Diocesan Life Articles

  • Long married couples celebrate together

    Long married couples celebrate together As Bishop Thomas John Paprocki remarked at the beginning of the Mass for Couples Married 50 Years or More, the afternoon of the first full day of autumn was beautiful both outside and inside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. It was a joyful day, he said, not just because the weather was near perfect on Sept. 23 but also inside the church hundreds of people were there to celebrate the beauty of long marriages. A great number of the couples taking part were married in 1968 and celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this year, but some had Read More
  • Vocation awareness encourages Christ’s call

    WASHINGTON (USCCB) — The Catholic Church in the United States will observe National Vocation Awareness Week, Nov. 4-10. The annual event, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations is a special time for parishes to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Read More
  • Making the unexpected choice

    A 20-something couple comes in to ThriVe Metro East for confirmation of pregnancy. They admit this: They are not ready to be parents. There has been no prenatal care and they have no insurance. Moreover, they are struggling with substance abuse and are recently homeless and jobless. Their world is crashing in around them. The potential birth mom thinks she may be “feeling movement.” All the pregnancy options and educational brochures are explained. The couple voices adoption and states everyone around them would support this decision. Read More
  • Hospital Sisters host international meeting

    The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, members of a multi-cultural Franciscan congregation with headquarters in Germany, are currently hosting a meeting of their international congregation at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. The meeting began Sept. 6 and will run through Sept. 22, said Brian Blasco, director of Communications and provincial archivist. Read More
  • Illinois attorney general wants dioceses’ information on priests’ misconduct

    “The Catholic Church has a moral obligation to provide its parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois.” So began the Aug. 23 statement by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in joining Missouri’s and a growing number of state attorneys general seeking information from Catholic dioceses in the wake of the explosive grand jury report in Pennsylvania regarding priests’ misconduct. Read More
  • Adult enrichment courses scheduled throughout diocese

    The Office for Catechesis of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, in conjunction with local parishes, is pleased to offer faith formation courses for adults in locations across the diocese. These courses, which are open to everyone, are designed to help Catholics grow in their faith, respond to questions about the church, and make faith-filled decisions in their lives. Read More
  • QND exceeds million goal

    QND exceeds  million goal Quincy — The “Campaign for Quincy Notre Dame” exceeded its goal of million by more than 0,000. The five-year capital campaign included the construction of the east wing, housing two new science labs, an expanded physical science classroom, two additional classrooms and new offices for the principal and guidance counselors. Additionally, the campaign completed ongoing campus revitalization projects. Read More
  • SDCCW to hold 90th annual convention

    All Catholic women and guests are invited to attend the 90th annual Springfield in Illinois Council of Catholic Women Convention to be held Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Ss. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carlinville. Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The convention runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Love and Peace.” Read More
  • DAEC set for Sept. 30-Oct. 1

    DECATUR — The Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference (DAEC) will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 and Monday, Oct. 1 at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, 4191 US 36 West in Decatur. The theme of this year’s DAEC is “Who Do You Say That I Am?” Read More
  • Sins of Adam and Eve repeated through the ages

    Sins of Adam and Eve repeated through the ages The script for what caused the Springfield race riot was written eons before 1908: the story from the Bible everyone knows, be they Jew or Gentile. Tempted by Satan himself, Eve ate the forbidden fruit. When challenged by Adam, Eve shifts the blame and Earth’s first residents began their lives of deception; lives they passed on to their own children and future generations of Earth’s inhabitants. Read More
  • Well-known ‘bread-making monk’ to appear in Maryville

    Well-known ‘bread-making monk’ to appear in Maryville MARYVILLE — Father Dominic Garromone, OSB, known as the “bread-making monk,” will give a demonstration at St. John Neumann School in Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. He is appearing to help raise funds for improvements to the two Catholic cemeteries in Troy. He is presenting “One Dough, Three Ways” and will demonstrate how to make and then prepare three recipes from the single dough. Read More
  • Youth respond to call to intentional discipleship

