Diocesan Life Articles

  • Two seminarians ordained to transitional diaconate

    Two seminarians ordained to transitional diaconate 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. Read More
  • Honoring our teachers

    Honoring our teachers Presenting the second annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award We asked everyone from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois what Catholic teacher in our schools is making a big difference in the classroom? What teacher goes above and beyond, someone whose impact is deep and personal? What teacher authentically lives out what it means to be Catholic and instills our faith into his or her students? What teacher embodies St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who founded Catholic schools in the United States? Read More
  • Welcoming foster children completes Petersburg family

    Welcoming foster children completes Petersburg family 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. Read More
  • Illinois bishops urge ‘No’ vote on legislation that protects human traffickers, harms victims of sexual assault

    Illinois bishops urge ‘No’ vote on legislation that protects human traffickers, harms victims of sexual assault The bishops of the six dioceses in Illinois have written a letter urging lawmakers to reject legislation that would repeal Illinois’ Parental Notice of Abortion law. The bishops ask the faithful to contact state lawmakers and urge them to vote “No” to House Bill 1797 and Senate Bill 2190. Read their letter to learn how this legislation would harm women and protect human traffickers. Read More
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month How you can help Read More
  • Annual Mission Mass brings young missionaries together

    Annual Mission Mass brings young missionaries together On March 23, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Donna Moore, director of the Office for the Missions welcomed dozens of school children from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for the Mission Mass. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, attendance in the Cathedral was much lower than at the usual annual Mass — normally the Cathedral is full — however, many school students watched the Mass on a live-stream. Read More
  • Statehouse abortion legislation would protect human traffickers, harm victims of rape, incest

    Statehouse abortion legislation would protect human traffickers, harm victims of rape, incest Identical pieces of legislation pending at the Illinois statehouse would help protect human traffickers while simultaneously harming victims of rape, incest, or other sexual violence. The legislation would repeal the Parental Notification Act, an Illinois law that requires a parent or legal guardian to be notified when a minor under the age of 18 seeks an abortion (the law now is only for notification, not parental consent). Read More
  • Two men to be ordained to transitional diaconate

    Two men to be ordained to transitional diaconate On the Friday of Easter Week, April 9, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain two seminarians to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The ordination will take place at 6 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Read More
  • How to view Mark’s Gospel account during Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection

    How to view Mark’s Gospel account during Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged a way of praying among his followers that involved engaging our imagination — to picture yourself as a character in the story, hearing the words that are exchanged, meditating on the look that crosses Jesus’ face, or imagining what it must have been like in the crowd as they witnessed Jesus crucified. As we contemplate the greatest mysteries of our faith in these holy days, it can be good to ask ourselves: What do I see and hear as I pray with these Scriptures? Read More
  • Ten ways to rejoice during the Easter season

    Ten ways to rejoice during the Easter season The first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox is a day more commonly known as Easter Sunday. With the new life of spring comes the new life of Christ. As the earth awakens out of its winter slumber, here are 10 ways to help your soul do the same during the Easter season. Read More
  • Church welcomes 71 new members

    Church welcomes 71 new members The Easter Vigil is the premier time each year for making of Catholic adults through the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation. This year in 32 parishes and at one university, 71 people will have come to the Easter Vigil to celebrate rites that will have joined them to the Catholic Church. Read More
  • ‘I felt the calling to make the change’

    ‘I felt the calling to make the change’ St. Mary parishioner in Edwardsville shares her conversion story EDWARDSVILLE — She was raised in the Lutheran Church and attended Lutheran schools, but for Kirsten Tucker of Edwardsville, the decision to become Catholic had been in the back of her mind for a while. Today, the 56-year-old teaches at St. Mary School in Edwardsville — and little did she know that taking that job at St. Mary would be the driving factor to her joining the Catholic Church. Read More
  • Join powerful, life-giving retreat for women in our diocese

    Join powerful, life-giving retreat for women in our diocese Fear is all around us. From the pandemic and bad economic news to job insecurity and family stress, your life may be full of anxiety right now. Women needing to step back from the noise of the secular world, a refreshing reset, or a spiritual boost are invited to “Freedom from Fear,” a women’s overnight retreat May 1 to May 2 in Springfield. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki’s new book, Running for a Higher Purpose, now available

    Bishop Paprocki’s new book, Running for a Higher Purpose, now available Providing you eight steps to spiritual and physical fitness In Running for a Higher Purpose, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, a marathon runner and hockey player, shares how running unlocks not only physical benefits but also profound spiritual wellbeing. Read More
  • Funeral Mass held for father of Father Smith

    Funeral Mass held for father of Father Smith DECATUR — Jerry Allan Smith, father of Father Marty Smith, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away March 16 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur with his family by his side. He lived in Mt. Zion and was 77 years old. Read More
  • Homebound desire Eucharist even more with pandemic

    Homebound desire Eucharist even more with pandemic It is a Thursday afternoon at Serenity Manor, a senior living facility in Springfield. Some residents are taking naps. Others are watching television. For five faith-filled Catholics, they are meeting in a room to receive Our Lord in the holy Eucharist from Father Peter Chineke, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Read More
  • ‘I felt honored to receive the Eucharist’

    ‘I felt honored to receive the Eucharist’ St. Mary parishioner in Taylorville shares her conversion story TAYLORVILLE — For decades, Lucia Snow of Taylorville described herself as a “spiritual person.” But things started to change in 2017. That’s when she and her family moved close to St. Mary Church and School in Taylorville. Two of her children enrolled in the school and “fell in love with the Catholic faith” she says. Soon, they were baptized, along with her two daughters at the time. Read More
  • Preparing your soul and your family for sacred triduum

    Preparing your soul and your family for sacred triduum The three days of the sacred triduum are the bridge connecting Lent to the 50 days of Easter. Intended to be lived as a whole, these three days: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday’s Easter Vigil are the encapsulation of the Lord’s life, death, and resurrection that we are called to embrace each day of our lives. While the liturgies of these days (while seen as one) each contain unique remembrances from our Lord’s life, they remind us that ultimately our faith is not about history. It is about God’s saving action, beyond all time, being made present for Read More
  • What is the triduum?

    What is the triduum? During Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (March 28) Lent comes to an end before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which is the beginning of the Easter triduum. The three chronological days are liturgically one day and form what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops calls “the summit of the Liturgical Year.” Read More
  • It’s time … welcome back to Mass

    It’s time … welcome back to Mass Answers to your questions about Bishop Paprocki’s modified dispensation, effective April 11 Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced that, effective April 11, Divine Mercy Sunday, the general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days will be modified to be limited to the following groups: Read More
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