Diocesan Life Articles

  • Religious order priests, sisters, brothers celebrate milestone years of service

    Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious order priests, religious sisters and religious brothers who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2018.Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious order priests, religious sisters and religious brothers who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2018. These people surely deserve our thanks, respect, admiration and prayers for selflessly and courageously answering the call to serve God’s people. Read on to see if you Read More
  • Diocese honors educators, catechists for years of service

    At the end of each school year, educators and catechists in parish schools and religious education programs in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special service anniversaries. Honorees for 2017-2018 receive a certificate. The catechist certificates are signed by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Christine Malmevik, director of the Office for Catechesis. Educator certificates are signed by Bishop Paprocki and Brandi Borries, superintendent for Catholic Schools. One hundred and seven certificates were issued. Read More
  • Lawmaking in Springfield as adjournment nears

    Lawmaking in Springfield as adjournment nears Longtime observers know that an adjournment date means little, since no bill ever, really dies in Springfield. Lawmakers still have plenty on their plates. Here’s a rundown of some items of interest to Catholics in the Springfield diocese and the other dioceses statewide.   Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki, priests to gather for annual Jubilee Day

    Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will join Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for the annual Priests Jubilee Day on Tuesday, May 8 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield.Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will join Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for the annual Priests Jubilee Day on Tuesday, May 8 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield.   Read More
  • St. Mary School announces closure

    MATTOON — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has given the go ahead for St. Mary School in Mattoon to close at the end of the current school year. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Gala fills ballroom with supporters

    Gala fills ballroom with supporters Friends of St. Joseph’s Home filled the Crowne Plaza ballroom in Springfield recently in a show of support of the home’s Continuing Care Fund, used by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception to provide financial support to long-term residents who sometimes outlive their own, ergo “Forget-me-not.” Established in 1903, St. Joseph’s is the largest ministry of the Peoria-based religious order and continues uninterrupted as seven sisters in residence provide leadership and inspiration to more than 80 residents in sheltered, intermediate and memory care. The sisters provide spiritual counseling and individualized care in a respectful environment that supports Read More
  • Funeral Mass held for Father Trojcak

    Funeral Mass held for Father Trojcak Father Ronald Trojcak passed away peacefully on April 4 in London, Ontario, Canada. He was surrounded by his loving friends and caretakers. The son of Michael Trojcak and Rita Falk Trojcak, Father Trojcak was born in Taylorville on Aug. 21, 1935. As a teenager, Father Trojcak entered the University of Illinois where he studied music from 1952 to 1955 — and his love for music continued throughout his life. He then entered the seminary at Notre Dame and moved to St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein in 1955. Following his ordination on May 26, 1962 by Bishop William A. Read More
  • After the shootings: What do we say to the kids?

    After the shootings: What do we say to the kids? The day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Dr. Bill Moredock, principal of Little Flower School in Springfield, made a point to visit with his middle school students. As both a school leader and clinical psychologist, it was important that he understood how students were feeling and just how much they knew about the tragic event. Read More
  • Cathedral parishioner named to child protection commission

    Cathedral parishioner named to child protection commission VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named nine new members, including Teresa M. Kettelkamp of Cathedral Parish in Springfield, to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Kettelkamp is a retired Illinois State Police  colonel and former executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. Read More
  • Seminarians bestowed ministries at Saint Meinrad

    Peter Chineke and Austin Quick, two seminarians from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were among those bestowed ministries with fellow students at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Chineke was received into the ministry of acolyte by Archbishop Charles Thompson of Indianapolis. An acolyte assists a deacon or priest in the celebration of Mass by attending to the needs of the altar and may distribute Communion as an auxiliary minister. As an acolyte, Chineke may also be entrusted with the public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki welcomes candidates, catechumens

