Diocesan Life Articles

  • Inviting you to participate in a new Season of Stewardship

    Inviting you to participate in a new Season of Stewardship The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought a time of uncertainty, discomfort, and illness. We could never imagine empty pews at the Cathedral for Sunday Mass or asking priests to celebrate Mass alone and share it online with their parishioners. Many of us are unsure of the year ahead and the changes still to come which may cause disruption in our lives. However, during challenging times we are called to respond as disciples. The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought a time of uncertainty, discomfort, and illness. We could never imagine empty pews at the Cathedral for Sunday Mass or asking priests to Read More
  • St. Jerome Parish observes anniversaries

    St. Jerome Parish observes anniversaries TROY — At the end of September, St. Jerome Catholic Parish will mark two anniversaries: the 150th of the parish, and the 1,600th of the death of its patron saint. In 1870, the Catholic Christians of Troy began celebrating Mass in a rented room above a blacksmith’s shop. Priests from Highland served at Troy until the late 19th century, when the parish managed to secure a resident pastor. The parish campus has been at its present location along South Main Street since the 1890s. The current church building was dedicated in 1987. Read More
  • Key Club at SHG installs student officers

    Key Club at SHG installs student officers The Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, has installed its new student officers for the 2020-2021 school year.   Read More
  • Funeral services held for father of Father Haag

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. — Duane O. Haag of St. Simons Island, Ga., father of Father Michael Haag of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away at his home on Aug. 22. He was 83 years old and had formerly lived in Morton. Read More
  • DCJH intern set to begin visiting parishes and principals

    Tom Purcell of Effingham will be serving as an intern in the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries from September 2020 through May 2021. In his new role, Purcell will be visiting and talking to parishes and principals to increase awareness about the annual Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) program and ways people can help increase understanding and support for DCJH.  Read More
  • Generous gift drives St. Louis School raffle

    Generous gift drives St. Louis School raffle NOKOMIS — When Pierre “Nic” Antoine arrived as the new principal of St. Louis School in Nokomis on Aug. 1, he knew challenges were ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of them being financial. With large groups being unable to gather, most fundraising events are not possible. But Antoine says that he an optimist, relying on his faith and his fellow Catholics who are committed to Catholic education.   Read More
  • Celebrating Catechetical Sunday

    The Catholic Church in the United States has designated the third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday, an annual opportunity to recognize everyone involved in the ministry of catechesis in the parish. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) writes on their website, “Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.” As a church, we give thanks to those who dedicate themselves to the ministry of catechesis and commission those in the service of the church Read More
  • Catechists achieve various levels of certification

    The Catechist Formation Process is a religious studies and Christian experience process for all catechists in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The process is offered and administered by the Office for Catholic Education, and its general purpose is to provide opportunities for catechists to enrich their love and knowledge of the Catholic faith in order to be more effective communicators of the Gospel to those whom they are called to minister. Read More
  • Diocese honors catechists for years of service

    At the end of each school year, catechists in parish school of religion (PSR) programs in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special anniversaries. Honorees from 2019-2020 received a catechist certificate signed by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Kyle Holtgrave, director for Catechesis. Read More
  • Honoring our teachers: Presenting the first annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

    Honoring our teachers: Presenting the first annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award She received a standing ovation from her colleagues. Tears filled her eyes. She was filled with an emotional gratitude you could hear in her voice. That was the scene on Aug. 12 at Christ the King’s parish center as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki surprised Janine Desmarteau-Morris with the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois’ first annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. Read More
  • In Memoriam - Sister Genevieve Goessling, OSU

    In Memoriam - Sister Genevieve Goessling, OSU ST. LOUIS — Sister Genevieve Goessling, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 12 at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Mo. Born Barbara Ann on Feb. 7, 1939, in St. Louis to John Gregory and Genevieve Dennis Goessling, Sister Genevieve grew up in Alton. She entered the Ursulines in 1957 and professed her vows in 1960. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of New Rochelle in New York. Read More
  • SIUE’s Newman Center lands FOCUS missionaries

