Diocesan Life Articles

  • What is the Catholic school difference?

    What is the Catholic school difference? 2021 Catholic Schools Week Edition Read More
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  • Is your new year’s resolution to increase your spirituality and faith life?

    Is your new year’s resolution to increase your spirituality and faith life? Here are tips to make that happen in 2021! The two fundamentals most lacking in the spiritual lives of most people today, I believe, are curiosity and imagination. Read More
  • Ten tips to keep Christ in Christmas

    Ten tips to keep Christ in Christmas When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 26, radio stations turn off Christmas music and department stores box up their Christmas displays. But for us as Christians, Christmas has only just begun. Here are 10 tips for keeping Christ in Christmas. Read More
  • Funeral Mass celebrated for father of Father Probst

    EFFINGHAM — Raymond A. “Bud” Probst, of Effingham, the father of Father R. Dean Probst of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away on Dec. 7, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. He was 95 years old. Raymond was born on March 31, 1925, in Island Grove, the son of Leo and Helen (Verdeyen) Probst. He married Gertrude M. Bloemer on July 12, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 1992. Read More
  • Beauty Series: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Springfield

  • St. Ambrose celebrates as two students win national MCA art contest

    St. Ambrose celebrates as two students win national MCA art contest GODFREY — Two St. Ambrose School students were recently celebrated for being winners in the annual Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) national Christmas artwork contest. Mya Pickens and Kenzie Ingram were both recognized during an outdoor assembly when Donna Moore, director for Pro-Life, Missions and Special Ministries, visited the school a few weeks ago. Read More
  • March for Life: Transforming hearts, inspiring young people

    March for Life: Transforming hearts, inspiring young people How to sign up for D.C. trip, which will look different this year Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the March for Life pilgrimage will look a different this year. Tony Cerveny, the director of Youth and Sports Ministry and Sister M. Veritas Wilks, FSGM, the director of Youth and Women’s Ministry at the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, will be leading events in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life Jan. 28-29 for the people of our diocese. Read More
  • St. Joseph: Why you should turn to Jesus’ foster father for help, especially this Christmas

  • Beauty Series - St. Mary, Paris

  • My journey with Angela

    My journey with Angela Have you ever been asked to do something out of your comfort zone? Over five years ago, due to family adversity, my sister asked me if her then 14-year-old daughter Angela could move from Wisconsin to Springfield to live with me and attend high school in Springfield. I felt God tugging at my heart to accept this new challenge. Also, I did not want to arrive at heaven’s pearly gates and have God say, “I gave you an opportunity to help someone and you refused.” I knew this was the right thing to do. Of course, I reminded God that Read More
  • Saint Louis University to partner with St. Patrick Catholic School

    Saint Louis University to partner with  St. Patrick Catholic School Since 2015, the Billiken Teacher Corps (BTC) at Saint Louis University has placed new teachers in some of St. Louis’ hardest to staff Catholic schools. Beginning in 2021, the program will send teachers to St. Patrick Catholic School in Springfield. This is the first time the BTC has partnered with a school outside of the St. Louis metropolitan area.  Read More
  • How to help children cope with stress

    Anxiety advice for parents and caregivers With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, children are facing additional stress related to school, lack of sports and interaction with peers, and many new routines. Managing the stress and anxiety of so much change looks different for each child within each family. Read More
  • Preparing for Christmas

    Are you saying ‘yes’ to God, especially during this pandemic? There is a lot to learn about the spiritual life. There are different stages, types of prayer, virtues, and strategies for being Jesus’ disciples. However, we could condense being a disciple or saint simply to one word: Yes. To be a saint is to be one who constantly says “yes.” Conversely, rejecting God or his plan, sinning, or stepping off the path of discipleship could be condensed down to one word: No. Read More
  • Looking into the Eyes of Christ

    Looking into the Eyes of Christ It’s a Saturday morning as rain pours down in Springfield. A steady wind and chillier than expected temperatures add to the misery outside. Yet there, on the corner of North Fifth and Carpenter streets, sits an elderly man with a sign: “Homeless. Anything helps.” You can hardly see his face as he tries to take some sort of cover while the rain is pelting him. Cars are driving by. No one is stopping. No one really looks. Help seems hopeless. It’s a Saturday morning as rain pours down in Springfield. A steady wind and chillier than expected temperatures add to the Read More
  • Meet Sister Therese Fang, OSF

    Meet Sister Therese Fang, OSF Her story began in China 100 years ago Sister Therese Fang, OSF, celebrates her 100th birthday on Nov. 27 at her home at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. Read More
  • While praying and driving past a cemetery, he heard something that is engrained in memory

    A few years ago, I began praying for those in purgatory as I drove by any cemetery that I came upon. A series of, one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be prayers was a carryover from my days in the Knights of Columbus honor guards. We would do this series at every funeral wake we were asked to stand guard at. It was our way of a sendoff to a brother or sister. To me, it made a lot of sense to remember, that as Catholics, we believe that Jesus destroyed the power of death by his Read More
  • The best antidote to fear may surprise you

    The best antidote to fear may surprise you Since the beginning of 2020, a wave of fear has swept across our nation and world as we have wrestled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, in the United States, a summer of turmoil regarding racial issues has added another layer of fear, anxiety, and frustration for many. Mix in the uncertainty of academic and social structures available to our children and that leaves many moms and dads fearful of what lies ahead for their families. Read More
  • St. Ambrose Saints give thanks to heroes

    St. Ambrose Saints give thanks to heroes GODFREY — Bob Baird, the new principal of St. Ambrose School in Godfrey, says he is “very proud” of the parent community response to the school’s Saints Helping Heroes program, that recognizes and thanks local heroes with tokens of appreciation. “This is a staff-led program that is organized by one of our PreK teachers, Lisa Jacobs,” Baird said. “The program was created last year to honor local firefighters and we have expanded this year to recognize and honor a group, organization, individual, or family each month.” Read More
  • Novena to take place at cathedral in Springfield, beginning Nov. 30

    A novena to honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception each evening at 7 p.m. except on Dec. 8 when the novena will conclude with the 5:15 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Each evening, there will be a holy hour consisting of exposition, a liturgy of the Word, homily, rosary, and Benediction with the novena prayer and the recitation of the Litany of Loreto after reposition. A novena to honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated Nov. Read More
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