Diocesan Life Articles

  • Helping Our Neighbors - Pass it On

  • Father McGivney Catholic High School celebrates beatification of Father McGivney

    Father McGivney Catholic High School celebrates beatification of Father McGivney GLEN CARBON — Students, faculty, staff, school families, members of the Knights of Columbus, priests, and Bishop Thomas John Paprocki all celebrated the beatification of now Blessed Father Michael McGivney at Father McGivney Catholic High School in Glen Carbon Oct. 31 with Mass and a light reception. Read More
  • Beauty Series - St. Francis Xavier—Jerseyville

    Beauty Series - St. Francis Xavier—Jerseyville Since 1871, St. Francis Xavier Church in Jerseyville has brought the physical beauty of Catholicism to life for area Catholics.Since 1871, St. Francis Xavier Church in Jerseyville has brought the physical beauty of Catholicism to life for area Catholics. Read More
  • Pope Francis’ comments on civil unions taken out of context

    Pope Francis’ comments on civil unions taken out of context ‘Marriage is between a man and a woman’ Pope Francis has said Last month, media from around the world ran a story indicating Pope Francis said that he supports civil unions during an interview in the recently released documentary Francesco. The headlines and stories created a stir around the globe, especially among the Catholic faithful. Questions about the context of the interview, what Pope Francis really said, what quotes did not make it into the documentary, and differing translations and opinions added to the chaos. Some even wrongly speculated Pope Francis was conveying his support for same-sex relations or approving Read More
  • Deadline is looming to help students in need with this year’s Catholic education

    Deadline is looming to help students in need with this year’s Catholic education Once again, this year, people have the opportunity to help students in Catholic schools and receive a tax credit at the same time, thanks to the Invest in Kids Act. And in 2020, more than any time since the scholarship tax credit program was passed by the House and Senate and signed by the governor, more donations are needed to help Catholic school families in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Read More
  • Central Illinois native and WWII veteran Recognizes that Life is ’all about heaven'

    Central Illinois native and WWII veteran Recognizes that Life is ’all about heaven' QUINCY — John Hogan, a veteran of the United States Navy, is a true gentleman of the “Greatest Generation.” He is a man of few words, but of great faith, and has handed down a clear legacy of faith, family, generosity, and hard work to all those who know him. Almost always wearing his Navy hat, Hogan was proud to serve our country during World War II and resides at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy alongside hundreds of others who have served in the Armed Forces. He is a life-long Catholic. Read More
  • Life of Quincy’s Venerable Father Tolton to be displayed on marble panels at Church of St. Peter

    Life of Quincy’s Venerable Father Tolton to be displayed on marble panels at Church of St. Peter QUINCY — Trying to figure out a way to disguise nine metal plates that were put into a brick wall at the parking lot at the Church of St. Peter in Quincy, Msgr. Leo Enlow, pastor, had one of those moments you could only describe as providential. “After much thought and prayer, it came to me to have a display of Venerable Father Augustine Tolton’s life since he was a member of our parish,” Msgr. Enlow said. “So, I was looking around for an artist and one of our parishioners, Tim Haubrich, who runs PAM printers and Sunday Missal Service (in Read More
  • Funeral Mass held for Father Donohoe, priest for 70 years

    ALTON — Father Peter J. Donohoe, 95, died peacefully on Oct. 26, at his home surrounded by family. He was the oldest diocesan priest in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and celebrated 70 years of priesthood in May. Read More
  • Cathedral to host novena

    The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield will host a novena to honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary starting Nov. 30. Read More
  • The Catholic funeral rites

    The Catholic funeral rites Why it’s happening less and how you can ensure Why it’s happening less and how you can ensure at your death you receive these critical graces It’s becoming a growing problem in the Catholic Church — fewer funeral Masses and a big reason has nothing to do with the faith of the deceased. Read More
  • Pray for the dead – do it, please