    SIUE’s Newman Center lands FOCUS missionaries Edwardsville — Willie Jansen would have never guessed the path God had for him. Growing up in Dieterich, he went to high school in Teutopolis. Thinking about the vocation of priesthood, he studied in the seminary for our diocese for four years and graduated with a philosophy degree from Marian University in 2015. Read More
  • The wonder of God’s creation

    The wonder of God’s creation It was a rich, colorful, and mesmerizing beauty as they had never seen before, but to get there, they had to endure battling Mother Nature, leave the comforts of a bed and a home, push their body and spirit, and drive 18 hours. Eleven men, from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, took part in a four-day adventure pilgrimage to Wyoming July 31-Aug. 8. The expedition, focusing on physical endurance and boosting one’s faith life, was part of The Legion of Valor, a new men’s group in the diocese that focuses on brotherhood, virtue, and mission. Read More
  • Eight Catholic schools welcome new principals

    As the new school year begins this month, eight Catholic grade schools in various areas of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are counting on new principals to lead the way into the future. Brandi Borries, superintendent of Catholic Schools, has been meeting and speaking to these principals and says she is excited to see the direction they will be taking both students and staff members. “We are blessed with an enthusiastic group of new administrators who answered the call to be a part of Catholic education in our diocese,” Borries said. “They bring a wealth of great experience to Read More
  • Catholic schools reopen across diocese

    Catholic schools reopen across diocese The sound of laughter, “hellos,” students joyfully yelling their friend’s names, and teachers welcoming back students is filling classrooms in Catholic schools across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois once again. Schools have officially reopened, although to different looks and dozens of new safety precautions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite that, the feelings of joy, excitement, positive anticipation and looking forward to starting new friendships, celebrating school Mass, and learning are on new levels this year considering the coronavirus resulted in students learning from home in March, April, and May last school year. Read More
  • Real world questions, real Catholic answers 

    Real world questions, real Catholic answers  Join Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as they launch a three-part series, “Real world questions, real Catholic answers.” Hosts Andrew Hansen and Amber Cerveny talk with Father Chris House, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Springfield and Father Michael Friedel, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Decatur, about challenging topics that can be difficult for Catholics to tackle. Read More
  • Funeral Mass held for mother of Father Ring

    PARIS — Evelyn Ann Ring, mother of Father Joseph Ring, passed away Aug. 9 in Paris Community Hospital. She was 93. She was born March 24, 1927 in Edgar County, the daughter of the late Theodore and Bertha Rapp Stolz. She married James C. Ring Oct. 9, 1954 in Paris and he passed away Nov. 8, 1992. Read More
  • Puppy love: A dog can be priest’s best friend

    Puppy love:  A dog can be priest’s best friend Three priests, three lucky dogs and an abundance of puppy love — could it get any better? Let’s take a look at the men who make a great case for priests having pets: Msgr. Leo Enlow, with his German Shepherd mix Abbie; Father Joseph Havrilka, with his mixed-breed Boško; and Father Steven Arisman, with his Dachshund Bella. Read More
  • Happy birthday, Marie! In Brussels, family and friends help celebrate woman turning 100

    Happy birthday, Marie!   In Brussels, family and friends help celebrate woman turning 100 In Brussels, family and friends help celebrate woman turning 100 BRUSSELS — Last year, when Sarah Kinder was taking then 99-year-old Marie Held home after Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary Church in Brussels, Held made a special request. “Marie lives across the street from me. Her mother and my grandmother were sisters,” Kinder explains. “One night she said, ‘If I live to be 100, check to see if the Mass on that Saturday is available for me.’” Read More
  • Belleville and Peoria dioceses install new bishops

    St. Louis and Joliet to install new bishops in coming weeks It was a joyous two-day celebration for tens of thousands of Catholics in Illinois as two of the dioceses in our province have new bishops. On July 22, Bishop Michael McGovern was installed as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Belleville at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Then, on July 23, Bishop Louis Tylka was installed as the coadjutor bishop of Peoria at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception.Bishop McGovern comes from Chicago, where he was a parish priest. He replaced the now retired Bishop Read More
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