Diocesan Life Articles

  • Father Bergbower recalls ‘fullness and peace’ of Camino de Santiago pilgrimage

    Father Bergbower recalls ‘fullness and peace’ of  Camino de Santiago  pilgrimage While many of us have been contemplating and beginning to carry out our New Year’s resolutions for 2020, Father Daniel Bergbower spent several weeks in 2018 and 2019 fulfilling his own personal pilgrimage resolution by completing the Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James. The pilgrimage is an epic journey of 500 miles, leading pilgrims to the Shrine of the Apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where the remains of St. James are buried. Read More
  • Youth group in Charleston seeing great success

    Youth group in Charleston seeing great success CHARLESTON — Angie Buescher didn’t go looking to be a youth minister. She actually called St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Charleston to see if they needed help with teaching religious education. After being told all the spots were filled, she learned there was one opening: youth ministry. Fast forward 22 years and Buescher would have never guessed she would be the youth minister, and it would become her passion. “Although I told them I had no idea what a youth minister’s role was, I got the job and was guided by the priest,” she says. Read More
  • St. Pope John Paul II, dogs, and the Eucharist

    An incredible story of the true Presence A story from 1995 reports that when St. Pope John Paul II was visiting the United States, on his last day in Baltimore, the pope said that after greeting seminarians outside St. Mary’s Seminary, he wanted to spend some time inside, to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Read More
  • Keeping Christ in Christmas

    Keeping Christ in Christmas EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Knights of Columbus Council held its 13th annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest this year and 340 posters were submitted. In addition to the age groups that go on for higher level judging, the Council also has a contest for children age 4 and under. The first-place winners of the other age groups were submitted for judging at the diocesan and state levels. The Council winners were presented their awards at a ceremony held on Dec. 18. Read More
  • Springfield Right to Life more active at new location next to Planned Parenthood

    Springfield Right to Life more active at new location next to Planned Parenthood In December 2017, Springfield Right to Life moved into a new space, next door to Planned Parenthood. Since that move, Laura Colantino, who was hired as their new executive director last November, says Springfield Right to Life has become more active. Read More
  • Are you receiving the Eucharist correctly?

    Are you receiving the Eucharist correctly? As we prepare for the coming of Jesus this Christmas season, let us remember he is always present to us in the Eucharist. Here are some things to keep in mind when participating in Mass and when receiving the Eucharist: Read More
  • Nativity scene dedicated at Illinois State Capitol

    Nativity scene dedicated at Illinois State Capitol On Dec. 3, Msgr. David Hoefler, vicar general of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, was one of the speakers at the 12th annual Nativity dedication ceremony at the Illinois State Capitol. Several dozen people from various Christian churches were on hand in the rotunda to pray and sing together and to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Read More
  • Sheen Beatification Mass originally set for Dec. 21 in Peoria postponed

    Sheen Beatification Mass originally set for Dec. 21 in Peoria postponed PEORIA — In the last edition of Catholic Times, there was an article announcing that Pope Francis had approved the Beatification Mass of Archbishop Fulton Sheen to take place Dec. 21 in Peoria. Hours after Catholic Times went to press, it was announced Dec. 3 the Beatification Mass would be postponed. Read More
  • The Magic of Christmas

    The Magic of Christmas What makes Christmas magical? What makes Christmas magical? Is it the clever elf that flies around from shelf to shelf? Or is it the big jolly guy squeezing down the narrow chimney with a bag of all the greatest toys? Read More
  • Give the gift of education

    Give the gift of education How you can help our students, receive a tax credit, and provide Catholic education Student demand for Illinois’ tax credit scholarship is at an all-time high. This school year, 377 students in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois received scholarships valued at 125,073,290.31 thanks to generous donations to Illinois’ tax credit scholarship program. When you learn, however, that 1,326 students in our diocese applied, it’s clear the demand is far exceeding the supply. Read More
  • Nine kids. One bus.

