Diocesan Life Articles

  • Thirty miles of walking to honor Quincy’s Venerable Father Tolton

    Thirty miles of walking to honor Quincy’s Venerable Father Tolton Thirty miles walking. One day. From Brush Creek in Missouri to Quincy in Illinois. Six students from Quincy University (QU). All friends. A pilgrimage walk to honor the nation’s first black priest, Venerable Father Augustine Tolton. Read More
  • Father Trummer ordained to priesthood June 12

    Father Trummer ordained to priesthood June 12 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. Read More
  • A tale of two brothers - Trummer brothers are now both priests for Springfield diocese

    A tale of two brothers - Trummer brothers are now both priests for Springfield diocese 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. Read More
  • Solidarity in Freedom: How to get involved in this year’s Religious Freedom Week

    Join Bishop Paprocki for a LIVE rosary on June 23 From June 22 to June 29, join Catholics across the country as they pray, reflect, and take action on religious liberty, in our diocese, state, country, and around the world. Read More
  • What a year!

    What a year! People in our Catholic school communities reflect and offer their sincere gratitude to all those who made in-person learning possible this past school year  Read More
  • Victories: Repeal of parental notification of abortion goes nowhere, tax credit scholarship program extended another year

    Victories: Repeal of parental notification  of abortion goes nowhere, tax credit  scholarship program extended another year Illinois legislature finished their spring session May 31 Pro-life advocates in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and across the state are celebrating their hard work of prayer, calling the offices of state lawmakers, and speaking with state lawmakers after the Illinois General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would have repealed Illinois’ Parental Notification of Abortion law. Lawmakers adjourned May 31 after they wrapped up the spring legislative session. Read More
  • Hopes and dreams unfolding for Dominican nuns of Monastery of Mary the Queen

    Hopes and dreams unfolding for Dominican nuns of Monastery of Mary the Queen Community hopes to move into new monastery in Macoupin County by January GIRARD — It was a sun splashed afternoon, a perfect and hopeful sign for the Dominican nuns of the Monastery of Mary the Queen. The community welcomed Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to the site of what will become their new monastery in Girard in Macoupin County to bless the property and project back in March. It has taken more than six years of praying, waiting, and trusting for the Dominican nuns to get to this joyful day. Once the monastery is complete, which is hoped to be by the Read More
  • "I thank God every day for the gift He has given me to teach these wonderful children"

    In this edition of Catholic Times, we feature several Catholic school teachers from across the diocese who retired at the end of this school year. These teachers spent decades shaping minds and building disciples. They built up the Kingdom of God in our diocese and joyfully lived out our faith in their classrooms. We also list those who retired and how many years they taught children in service of the church both in our Catholic schools and at Parish Schools of Religion (PSR). Read More
  • Hospital Sisters team up with Indian community

    Hospital Sisters team up with Indian community Launching fundraising campaign to help with pandemic in India As a devastating second wave of COVID-19 continues to take a tragic toll on India, nonprofit organizations of Indian origin have teamed up with Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach to launch a fundraising effort to purchase life-saving equipment for under-resourced medical facilities in India. The fundraising campaign called Breath for India, acknowledges that the struggle for breath experienced by COVID-19 patients has reached devastating proportions in India. Read More
  • New president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System starts in June

    New president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System starts in June Damond Boatwright, MHA, MHS, FACHE, will start as president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) in June, succeeding the current president and CEO of HSHS, Mary Starmann-Harrison, who retires in July after serving in this role for the past decade. Read More
  • St. Francis Convent, including the former Chiara Center property, to become part of new institute of Catholic faith formation, religious life

  • Two long-time principals, educators taking well-deserved retirement

    Two long-time principals, educators taking well-deserved retirement  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. Read More
  • ‘When we go out of our way to receive the sacraments, it says this is really important’

    ‘When we go out of our way to receive the sacraments, it says this is really important’ The fruits of moving confirmation and first holy Communion to the Cathedral and having confirmation in third grade instead of eighth grade may be hard to envision for some, but these parents are trusting in God In the last edition of Catholic Times, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki announced that the temporary general delegation for pastors to celebrate confirmations and first holy Communions in the parish will stop in July and those sacraments going forward will then take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield (except for those parishes whose pastor has requested special delegation to complete the Read More
  • Sullivan native gains spiritual inspiration from ‘second mom,’ a U.S. Supreme Court Justice

    Sullivan native gains spiritual inspiration from ‘second mom,’ a U.S. Supreme Court Justice After graduating from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., Sullivan (Moultrie County) native Meredith Vogel (Murphy) spent a year working as an assistant to a speech-language pathologist in the public school system in South Bend. A young boy, named Benjamin, attended the school there. Vogel serviced his classroom. Read More
  • St. Teresa High School teacher wins 2021 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

    St. Teresa High School teacher wins 2021 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award There were several standing ovations. Tears filled her eyes on several occasions. The love Arlis DeJaynes felt on April 21 was real and profound. DeJaynes, an English teacher and department head at St. Teresa High School in Decatur, was the winner of the 2021 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki presented DeJaynes with the award during a surprise celebration at St. Teresa High School. Read More
  • Religious celebrate milestone years of service

    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. Read More
  • Honoring life of Venerable Father Tolton

    Honoring life of Venerable Father Tolton QUINCY — The life of Quincy’s Venerable Father Augustine Tolton is now on display on marble panels at the Church of St. Peter in Quincy. The idea came from the parish pastor, Msgr. Leo Enlow, who was trying to figure out a way to disguise nine metal plates that were put into a brick wall at the church parking lot. Read More
  • Confirmations and first holy Communions to take place at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

    Confirmations and first holy Communions to take place at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Answers to frequently asked questions, including why these sacraments take place in third grade. Starting July 1, confirmation and first holy Communion for children in third grade will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Read More
  • The Year of St. Joseph

    The Year of St. Joseph On Dec. 8, 2020, Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, announced a Year of St. Joseph in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the foster father of Jesus as patron of the Universal Church. The Holy Father said, “The aim of this Apostolic Letter,” and one might also presume of this special year, “is to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal” (Patris Corde, 7). The Year of St. Joseph will conclude on Dec. 8, 2021. Read More
  • Two diocesan priests to celebrate special Jubilees

    Two diocesan priests to celebrate special Jubilees 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. Read More
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