha Chisley, property of Stephen Elliott.” Those were the words written in the baptismal record for Father Augustus Tolton. Born a slave in Brush Creek, Mo., he grew up to become the first African-American Catholic priest. He bore the insults of racial prejudice, and even after his ordination suffered the jealousies of religious leaders, both Catholic and Protestant, who saw him as a threat to their congregations. Read More
  • Tax credit scholarships: JB not a fan

    The colorful graphic that pops up on the home page when you enter https://empowerillinois.org on your computer states that the Tax Credit Scholarship applications open January 15. But for how much longer? If J.B. Pritzker’s rhetoric during his long march to the governor’s office is an indication, not long. Read More
  • HSHS St. Francis Hospital names new president/CEO

    HSHS St. Francis Hospital names new president/CEO LITCHFIELD ― Jim Timpe has been selected to serve as the new president and CEO at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. He started in this new role Dec. 11. Timpe joined St. Francis from HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield where he most recently served as the director of imaging services, rehabilitation services, sleep and neuro-diagnostics. He had been in that role since 2011. Read More
  • Thinking priestly thoughts?

    The Office for Vocations of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will host a “Thinking of Priesthood” day for men, ages 18-30 on Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Springfield. “Seniors in high school are also welcome and encouraged to attend,” said seminarian Zachary Samples who is assisting in organizing the event. Read More
  • Thinking priestly thoughts?

    The Office for Vocations of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will host a “Thinking of Priesthood” day for men, ages 18-30 on Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Springfield.   Read More
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