Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

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Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Dioecesis Campifontis in Illinois
Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.svg
Location
Country United States
Territory 28 counties across south central Illinois
Ecclesiastical province Chicago
Metropolitan Chicago
Statistics
Area 39,195 km2 (15,133 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
1,187,100
165,548 (13.9%)
Parishes 131
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 29, 1853 as the Diocese of Quincy;
January 9, 1857 as the Diocese of Alton;
October 26, 1923 as the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Patron saint Mary, the Immaculate Conception
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki
Emeritus Bishops Daniel L. Ryan, J.C.L.
Map
Diocese of Springfield (Illinois - USA).jpg
Website
www.dio.org
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois (Latin: Dioecesis Campifontis in Illinois) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the south central Illinois region of the United States. The prelate is a bishop serving as pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

A diocese of the Metropolitan Province of Chicago, the metropolitan bishop of Springfield in Illinois is the Archbishop of Chicago. On 20 April 2010, Pope Benedict named Thomas J. Paprocki as the ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, replacing Archbishop Lucas. Bishop Paprocki had previously been an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago under Cardinal George since 2003.[1]

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois comprises the Counties of Adams, Bond, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Menard, Moultrie, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, and Shelby. The counties are organized into seven deaneries: Alton, Decatur, Effingham, Jacksonville, Litchfield, Quincy and Springfield. [2]

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois was established on July 29, 1853 as the Diocese of Quincy. Its name was changed to the Diocese of Alton on January 9, 1857, and its current name came into being on October 26, 1923. [3]

Statistics[edit]

As of 2012:[4]

  • 142,847 Catholics
  • 130 parishes
  • 106 Diocesean Priests (active and retired)
  • 49 Religious Priests
  • 27 Religious Brothers
  • 667 Women Religious
  • 37 Permanent Deacons
  • 2,344 Baptisms
  • 1,980 First Communions
  • 2,041 Confirmations
  • 667 Weddings
  • 1,610 Funerals
  • 294 Scheduled Weekend Masses

As of 2007:[5]

  • 151,601 Catholics
  • 132 parishes
  • 87 active priests; 62 religious institute priests
  • 122 diocesan priests (including retired and serving outside the diocese)
  • 6 Catholic hospitals

Parishes[edit]

There are currently 130 parishes in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.[4] The Diocese also operates campus ministry centers at 9 colleges and universities within its boundaries.[6]

