News in the Diocese for May 2022

BISHOP CONSECRATION We are now less than two weeks away from the consecration of the Right Reverend Brian K. Burgess as the twelfth Bishop of Springfield. The Transition Committee is pleased to report that arrangements are proceeding well, with all signs favorable for a glorious day of liturgy, music, and fellowship that occurs only very [...]

News in the Diocese for April

The Transition Committee has been busy making plans for a gala celebration of the consecration of the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, the Very Reverend Brian Burgess. The liturgy of Ordination and Consecration will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 am in the Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle, with a reception [...]

pdf of the Standing Committee letter here pdf of The Bishop-elect's letter here   Dear friends in Christ, The Standing Committee is pleased to announce that sufficient consents have been received to the election and consecration of the Very Rev. Brian K. Burgess as the 12th Bishop of Springfield. We have received confirmation from the [...]

ULTREYA – What a strange word!

by Bob Vaughn What is this March 5th Zoom event all about? Ultreya is a Spanish word, derived from Latin. It is a common greeting of encouragement for pilgrims on a trek, like the famous Camino de Santiago routes in Spain. It roughly means “Onward!” or “Keep going!” It is great way to encourage our [...]

Tree Care for Your Church

by Danny Shuler St Thomas, Salem With a few exceptions, the churches in the Diocese of Springfield have one thing in common, they're pretty old. Old churches, with a few exceptions, have something else in common, they're surrounded by old trees. Old trees can be a lovely site, they can also be a hazard and [...]

Progress in Alton: New Church Doors!

The post-fire restoration at St Paul's, Alton continues with the installation of new doors. They aren't red...yet! But old parts found a home on new doors.

Update from the Standing Committee

Retirement of Sue Spring Sue Spring, Diocesan Administrator, has advised the Standing Committee of her decision to retire effective August 31, 2021.  She has taken this decision jointly with her husband, Dave, who will retire from the State of Illinois on the same date. Sue’s service as Diocesan Administrator began more than 18 years ago.  [...]

A Thank You from Tabora

Dear friends greetings from Tabora in Tanzania. I am hereby writing just to give you the updates on what is going on in Tabora.  First of all let me thank you each and every one of you for your tremendous support towards my family and my ministry. If it was not your prayerful and financial [...]

Book Sale Returns at St Matthew’s, Bloomington

 by Debbie Leighton for the St. Matthew's Outreach Committee The St. Matthew's Outreach Committee held its first book sale since Fall 2019. Proceeds were earmarked for Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, which suffered 38 inches of rain in its building last month. They provide much support to homeless and struggling people. We were happy [...]

St John’s, Decatur Releases New History Book

Parishioners Aaron Akins and his mother, Janice Akins, have authored a new history book about St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur, IL. Through a gracious memorial gift from the late Vincent and Ettie Cooling, a beautiful full-color glossy page book has been written and published. The 840-page book, The Definitive History of St. John's Episcopal Church, [...]