Diocesan Life Articles

  • ‘Converting WAS one OF THE best decisions I’ve ever made.’

    ‘Converting WAS one OF THE best decisions I’ve ever made.’ One year after becoming Catholic, Effingham’s Rebecca McIntire is more joyful than ever. This Easter, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is set to receive more than 200 peopleThis Easter, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is set to receive more than 200 peopleinto the Catholic Church.  Effingham’s Rebecca McIntire was in their shoes just last year. Catholic Times checks in with her to see how things are going, what she loves about the faith, and what we can learn from  her conversion story. Read More
  • Routt’s 2020 Lenten booklet: Seeing and believing our identity in Christ 

    Routt’s 2020 Lenten booklet: Seeing and believing our identity in Christ  JACKSONVILLE — Lent is an important time to repent and reevaluate one’s life, especially in high school. Every day high schoolers face stress and hardships. They must overcome the temptations of life while finding themselves and their place in the world and in Christ. That’s why students at Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville are focusing on identity during the Lenten season. In 2015, Janet Chipman, an English teacher at Routt, began making a Lenten devotional booklet written by and for Routt students. Her brainchild continues to touch the lives of its readers. This year Chipman asked her freshmen and seniors Read More
  • Seven Sisters in Effingham prays for priests

    Our priests need our prayers and they need them consistently. That’s the mission behind Seven Sisters, a prayer group at Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham. As part of the Seven Sisters Apostolate, which has local groups in parishes throughout the world, the Effingham group started in January of 2018. Read More
  • QU celebrates inauguration of new president

    QU celebrates inauguration of new president QUINCY — Quincy University’s Board of Trustees entrusted Brian McGee, Ph.D., with Quincy University’s mission during a formal ceremony Feb. 28. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois joined other religious leaders, city officials, community leaders, and members of the campus community in celebration at the official inauguration of Quincy University’s 24th president in St. Francis Solanus Chapel. Read More
  • ‘I’m finally free of fear’

    ‘I’m finally free of fear’ It was the lowest point of her life – having two abortions. Broken and hating herself, the Catholic Church and Rachel’s Vineyard came to her aid, setting her free. Now, Betty Parquette is telling her story to show all vulnerable and scared women, there is hope and healing.    Read More
  • Candidates, catechumens participate in special liturgy

    Candidates, catechumens participate in special liturgy On the weekend of Feb. 29-March 1, the first weekend of Lent, approximately 200 men, women and children from 50 parishes in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to take part in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion. That number included catechumens, uncatechized Catholics and baptized Christian candidates. They were accompanied by priests, deacons, RCIA leaders, sponsors, godparents, families and friends. Read More
  • Thinking about Eucharist and giving up chocolate

    Since I was a kid, I have had a great relationship with chocolate. We just go together. Throughout our relationship there have been very few rocky moments. The chocolate hits my taste buds and it’s like heaven melting in my mouth. Now, do I think heaven is that sweet? No, I think it’s better! However, I do hope there is chocolate in heaven. Unfortunately, on Jan. 1, chocolate and I decided we needed to take a break. It wasn’t anyone’s fault; it was just one of those decisions that hurts a little but is for the better. Have you ever Read More
  • SDCCW to honor Women of Distinction

    The ninth annual Women of Distinction Mass and luncheon is scheduled for June 13. This event is hosted by the Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Each parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is asked to select an honoree in appreciation for her service to God, parish and community. Read More
  • Siebers twins earn honors in State of Illinois

    Siebers twins earn honors in State of Illinois QUINCY — Quincy Notre Dame High School recently announced that QND senior Meredith Siebers has been named to the 2020 IHSA All-State Academic Honorable Mention Team and her twin brother Luke Siebers is among the 10 finalists for the “This I Believe” essay program, sponsored by the National Public Radio (NPR) Illinois and the Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise. Read More
  • Dominican Sisters hosting several fun events for moms and daughters, students, adults

    Dominican Sisters hosting several fun events for moms and daughters, students, adults During the week of March 8-14, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield celebrate the blessings of their consecrated life and ministry and invite the public to experience the lives of Catholic sisters more directly. For the Dominicans, the week is an opportunity to share the joy that comes from lives dedicated to seeking God, walking with others, and responding together to the needs of the world. Read More
  • Best-selling author to give talk about God the Father