Parishes of the Springfield, Illinois, Diocese by County.[7]
County City Parish Website
Adams Camp Point St. Thomas
Liberty St. Brigid
Mendon St. Edward
Quincy Blessed Sacrament Parish http://www.blessedsacramentquincy.org/
St. Anthony of Padua http://www.stanthonypadua.org/
St. Francis Solanus http://www.stfrancissolanus.com/
St. Joseph
St. Peter http://www.cospq.org/
St. Rose of Lima http://www.saintrosequincy.org/
Bond Greenville St. Lawrence http://stlawrence.dio.org/
Pierron Immaculate Conception
Pocahontas St. Nicholas
Brown Mt. Sterling Holy Family
Calhoun Brussels Blessed Trinity
Hardin St. Francis of Assisi http://www.stfrancisofassisiparish.com/
Cass Arenzville St. Fidelis
Ashland St. Augustine
Beardstown St. Alexius
Virginia St. Luke
Christian Assumption Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Kincaid St. Rita
Morrisonville St. Maurice
Pana St. Patrick http://www.stpatspana.com/
Stonington Holy Trinity
Taylorville St. Mary
Clark Casey St. Charles Borromeo http://www.stcharlescasey.catholicweb.com/
Marshall St. Mary http://www.stmarysmarshall.catholicweb.com/
Coles Charleston St. Charles Borromeo http://www.saintcharleschurch.org/
Mattoon Immaculate Conception http://www.mattoonimmaculateconception.org/
Crawford Oblong Our Lady of Lourdes
Robinson St. Elizabeth http://www.crawfordcountycatholics.com/
Cumberland Greenup Christ the King
Lillyville Sacred Heart
Neoga St. Mary of the Assumption
Douglas Arcola St. John the Baptist
Tuscola Forty Martyrs
Villa Grove Sacred Heart
Edgar Hume St. Michael
North Arm St. Aloysius Mission
Paris St. Mary http://www.stmaryschurchparis.org/
Effingham Altamont St. Clare
Dieterich St. Isidore the Farmer
Edgewood St. Anne
Effingham Sacred Heart http://www.sheff.org/
St. Anthony of Padua http://www.stanthony.com/
Effingham (Green Creek) St. Mary Help of Christians
Montrose St. Rose of Lima
Shumway Annunciation
Sigel St. Michael the Archangel http://www.fourparishes.com/
Teutopolis St. Francis of Assisi http://www.stfrancischurch.com/
Fayette Ramsey St. Joseph
St. Elmo St. Bonaventure Church
St. Mary
Vandalia Mother of Dolors http://www.motherofdolors.com/
Greene Carrollton St. John the Evangelist http://www.stjohnscarrollton.com/
Greenfield St. Michael
White Hall All Saints
Jasper Newton St. Thomas the Apostle http://www.stthomassaints.com/
Sainte Marie St. Mary of the Assumption
Jersey Beltrees St. Michael
Fieldon St. Mary
Grafton St. Patrick
Jerseyville Holy Ghost
St. Francis Xavier http://www.stfrancis-jerseyville.org/
Macon Decatur Holy Family http://www.decaturholyfamily.com/
Our Lady of Lourdes http://www.ololchurch.com/
Ss. James and Patrick Parish http://www.saintsjamesandpatrick.org/
St. Thomas the Apostle http://www.stthomasdec.com/
Mt. Zion Our Lady of the Holy Spirit http://www.mtzolhs.org/
Macoupin Benld St. Joseph
Brighton St. Alphonsus
Carlinville Ss. Mary and Joseph http://www.ssmjc.org/
Gillespie Ss. Simon and Jude
Girard St. Patrick http://www.triparishff.com/
Medora St. John the Evangelist
Mt. Olive Blessed Pope John Paul II
Staunton St. Michael the Archangel
Virden Sacred Heart http://www.triparishff.com/
Madison Alton St. Mary (Immaculate Conception) http://www.stmarysalton.com/
Ss. Peter and Paul http://www.ssppalton.com/
Bethalto Our Lady of Peace
Collinsville Ss. Peter and Paul http://www.saintspeter-paul.org/
Edwardsville St. Boniface http://www.st-boniface.com/
St. Mary http://www.stmaryedw.org/
Glen Carbon St. Cecilia http://www.stcparish.org/
Godfrey St. Ambrose http://www.saintambroseparish.org/
Granite City Holy Family http://www.holyfamilygc.org/
St. Elizabeth
Grantfork St. Gertrude
Highland St. Paul http://www.stpaul-church.com/
Livingston Sacred Heart
Madison St. Mary and St. Mark
Marine St. Elizabeth
Maryville Mother of Perpetual Help http://www.mphrcc.org/
St. Jacob St. James
Troy St. Jerome http://www.stjeromeparish.org/
Wood River Holy Angels http://www.holyangelsparish.com/
Menard Athens Holy Family
Petersburg St. Peter http://spp.dio.org/
Moultrie Bethany St. Isidore
Stonington Holy Trinity
Sullivan St. Columcille
Montgomery Farmersville St. Mary
Hillsboro St. Agnes http://www.stagneshillsboro.com/
Litchfield Holy Family
Nokomis St. Louis http://www.stlouis-nokomis.k12.il.us/
Raymond St. Raymond
Morgan Alexander Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary http://www.quadpastoralunit.com/
Franklin Sacred Heart http://www.quadpastoralunit.com/
Jacksonville Our Saviour http://www.oursaviourparish.org/
Waverly St. Sebastian http://www.quadpastoralunit.com/
Pike Pittsfield St. Mary
Sangamon Auburn Holy Cross
Chatham St. Joseph the Worker http://www.stjoschatham.org/
Illiopolis Resurrection
New Berlin Sacred Heart of Mary http://www.quadpastoralunit.com/
Riverton St. James http://www.stjamesrivertonil.org/
Rochester St. Jude http://stjude.dio.org/
Sherman St. John Vianney http://sjv.dio.org/
Springfield Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception http://cathedral.dio.org/
Blessed Sacrament http://www.bsps.org/
Christ the King http://www.ctkparish.com/
Church of the Little Flower http://www.littleflowerchurch.net/
St. Agnes http://www.stagnescatholicparish.org/
St. Aloysius http://www.saintaloysius.org/
St. Francis Xavier Cabrini http://stcabrini.dio.org/
St. Joseph http://stjoseph.dio.org/
St. Katherine Drexel
Scott Winchester St. Mark
Shelby Moweaqua St. Francis DeSales
Oconee Sacred Heart
Shelbyville Immaculate Conception http://www.shelbyvilleicchurch.net/



In addition to these parishes, the Diocese operates campus ministry centers at the following institutions:

Catholic schools[edit]

Preschools[edit]

There is currently 1 preschool in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.[8]

  • St. John the Worker Preschool, Chatham, Illinois

Elementary Schools[edit]

There are currently 40 elementary schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.[8]

