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Comings and Goings

As I sit down to write this at the end of August, two massive societal earthquakes continue to dominate the news cycle: the deadly demonstration and counter-demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia that unmasked a shocking vein of white supremacy in our country, and the once-in-a-millennium rainfall, produced by Hurricane Harvey, that has wreaked havoc on the [...]

Tabora Trip 2017

A verbal report from Bishop Martins from July 4th 2017: "Celebrating 4 July outside the United States means no fireworks, no parades, and no displays of Old Glory. But we had a great day anyway. We piled into Bishops Elias' SUV and took a hour's drive northeast to the village of Ndaba. St Matthew's, Bloomington [...]

Tabora Trip Updates

A verbal report from Bishop Martins from yesterday (7/4): "Celebrating 4 July outside the United States means no fireworks, no parades, and no displays of Old Glory. But we had a great day anyway. We piled into Bishops Elias' SUV and took a hour's drive northeast to the village of Ndaba. St Matthew's, Bloomington had [...]

Meet Our New Communications Coordinator

This is Paige Daugherty. She's the new Communications Coordinator for the Diocese of Springfield. Paige is a native of Springfield and a graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School. In 2016, she received her bachelor's degree in communication from Illinois State University, so she's excited to have her first job in her chosen field. We've never [...]

Ite, Missa Est!

"Ite, missa est!" That's Latin for, "Go, you are dismissed." For hundreds and hundreds of years, in the Latin rite, this is how the Deacon tells the people that their liturgy--their solemn duty and joyful privilege--has been successfully performed, and they are free to go. Indeed, they are not just free to go, they need [...]

An Advent Meditation on the General Thanksgiving

... or, one part thereof, at any rate. This is a refined-for-written-form version of three meditations I delivered a year ago at an Advent quiet day given at St Stephen's Church in Providence, Rhode Island.    The Redemption of the World Although I am firmly committed to the Prayer Book norm that the Holy Eucharist [...]

Speaking Our Own Language

During my recent sabbatical, I spent eight weeks abroad--about two-thirds of it in Spain, with 12 days in Italy, and a couple of brief peeks into France. My Spanish got fairly decent for most practical purposes, which helped me a great deal with Italian. French will always be a bar too high for me; I [...]

Persecution Watch

What is this unusual yellow symbol? It is the letter "n" in Arabic. Persecutors of Christians in Iraq and elsewhere use it to mark the homes of "Nazarenes," their pejorative term for Christians. When their homes are marked, it makes it easier to round up Christians for the latest round of hostilities: be it beheadings, [...]

The Reverend Cynthia Sever was installed as Rector of the Episcopal Parish of Alton on May 21. Gathered in celebration are (back row left to right) Fr. Gary Nowlin, Fr. Sean Ferrell, Bishop of Springfield , The Right Reverend Daniel Martins, Fr. Ian Wetmore, Fr. Gary Goldacker. Middle row, Fr. Dale Coleman, Mother Jane Flaherty, [...]

On January 31, 2016, The Rev. Christopher L. Ashmore celebrated The Holy Eucharist for the final time as Rector of Trinity Church (Jacksonville). After the service, the Parish held a reception for him, presented him with a gift, and unveiled his portrait. It will join the portraits of other long-term Rectors in the hallway. Father [...]