    Youth respond to call to intentional discipleship The Office for Vocations recently hosted 21 high school students from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois at Villa Maria Catholic Life Conference and Retreat Center on Lake Springfield for Called and Sent.  The Office for Vocations recently hosted 21 high school students from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois at Villa Maria Catholic Life Conference and Retreat Center on Lake Springfield for Called and Sent. Read More
  • Totus Tuus marks 10th summer in Springfield diocese

    Totus Tuus marks 10th summer in Springfield diocese In 2018, Totus Tuus celebrated its 10th summer catechizing young people in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and beyond, says Kyle Holtgrave, director of the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry. “This year we held 22 sessions,” he says. “There were 16 in this diocese, and others held at Scott Air Force Base, in the Belleville diocese and also in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.”  Totus Tuus is a parish-based catechetical program for children grade school through high school. The week-long Catholic summer parish missions are dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechetical instruction, Read More
  • Decatur mayor now at HSHS St. Mary’s

    Decatur mayor now at HSHS St. Mary’s DECATUR — Julie Moore Wolfe has recently assumed the executive directorship of philanthropy, advocacy and community relations at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. Her main responsibility is leading fundraising efforts through the foundation. Additionally, she joins the HSHS Central Illinois Division’s advocacy team, working with other local elected officials on various efforts pertaining to the Catholic health system. Moore Wolfe also assists with community and media relations. Read More
  • Parishes share Vacation Bible School materials

    Parishes share Vacation Bible School materials Hundreds of kids in the Springfield area are learning about their faith lives and having a great time this summer, thanks to Vacation Bible School leaders and their many assistants. Moreover, because it’s always good to save time and money, several parishes have been taking turns using one VBS package and passing on some locally-produced decorations as well. This year Blessed Sacrament Parish, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, St. Agnes Parish and Christ the King Parish — all in Springfield — and St. Jude Parish in Rochester have been sharing the Group kit, called Shipwrecked, Rescued by Jesus. St. Joseph the Read More
  • Our first, most cherished liberty

    Our first, most cherished liberty This article’s title adorned the banner behind Bishop Thomas John Paprocki as he spoke to a gathering in the Cathedral Atrium after Mass on June 24 (above) to celebrate religious freedom, a weeklong event of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Issues of religious freedom are many in Illinois and beyond, according to Bishop Paprocki who sits on the Bishops’ standing committee on religious freedom.This article’s title adorned the banner behind Bishop Thomas John Paprocki as he spoke to a gathering in the Cathedral Atrium after Mass on June 24 (above) to celebrate religious freedom, a weeklong event of Read More
  • Hospital Sisters of St. Francis celebrate Jubilee

    Hospital Sisters of St. Francis celebrate Jubilee On June 23, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis celebrated the Jubilee — the anniversary of first profession of vows — of nine sisters in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Father Richard W. Weltin was the homilist.   Read More
  • St. Alexius Parish to celebrate 180 years

    St. Alexius Parish to celebrate 180 years BEARDSTOWN — On Saturday, July 14, St. Alexius Church in Beardstown will be celebrating the 180th anniversary of its establishment with a 4 p.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, with other priests concelebrating. Following Mass there will be a church picnic and celebration at the parish hall.   Read More
  • Dominican Sisters launching mutual support ministry

    Dominican Sisters launching mutual support ministry Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned, but with prayer, perseverance and some assistance from caring individuals, new good things can happen. That’s what the Springfield Dominicans have discovered with the launching of a new ministry of mutual support for young women. The mission of Cor Unum — which is Latin for “one heart” — includes opening a house in Springfield to welcome women for prayer, community, socializing and for a few women, a place to live. Plans for this new ministry originally began in 2015 but were stalled in 2017 when original housing plans fell through. Read More
  • Five men to be ordained to priesthood

    Five men to be ordained to priesthood On Saturday, May 26 Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was to have ordained five men to the priesthood at an ordination Mass set for 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. As the men finished up their preparations for ordination, here is what Deacons Robert Johnson, Aaron Kuhn, Dominic Rankin, Mark Tracy and Deacon Brother Adam Zawadzki, OP Miss, had to say about their future lives as priests. Read More
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