Diocesan Life Articles

  • 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
  • Collinsville woman moving mountains, one student at a time

    Collinsville woman moving mountains, one student at a time ST. JOSEPH, MICH. — During 22-year-old Amber Robinson’s senior year at college at Northern Illinois University, she knew she wanted to do missionary work but didn’t know where. Today, the Glen Carbon native who attends Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville finds herself in St. Joseph, Mich., working directly with youth, challenging these vulnerable Catholics “to love Christ and embrace the life of the church.” Read More
  • Diocesan planning study under way

    Diocesan planning study under way Parishioners encouraged to attend Focus Group meetings and/or participate in online survey The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has launched a planning study to determine the level of support for a diocesan-wide capital campaign. Representatives from the Steier Group, a Catholic development and fundraising firm, will be conducting interviews in the diocese until mid-November. They are seeking feedback on support for seminarian education throughout the diocese. Read More
  • CTK’s Over 50 Club’s generous push to help church’s future

    In 1988, Springfield’s Christ the King’s (CTK) Over 50 and Dinner Club had 20 members. Today, they boast 200 with members coming not just from Christ the King Parish, but several other parishes in the area. While the club is a great place for those who passed the half-century mark to meet other Catholics, eat a delicious meal every month, and hear from interesting speakers, the club has put most of its resources and generosity toward one thing: the church’s future. Read More
  • Students from all over diocese attend Mission Mass

    Students from all over diocese attend Mission Mass On Oct. 30, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was filled with enthusiastic students and faculty members who traveled from all over the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for the annual Mission Mass. Since many of the students had never been to the Cathedral, some of the groups took tours of the church before Mass and waited patiently afterwards to have photos taken with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, who was the main celebrant. Read More
  • Giving thanks for many vocations in our diocese

    There is an interesting form of biblical scholarship that focuses on the meaning of numbers known as numerology. One that we might be most familiar with is the number 40, which is a number that signifies trial, testing and waiting. The great flood was 40 days and 40 nights. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years. Moses spent 40 days on Mt. Sinai. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert before beginning his public ministry. And 40 days after the resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven.   Read More
  • Using his talent for the church

    Using his talent for the church Springfield teen learning to play organ at Cathedral Visitors from Ohio were at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield one afternoon this summer, admiring the stained-glass windows and striking beauty of the church. They were also given a rare treat: beautiful organ music, filling the church with rich sounds. Little did they know it was a 14-year-old playing, who had just picked up the organ in February. Read More
  • Deegee Kienstra’s faith story: Holy Spirit didn’t just bring her along for the ride

    Deegee Kienstra’s faith story: Holy Spirit didn’t just bring her along for the ride EDWARDSVILLE — On April 20, 2019, 42-year-old Deegee Kienstra of Edwardsville officially became Catholic, receiving three sacraments at the Easter Vigil at St. Mary Parish in Edwardsville: baptism, confirmation and Communion. The road to that powerful day is filled with moments where the Holy Spirit planted seeds of inspiration.   Read More
  • Springfield K.C. council donates nearly 100,000 dollars

    Springfield K.C. council donates nearly 100,000 dollars Springfield Catholic schools are big winners It became a spectacle in Springfield week after week this past summer as thousands of people packed the Knights of Columbus Hall on Springfield’s west side and other satellite locations, hoping to be the big winner in the Knights of Columbus Council 364’s Big Raffle, which grew to 5,000. This, after the fund had been growing for two years because week after week, the person selected never correctly picked the jackpot square. (The game originally started with 100 squares, and each week one would be eliminated until the jackpot square was correctly chosen.) Finally, Read More
  • Family Camp celebrates 30 years

    Family Camp celebrates 30 years CARLINVILLE — The 30th annual Family Camp for persons with special needs and their families and friends, was, as usual, a fun time for everyone involved, reports Elaine Vonderheide, who directs the weekend every year. This year’s camp took place Sept. 21-22, at Lake Williamson Christian Center. Attendees and their guests participated in a variety of activities, including swimming, square dancing, playing mini golf, creating crafts and singing. The camp closed with Sunday Mass, celebrated this year by Father Chris House, rector of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish and vicar judicial in the Office of the Tribunal. Read More
  • Cathedral packed for national speaker