    Best-selling author to give talk about God the Father Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, best-selling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory, will give a talk about God the Father at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield on Thursday, March 19 from 7-8 p.m. During the free event that’s open to the public, Father Gaitley’s presentation will center around this book that emphasizes a total consecration to the Father through Jesus based on the Gospel of John. The book 33 Days to Morning Glory will be available for purchase, and Father Gaitley will also sign books after the talk. Read More
  • Mary Poppins visits classrooms ahead of SHG spring musical

    Mary Poppins visits classrooms ahead of SHG spring musical There is much excitement in the air as the Sacred Heart-Griffin (SHG) High School Music Department prepares for the 2020 spring musical, Mary Poppins, which will bring the SHG Dominican Hall Theatre to life Friday, March 20-Sunday, March 22 and Friday, March 27-Sunday, March 29. This is the first time that a high school has performed Mary Poppins, the musical, in Central Illinois. Read More
  • St. Jude relic to visit St. Aloysius Parish

    St. Jude relic to visit St. Aloysius Parish St. Jude Thaddeus, Apostle of the Lord and preacher of the Good News, is the patron of hope and of difficult situations. This Lent, through the intercession of St. Jude, all are welcome to join the parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish in Springfield as they pray for God’s grace in letting go of what keeps us spiritually “stuck” in the quagmire of life’s difficulties. Read More
  • SDCCW to hold Lenten retreat

    All women are invited to attend the 2020 Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) Lenten retreat March 24-25 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield. Father Brian Alford, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Rochester and vocation director for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, will serve as retreat master. Read More
  • SDCCW scholarship competition opened

    The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering four 0 scholarships to recognize outstanding Catholic female high school seniors. Applicants will be judged on how they exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service. Read More
  • Lent begins Feb. 26

    Lent begins Feb. 26 Journey with us at dio.org/lent Lent is the 40-day, penitential season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26) and ends with the paschal triduum Holy Thursday (April 9), Good Friday (April 10) and Holy Saturday (April 11). Read More
  • Extraordinary Catholics

    In honor of Black History Month, here are some examples of extraordinary Catholics who are black and who advanced our faith and are models for discipleship today. In honor of Black History Month, here are some examples of extraordinary Catholics who are black and who advanced our faith and are models for discipleship today. Read More
  • Father Carberry passes away at age 92

    Father Carberry passes away at age 92 QUINCY — Father John P. Carberry, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for nearly 40 years, died on Jan. 21 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He was 92 years old. He was born on May 15, 1927, in Springfield, to Thomas and Margaret (Sullivan) Carberry and they preceded him in death. Read More
  • Hockey with Bishop Paprocki Charity game to be held at United Center

    Hockey with Bishop Paprocki Charity game to be held at United Center Limited number of tickets available; Blackhawks vs. Blues game to follow CHICAGO — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, known as “The Holy Goalie,” along with Chicago Blackhawks alumni, will take to the ice for the 10th annual “Hockey with Bishop Paprocki” at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, March 8 at 2:10 p.m. to benefit Catholic Charities Legal Services (CCLS), which provides free legal assistance in civil matters to those with little to no income living in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Read More
  • Hundreds from diocese attend March for Life

    Hundreds from diocese attend March for Life WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amid the throng of hundreds of thousands of people carrying banners and signs in the nation’s capital on Jan. 24 at the 47th annual March for Life were close to 500 members of the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The Springfield diocese was represented by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, a number of priests, religious sisters and seminarians, other adult chaperones and of course, hundreds of youth. Bishop Paprocki met the pilgrims in Washington, D.C., celebrating a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, visiting with various diocesan groups and then taking part in the march. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47
  • 48
  • 49
  • 50
  • 51
  • 52
  • 53
  • 54
  • 55
  • 56
  • 57
  • 58
  • 59
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 63
  • 64
  • 65
  • 66
  • 67
  • 68
  • 69
  • 70
  • 71
  • 72
  • 73
  • 74
  • 75
  • 76
  • 77
  • 78
  • 79
  • 80
  • 81
  • 82
  • 83
  • 84
  • 85
  • 86
  • 87
  • 88
  • 89
  • 90
  • 91
  • 92
  • 93
  • 94
  • 95
  • 96
  • 97
  • 98
  • 99
  • 100
  • 101
  • 102
  • 103
  • 104
  • 105
  • 106
  • 107
  • 108
  • 109
  • 110
  • 111
  • 112
  • 113
  • 114
  • 115
  • 116
  • 117
  • 118
  • 119
  • 120
  • 121
  • 122
  • 123
  • 124
  • 125
  • 126
  • 127
  • 128
  • 129
  • 130