    On the weekend of Feb. 17-18, which was the first weekend of Lent, 274 people from 53 parishes and one university came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield to take part in the Rite of Election and of the Call to Continuing Conversion. They were accompanied by priests, deacons, RCIA leaders, sponsors, godparents, families and friends who traveled with them. Since the Cathedral isn’t large enough to hold all the people scheduled to come to the see city that weekend, people from Springfield and the immediate surrounding areas took part in the Saturday evening liturgy. Those who Read More
  • Monk professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

    Monk professes first vows at Saint Meinrad Archabbey Novice Joseph Wagner professed his temporary vows as a Benedictine monk in a ceremony on Jan. 20, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Ind. He has completed his novitiate, a year of prayer and study of the Benedictine way of life. As is the custom during the profession of vows, he chose a religious name. Novice Joseph is now Brother Stanley. Read More
  • Quincy native makes solemn profession of vows

    Quincy native makes solemn profession of vows Sometimes religious vocations seem to run in families. And for that reason the year 2018 is bound to be one that the Rankin family of Quincy will always remember.  Just a few days into 2018, on Jan. 3, Sister Mary Thomas of the Holy Name of Jesus, OP, made her solemn profession of vows at the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude in Marbury, Ala. She shares a sacred vocation with her twin brother, Deacon Dominic Rankin, who will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on May 26. Read More
  • Diocesan pro-life groups March for Life in D.C.

    For more than 300 excited young people and adults, the pilgrimage to the nation’s capital began on or about Jan. 17 via dozens of chartered motor coaches. Once there, they became part of the estimated 300,000 voices raised to support life at the 44th annual March for Life on Jan. 19. “What an incredible witness for life!” declared Kyle Holtgrave, diocesan director of the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in a pre-march letter to parishes. Read More
  • Should blessings be given during the Communion procession?

    It often happens that persons present themselves, or are presented by others, to receive a blessing at the time others approach to receive holy Communion. While the beginning of this practice is a bit hard to pin down, it seems to have begun in the United States in the late 1980s or early 1990s out of a desire to help those who cannot receive holy Communion for one reason or another feel included.  Read More
  • Sangamon County judge green lights HB 40

    Sangamon County judge green lights HB 40 After listening to 90 minutes of oral arguments from defenders and opponents of taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois, it took Judge Jennifer M. Ascher less than 10 minutes on Dec. 28 to rule that House Bill 40 would take affect, as scheduled, on Jan. 1, 2018. Opponents of the new law quickly filed an appeal of the ruling. “We respectfully disagree with the court’s ruling,” said Peter Breen, Thomas More Society special counsel. “The Illinois Constitution was clearly violated here.” Read More
  • Deacon Dodge ordained to permanent diaconate

    Deacon Dodge ordained to permanent diaconate On Dec. 30 at St. Aloysius Church in Springfield, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained James Dodge to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Concelebrating the Mass that day were Msgr. David Hoefler, Msgr. John Ossola, Father Christopher House, Father Brian Alford, Father Daren Zehnle, Father Clinton Honkomp, OP, and Father James Isaacson, SJC. Deacon Larry Smith and Patrick Hutt were masters of ceremonies and Deacon Dominic Rankin proclaimed the Gospel. Also in attendance were a dozen deacons from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as well as some seminarians. Read More
  • Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal will help many

    The Catholic Charities Christmas Appeal campaign is under way and — with the help of people who choose to donate this Christmas season — will meet its goal to raise 0,000 across the diocese. “The appeal went out Nov. 29,” said Amber Cerveny, development coordinator at Catholic Charities. As of mid-December ,500 had already been raised. Cerveny says Catholic Charities would like to hit the goal by the end of January. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki closes fourth diocesan synod

    Bishop Paprocki closes fourth diocesan synod On Nov. 26, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated a Mass to officially close the fourth diocesan synod for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The synod had been under way since its official opening on April 11 at the chrism Mass. About 200 people — including a number of religious sisters and brothers, many lay people of all ages and several large young families — were in attendance at the 2 p.m. Mass, which was concelebrated with over 30 priests from all over the Springfield diocese. Approximately a dozen Read More
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