  • Ss. Peter and Paul, Jacksonville, Alton, Illinois
  • St. Mary, Alton, Illinois
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Bethalto, Illinois
  • St. Mary, Brussels, Illinois
  • St. John the Evangelist, Carrollton, Illinois
  • Ss. Peter and Paul, Collinsville, Illinois
  • Holy Family, Decatur, Illinois
  • St. Patrick, Decatur, Illinois
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Decatur, Illinois
  • St. Boniface, Edwardsville, Illinois
  • St. Mary, Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Sacred Heart, Effingham, Illinois
  • St. Anthony, Effingham, Illinois
  • St. Ambrose Catholic School, Godfrey, Illinois
  • Holy Family, Granite City, Illinois
  • St. Elizabeth, Granite City, Illinois
  • St. Norbert, Hardin, Illinois
  • St. Paul, Highland, Illinois
  • Our Saviour, Jacksonville, Illinois
  • St. Francis- Holy Ghost School, Jerseyville, Illinois
  • St. John Newmann, Maryville, Illinois
  • St. Mary, Mattoon, Illinois
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, Newton, Illinois
  • St. Louis, Nokomis, Illinois
  • Sacred Heart, Pana, Illinois
  • St. Mary, Paris, Illinois
  • Blessed Sacrament, Quincy, Illinois
  • St. Dominic, Quincy, Illinois
  • St. Francis Solanus, Quincy, Illinois
  • St. Peter, Quincy, Illinois
  • St. Michael, Sigel, Illinois
  • Blessed Sacrament, Springfield, Illinois
  • Cathedral School, Springfield, Illinois
  • Christ the King, Springfield, Illinois
  • Little Flower, Springfield, Illinois
  • St. Agnes, Springfield, Illinois
  • St. Aloysius, Springfield, Illinois
  • St. Patrick Catholic School, Springfield, Illinois
  • St. Michael, Staunton, Illinois
  • St. Mary, Taylorville, Illinois


High Schools[edit]

There are currently 7 high schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.[9]

This does not count Ursuline Academy, closed in 2007.

Universities[edit]

There are currently 2 universities in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.[10]

Other Services[edit]

Hospitals[edit]

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois enjoys the services of 6 Catholic hospitals, which assist nearly 520,000 patients annually.[4]

Special Residences[edit]

  • Brother James Court, Springfield, Illinois - A long term care facility for developmentally disabled men
  • St. Joseph's Home, Springfield, Illinois - Sheltered and intermediate care facility

Spiritual Renewal Centers[edit]

Two spiritual renewal centers are available to the Diocese and members of the Springfield community.[11]

  • Chiara Center - Franciscan Retreat and Conference Center, Springfield, Illinois
  • Villa Maria - Catholic Life Center, Springfield, Illinois

Religious Formation Houses[edit]

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate, Godfrey, Illinois

Religious Houses[edit]

The Diocese is home to 14 religious houses.[11]

Alton[edit]

Granite City[edit]

  • Sisters of Divine Providence

Quincy[edit]

  • St. Louis/Chicago Fransican Province of the Sacred Heart, Holy Cross Friary

Springfield[edit]

Ordinaries[edit]

  • Bishop Henry Damian Juncker, former Bishop of the Diocese of Alton (now Springfield in Illinois): named as first bishop of the diocese by Pope Pius IX in 1857; installed 1857-04-28. Born in Fénétrange, France, 1809-08-22. Ordained a priest 1834-03-16. Died 1868-10-02.[12]
  • Bishop Peter Joseph Baltes, former Bishop of the Diocese of Alton (now Springfield in Illinois): named as second bishop of the diocese by Pope Pius IX in 1869; installed 1870-01-23. Born in Ensheim, Germany, 1827-04-07. Ordained a priest 1853-05-21. Died 1886-02-15.[12]
  • Bishop James Ryan, former Bishop of the Diocese of Alton (now Springfield in Illinois): named as third bishop of the diocese by Pope Leo XIII in 1888; installed 1888-05-01. Born in Farnaybridge, Thurles, Ireland, 1848-06-17. Ordained a priest 1871-12-24. Died 1923-07-02.[12]

Priests of the diocese who became bishops[edit]

Arms of Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.svg
Notes
Arms was designed and adopted when the diocese was erected
Adopted
1923
Escutcheon
These arms are composed of a gold (yellow) field on which is displayed a blue cross. Within each quarter that is formed by the cross is a roundel of alternating blue and silver (white) wavy bars. Each of these roundels is known heraldically as a “fountain”. At the center of the cross is a silver (white) crescent.
Symbolism
A gold (yellow) field on which is displayed a blue cross denotes Faith. The fountain is used to represent a small body of water, such as a pond or a spring. So, canting the name of the See City, the background of the diocesan arms is a “field of springs;” thus, Springfield. At the center crescent is to represent the moon, a classic symbolism for our Blessed Mother, in her title of the Immaculate Conception, titular of the Cathedral-church in Springfield.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Press Office of the Holy See
  2. ^ "Deaneries of the Diocese". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "History of the Diocese of Springfield". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Demographic Profile of the Diocese". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  5. ^ The Official Catholic Directory 2007 (published in New Providence, New Jersey: P. J. Kennedy and Sons, 2007)
  6. ^ "Campus Ministries Centers". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Diocesan Parish Directory". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Elementary School Directory". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "High School Directory". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "University Directory". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Councils, Institutes & Ministries". Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Website. Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f David M. Cheney. "Catholic-Hierarchy". Retrieved 2008-01-26. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°46′59″N 89°39′34″W / 39.78306°N 89.65944°W / 39.78306; -89.65944