    Nine kids. One bus. Central Illinois family to liveCentral Illinois family to liveout radical discipleship By traditional measures, I was always a good Catholic. I went to Mass every Sunday and on all Holy Days. I observed the laws about fasting and abstinence. I regularly sought the sacrament of reconciliation. I paid my church support and observed the marriage laws of the church. But 25 years ago, on a quiet night, with tears of pain rolling down my face, I got down on my knees and asked God to come into my heart and to heal my brokenness. For the first time in my Read More
  • Nearly 70 percent of Catholics don’t believe Eucharist is Body and Blood of Christ

    Nearly 70 percent  of Catholics don’t believe Eucharist is Body and Blood of Christ Why Catholics need to believe in gift in front of them After Mass on Aug. 15, 1996 at a parish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a woman approached the priest saying that she found a consecrated Host in the church. The priest — following proper procedures in such a case — placed the Host into a glass of water so it would dissolve and put the Host into the tabernacle. Days later, to the priest’s amazement, the Host appeared bloody and had a flesh-like appearance. Read More
  • Diocesan Planning Study coming to close

    Diocesan Planning Study coming to close Next steps to be determined soon The process of gathering feedback from clergy, lay leaders and parishioners about a potential diocesan-wide capital campaign has been completed. Read More
  • Youth not engaged in Catholicism? NCYC proves otherwise

    Youth not engaged in Catholicism? NCYC proves otherwise INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 180 students, chaperones, and priests from all over the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois joined more than 20,000 people from across the country for the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis Nov. 21-23. “If there is ever one event a high schooler should attend, it’s NCYC,” said Tony Cerveny, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese. “The work of the Holy Spirit was profound — from adoration to the speakers, to the music to the message, NCYC was an incredible experience and left a positive impact on our students.” Read More
  • Blessed Sacrament’s principal gives of herself, saving a friend while deepening her own faith

    Blessed Sacrament’s principal gives of herself, saving a friend  while deepening her own faith As Sabrina Carter works with students in the Ball-Chatham School District as a psychologist, a job that brings her joy and the satisfaction of personally helping the lives of young people, it’s not uncommon for her to think about her own life and the selfless gift given to her. What would her life be like today if it weren’t for this gift? How much pain would she be in? Would she even be alive? It all started in 2015. After going to her doctor with stomach pains, tests determined she had Stage 3 kidney disease. Over the next year and Read More
  • Annual Nativity festival tells many stories

    Annual Nativity festival tells many stories  The Chiara Center is hosting their 13th annual Franciscan Nativity Festival — a display of more than 100 Nativity sets, a majority of which are new to the annual event. The event is free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon-4 p.m., at Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield — on the grounds of St. Francis Convent.   Read More
  • Novena to honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins Dec. 1

    The annual novena honoring the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins Dec. 1 this year, because the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred this year to Dec. 9. The novena will be celebrated each evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., except on Dec. 9 when the novena will conclude with the 5:15 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. All are welcome to attend the novena, which will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Read More
  • Diocesan native observing silver jubilee

    Diocesan native observing silver jubilee TRAPPIST, Ky. — Brother Aaron Schulte, OCSO, celebrated his Silver jubilee with the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly called Trappist at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky in May of this year.TRAPPIST, Ky. — Brother Aaron Schulte, OCSO, celebrated his Silver jubilee with the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly called Trappist at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky in May of this year. Read More
  • Soup ministry celebrates decade of giving

    GREENFIELD — With chilly weather already here and Thanksgiving just around the corner, our thoughts naturally turn to warm meals, good fellowship and counting our blessings. This year St. Michael parishioner Martha Rawe is giving thanks that in Greenfield, a soup ministry that she helped to start has been warming people’s stomachs — and hearts — for 10 years and counting.   Read More
  • Mt. Sterling priest and former Marine tells his story

    Mt. Sterling priest and former Marine tells his story Veterans are the backbone of our great nation. Their sacrifice, dedication to freedom, and helping the people of the world — we are forever indebted to their service. The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is blessed to have several priests who also served our country. One of those is Father Stephen Thompson, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Mt. Sterling and St. Thomas Parish in Camp Point. Father Thompson embodies honor, courage and commitment, values that have deep meaning to him as a Marine. He served our country for four years in the early 1990s as an E-4 corporal as a Read More
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