    Cathedral packed for national speaker It was a unique energy inside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on Sept. 19 as 700 people, Catholics and non-Catholics, from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, came to give their lives a recharge. Chris Stefanick, a nationally known Catholic speaker, presented REBOOT!, an experience of learning how to better apply the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of life. Read More
  • Mattoon woman receives rite with Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites

    Mattoon woman receives rite with Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites PEORIA HEIGHTS ― Earlier this year, June Kriesel, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Mattoon, received the Rite of Definitive Promises with The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Peoria Heights. Her Carmelite name is Mary Therese of the Immaculate Heart.   Read More
  • Origin of Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

    In the 1880s, Pope Leo XIII had just finished celebrating Mass when he stopped dead in his tracks and saw something that shook him to the core: A vision of demonic spirits, gathering on Rome, came alive before him. A further account says the pope also heard two voices, that of God and of Satan. Satan boasted to God that he could “destroy the church” but asked God for 100 years and more power to do so. God responded, permitting it. After this vision, with a pale and fearful look, Pope Leo XIII immediately composed the Prayer to St. Michael Read More
  • Riverton Knights sponsor silver rose service

    Riverton Knights sponsor silver rose service RIVERTON — On Sept. 1, the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3914 of Riverton sponsored their first Silver Rose Prayer Service at St. James Church. “Participants were asked to sign and date a pledge to Our Lady of Guadalupe to be prepared to accept the gift of new life and promise to defend human life from conception until the moment when our Lord calls each person to his presence,” says Grand Knight John Marruffo.   Read More
  • About 350 attend Mass for couples married 50 years or more

    About 350 attend Mass for couples married 50 years or more On an otherwise dreary and drizzly Sunday afternoon, the sun appropriately came out to shine through the windows of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception just as long-married couples from all over the diocese renewed their commitment to one another. It was a touching moment for many at the Sept. 8 Mass for Couples Married 50 Years or More, and seemed especially so for Bob and Kathy Kulhan, who traveled to Springfield from Greenville, where they are members of St. Lawrence Parish. “I looked up at my husband and he was crying,” said Kathy after Mass. “Then I got so Read More
  • Catechesis office offers adult faith formation, enrichment courses

    The Office for Catechesis of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, in conjunction with local parishes throughout the diocese, offers faith formation and enrichment courses for adults. These courses, which are open to everyone, are designed to help Catholics grow in faith, respond to questions about the church, and equip people to make faith-filled decisions in their lives.   Read More
  • What’s this about confirmation moving to third grade?

    Your questions, answered Candidly, as a father of five not-yet-confirmed children, when I first heard of the concept of “restored order of the sacraments of initiation,” I thought it was a terrible idea to lower the age of confirmation to third grade. As I listened and learned, however, I found myself saying to Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, “Please confirm my children as soon as possible!” I know many parents and grandparents have the same initial reaction to restored order, so I want to share what changed my mind. Here are answers to the common questions I originally had and what Read More
  • Stefanick, national Catholic speaker, coming to Cathedral

    Stefanick, national Catholic speaker, coming to Cathedral As Catholics, we are all called to discipleship, to be not only followers, but imitators of Christ. It’s a lifelong journey, a slow transformation that starts with “humbly recognizing two things — the truth about ourselves and where we fall short, and the truth about what we are made for — living and loving like Christ” (Into His Likeness by Edward Sri). Of course, imitating Christ requires that we first know Christ. Read More
  • Office seeks your vote for DCJH patron saint

    The diocesan Office for Pro-life Activities and Special Ministries asks that people from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois choose a patron saint for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH). In this issue, as in the Aug. 18 issue, we are highlighting two of the four saints. We invite everyone to vote for one of the four, either with a coupon that will run in an upcoming issue of Catholic Times, or with an online vote at www.dio.org/dcjh/patronsaint.html. Votes will be due Oct. 6.   Read More
  • Charleston deacon shares his unique journey to the diaconate

    Charleston deacon shares his unique journey to the diaconate CHARLESTON — Deacons play an integral part in the life of our church. Whether it’s weddings, baptisms, reflecting on the Sunday readings, or providing spiritual advice and encouragement, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is blessed to have 56 permanent deacons ministering to the faithful. These men are raising children, working full-time jobs, and staying present to their wives, all while serving the church. It can be a challenging lifestyle, but one every deacon says is rewarding and joyful.   Read More
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