    Pray for the dead – do it,  please Why a funeral Mass and your continued prayers are critical for deceased It’s a spiritual work of mercy, to pray for the living and the dead. The Catholic Church teaches that not only does Purgatory exist but praying for the souls who are being purified of their sins benefits them and hastens their journey to Heaven. Read More
  • Catholic Cemeteries – why you should choose to be laid to rest there

    Catholic Cemeteries –  why you should choose to be laid to rest there As a veteran, he could have been buried for free at Camp Butler in Springfield. As a former mayor of Springfield, it would have also made sense to be buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery. But for Ossie Langfelder, he chose to be buried alongside his wife, Midge, at Calvary Cemetery. Why? Ossie’s daughter, Julia Frevert, says it all came down to one thing: our Catholic faith. Read More
  • Interesting people buried at Catholic cemeteries in our diocese

  • Long married couples attend Mass in their honor

    Long married couples attend Mass in their honor Traveling to Springfield from around the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, approximately 60 couples were at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 25 for the annual Mass for couples married 50 years or more. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki concelebrated the Mass with Msgr. David Hoefler, vicar general. Read More
  • Vocations director addresses fears with religious vocations

    At the end of September, our diocese launched the “Be Not Afraid” campaign to address the many fears that we face as human beings, especially during these uncertain times. As people of faith, we have the words of Jesus, who repeats on multiple occasions in the Gospels: “Be not afraid.” One of the early videos released during this campaign was a set of testimonies from several of our seminarians, sharing the fears that they faced upon entering the seminary and how they have overcome those fears. Their words, spoken from the heart, are inspiring to hear and they show how Read More
  • Three vocations. Three different fears. Three beautiful outcomes.

    Three vocations. Three different fears. Three beautiful outcomes. Deacon Wayne Zimmerman In June 2002, Bishop George Lucas started the permanent deacon program in the diocese and the first class was nearly or completely formed. One Sunday morning my pastor, Father Bob Jallas, asked me if I would be interested in joining them. I did not think about it long when I told him that I didn’t feel called to it. I told my wife, Helen, about our conversation and she did not say much. Over the next few weeks, various people in my life such a woman who worked in the parish office, Helen’s aunt, and other friends Read More
  • Beauty Series - Ss. Peter and Paul, Alton

    Beauty Series - Ss. Peter and Paul, Alton The parish of Ss. Peter and Paul in Alton dates back to 1838 when Masses were held in a home in Upper Alton. Today, the church, which was finished in 1857, carries as much history as any church in our diocese. Read More
  • Father Wolford tells his faith journey

    In my journey of faith, the concepts of vocation and mission are forever entwined. Growing up in a very Catholic family, going to Catholic grade school and high school, and being very active in my home parish, I had naturally thought of being a priest over the years. But I never seemed ready. In grade school at Holy Family School in Decatur my best friend, Randy, and I had planned to be missionaries together. Then I discovered girls. In 1972 I graduated with a mathematic degree from Millikin University. I was on my way to graduate school at the University Read More
  • Millikin coach’s book provides ways to strengthen your relationship with Christ

    Millikin coach’s book provides ways to strengthen your relationship with Christ In the summer of 2003, Kramer Soderberg was listening to a coach give a motivational talk that used an analogy of different size cups and filling your cup, regardless of the size. This singular speech motivated him to be the best basketball player that he could be — as well as the best Catholic he can be. Little did Soderberg know how that speech would lead him to writing a book, Fill Your Cup for Christ, which illustrates practical ways to evaluate your spiritual cup. Read More
  • Fear in the Night

    Fear in the Night From the depths of the night a sound jolted me from my peaceful sleep. I thought, “This is it; someone is breaking in!” I always imagined that when confronted with this situation, my 5-foot-1-inch self would turn into a Ninja Warrior. To my dismay, that did not happen. In fact, the fear shot through my entire body completely paralyzing me. As time seemed to freeze, so did my arms. I was holding my breath for fear I would create an ounce of noise. I could not reach for my phone — paralyzed with fear — even though it was a mere 6 Read More
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