Next Generation Articles

  • State-sanctioned private school scholarships back in business

    After a false start on Feb. 1, Empower Illinois is once again accepting scholarship applications. Citing what it called “extreme demand” that crashed its computers on Feb. 1, Empower Illinois said in a Feb. 19 media release that “our system has been enhanced to make it easier for families and to manage the demand expected for tax credit scholarships to private schools throughout Illinois.” Read More
  • Cathedral closing parish school

    Citing low enrollment and continued debt, Cathedral School officials in Springfield announced that the school will close at the conclusion of the current academic year. “Coming to this decision has been extremely difficult and painful,” said Father Christopher House, pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish. “I have said in each State of the Parish address since becoming pastor in August 2014, that the parish has been in a state of deficit spending since at least 2011. In spite of budget cuts and reduction in staff, this trend has not been broken.” Read More
  • Diocesan collegians named Father Yunker award winners

    Diocesan collegians named Father Yunker award winners Five college students from a parish in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were among those who shared ,000 in the Father Yunker Student Assistance Fund this academic year. Diocesan recipients include Matthew Banaitis who attends Illinois Wesleyan University and is the son of Karen and Joseph Banaitis of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chatham; Austin Dierkes, who attends the University of Alabama, and his brother Adam who attends Southern Illinois University Carbondale. They are sons of Kathleen and Alec Dierkes of Chatham and members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Also honored were Brooke Metzger, a student of 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
  • Families can now apply for Illinois tax credit scholarships

    Families can now apply for Illinois tax credit scholarships Jan. 31 was the first day that families of K-12 students who attend one of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois could apply for a “Tax Credit Scholarship” made possible by the Invest in Kids Act that was signed into law last year by the governor. “Our schools are doing a really good job of getting information out to both donors and parents,” said Brandi Borries, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools. “Some even set up times in their computer labs for parents to come in and fill out the application.” Read More
  • St. Teresa High School program focuses on international students

    DECATUR — St. Teresa High School is looking at bringing international students to the the school and greater Decatur community. Development director Brandon Barney says they are searching for families to host international students that will be arriving next Fall. Read More
  • Father McGivney names new fitness center for Bishop

    Father McGivney names new fitness center for Bishop Bishop Paprocki surprised with honor after celebrating Catholic Schools Week Mass GLEN CARBON — After concluding Mass celebrating Catholic Schools Week on Jan. 29, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki blessed the newly-completed band room, robotics lab, classrooms and fitness center at Father McGivney Catholic High School in Glen Carbon. Then the school had a surprise for the bishop. Read More
  • And the MCA winner is ...

    And the MCA winner is ... On Dec. 1, McKenzie Baalman, a sixth-grade student at St. Mary School in Brussels, and her parents Colleen and Wayne Baalman, joined other winners and their families at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., for Mass and to celebrate the opening of the display of their winning artwork. The winning entries were displayed throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. Read More
  • Four Father McGivney seniors chosen Illinois State Scholar finalists

    Four Father McGivney seniors chosen Illinois State Scholar finalists GLEN CARBON — Four seniors at Father McGivney Catholic High School have been chosen as Illinois State Scholar finalists. The Father McGivney Catholic High School State Scholars for this year are: Teresa Barz, Magdalynn Fine, Noah Pirtle and Simeona Rasp. This year’s graduating class of 28 students is the school’s third graduating class. In the short five-year history of Father McGivney, the school has produced 12 Illinois State Scholar finalists out of a total of 70 graduates. This achievement is indicative of the importance placed on academics at Father McGivney Catholic High School, noted Principal Joe Lombardi. Read More
  • Three Routt seniors named Illinois State Scholars

  • Sacred Heart-Griffin announces 34 state scholars

    Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield announced that 34 seniors have been recognized as 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars. “It is an honor to have over 20 percent of the senior class selected as Illinois State Scholar finalists,” said Kara Rapacz, principal. “We are proud of the hard work and extraordinary achievements of these young men and women.” Read More
  • Newman grants help students connect with campus ministry

    Newman grants help students connect with campus ministry CHARLESTON, S.C. — The college years are an exciting and rewarding time, but they also can be difficult when it comes to young adults and their faith. Statistics show that up to 80 percent of Catholic students stop going to Mass while they are at college. A new initiative in the Diocese of Charleston aims to stop that trend. Read More
  • Pope Francis: Bishops’ 2018 synod will look to young people

    Proclaiming the joy of the Gospel is the mission entrusted by the Lord to his church. In keeping with this mission Pope Francis is introducing a new approach through a 2018 Bishops’ Synod with the topic, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The Catholic Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today. By listening to young people, the church will once Read More
  • SDCCW announces five college scholarship winners

    The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) has chosen five young women to receive 0 scholarships to use toward their college education. Scholarship applicants are chosen annually. Scholarship chairperson Judy Holmes said a panel of nine judges had a difficult time choosing this year’s winners out of a field of 78 applicants who applied earlier this spring.   Read More
  • Catholic upbringing inspired coaching legend

    Catholic upbringing inspired coaching legend “Having spent 15 years in Catholic schools, my faith life has become the foundation of my life,” Madi Connors said confidently during her testimony at the Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Springboard event in Springfield. “In having the privilege of going to Marquette [Catholic High School], I have the opportunity to speak openly of my faith and my relationship with God.” Read More
  • May named to all-state academic team

    May named to all-state academic team Routt Catholic High School senior Patrick May, son of Michelle and Michael May, has been named an honorable mention recipient to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team. He was chosen from 475 students who were nominated by their principals and is one of only 50 students selected.   Read More
  • SHG student named National Merit scholarship finalist

    SHG student named National Merit scholarship finalist Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield has announced that John Stegeman, the son of James and Susan Stegeman, has been named as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Stegeman joins approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth million to be offered this spring to National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Read More
  • Marquette team excels at engineering competition

    Marquette team excels at engineering competition ALTON — The engineering team at Marquette Catholic High School took third place at the recent “Hackathon” sponsored by World Wide Technology, an engineering firm based in St. Louis. The competition required student teams to use technology to solve a current problem at their school or in the community. Read More
  • SDCCW opens scholarship competition

    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
  • QU student published by national organization

    QU student published by national organization QUINCY — Quincy University sophomore, Ian Heinze, was recently published by the National Alzheimer’s Association for a story he wrote about his grandma, who has had Alzheimer’s for a few years. His story, A Forgotten Lifetime, was published in late November. “It started off just as notes I would jot down while visiting her,” said Heinze. “These notes hastily evolved into a gnawing need for her story to be written down.” Read More
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