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 immediately following. The service will be livestreamed on the Diocesan website homepage. On Friday, April 1, information was sent to all congregations concerning contributions for the gifts with which our new Bishop will be presented in conjunction with his consecration. You may find that information below, as well as information regarding music and youth participation in the liturgyWe hope that all members of the Diocese will take the opportunity to participate in this joyous occasion in the life of the Diocese. More information about the event will follow as the date draws nearer.Kevin Babb, ChairTransition CommitteeGifts FundNow that Fr. Burgess has received the necessary consents to confirm his election, the Transition Committee of the Diocese of Springfield is inviting everyone in the Diocese to contribute towards the purchase of items (vestments and insignia) needed by Fr. Burgess when he is consecrated to begin his ministry as the Bishop of Springfield.

If you wish to contribute you may do so by sending a check made out to The Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, including General Gift on the memo line of the check (mail to The Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, 821 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62704). You may also contribute using our online giving portal here (be sure to select New Bishop Gift Fund in the drop down menu).Due to the required consent process in the Episcopal Church for confirming the election of a Bishop, there is a small window of time between now and Fr. Burgess’ consecration as a Bishop on Saturday, May 21. Since I cannot order any item before the Diocese receives the needed offerings, I would encourage you to respond as quickly as possible. If you are in charge of a parish or mission, I would ask you to make this information available to as many as possible in your congregation.Thank you for your consideration of this invitation.Fr. Kip AshmoreTransition (Gifts) CommitteeMusic for the ConsecrationDo you love to sing? Bishop-Elect Burgess has selected a first-class list of hymnody and service music for his Consecration on May 21, and we need a choir!Up to 24 singers can fit in the Cathedral chancel, so we are inviting interested singers to view the full music list available online here, then consult with their Eucharistic Community’s Music Director or resident Clergy about participating in this solemn liturgy. Registration will be via an online form which is available through the web page, and which will also be circulated to all churches this week.Consecration Music Director Mark Dirksen is happy to speak with anyone about these plans. Please call him (no emails or text) during business hours at the Diocesan phone number 217-525-1876.Youth Liturgy ParticipantsAs we prepare for the upcoming ordination for our new Bishop, we would like to invite interested youth from around the Diocese to participate in the liturgy as crucifers, torchbearers, boat bearers and acolytes. Participants will need to arrive at the church early, no later than 10:15 am on Saturday, May 21, ahead of the 11:00 am ordination, and they will need to attend a rehearsal in the afternoon on Friday, May 20 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. They will wear the vesture of their home parish. If there is an option, black cassock with white surplice/cotta is preferred. White albs are the other common vestures. Black, hard soled, closed toed shoes are required.The parents of interested youth should complete the form here. Participation will be confirmed by May 2nd. If you have any questions, you may include them with your submission or use the inquiry form at the bottom of the Consecration page on the website.



Congratulations to the Rev. Michael Clark and the Rev. Dante Anglin on the occasion of their ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons! They were ordained on the feast of St Joseph, March 19 at the Cathedral by Assisting Bishop Paul Lambert.For those who were unable to contribute to the funds for Dante and Michael you may still offer support to the ministry funds of the newly ordained deacons, for their work in the world among those to whom they are called to go. Checks may be made out to the Diocese of Springfield (with Ordinands Ministry Funds in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Diocese of Springfield, 821 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62704) or you may give at our online portal here (be sure to select Deacon Ministry Fund in the drop down menu).The Chrism Mass will take place at the Cathedral Church of St Paul in Springfield on Tuesday, April 12 at 11:00 am. Assisting Bishop Paul Lambert will bless the Holy Oils, which will be used in the administration of the Sacraments throughout the diocese for the year. Our Bishop-Elect, the Very Reverend Brian Burgess will be our preacher. The clergy also renew their ordination vows during the mass. All are invited and welcome to attend the mass!St Paul’s, Alton has embarked on a new ministry: A Pet Food Pantry. The ministry hopes to help those who are struggling by providing pet food. The food provided to those furry friends in need can help avoid a ripple effect of loss of companionship for their owners. You can read more at The Telegraph here.All are invited to attend the ordination of Deacon Marisa Crofts to the Priesthood at Emmanuel, Champaign on April 25 at 6:00 pm. Please pray for Marisa as she continues her curacy at Emmanuel.

St Michael’s, O’Fallon is delighted to welcome their new Priest-in-Charge, the Rev. Dr. Gregory Wilde. Fr. Greg celebrated his first Sunday on March 20th. He previously served a congregation in the Diocese of Central Florida. He completed a MA from the University of Notre Dame in 1992, a doctorate from the Institute for Worship Studies in 2009 and an MDiv from Sewanee in 2010. He and his wife, Jan, have two grown children and one young grandchild. St Michael’s is delighted to welcome Fr. Greg and Jan to O’Fallon!



St John the Baptist, Mt Carmel and Fr. Shawn and Mary Denney have been featured in an article on the Diocese in Europe’s website. St John’s, Mt Carmel has provided a grant to St George’s Anglican Church in Taormina, Italy to assist with much needed repairs (as is needed in the shadow of volcanic eruptions!) and maintenance in anticipation of the centenary of the completion of their church building in October. Fr Shawn (St Luke’s, Springfield), accompanied by his wife, has served as supply ministry for many years at St George’s.After one recent Sunday when he celebrated at St John the Baptist, Mt Carmel, the community there presented Fr Shawn with a check for St George’s in Italy.Bishop Doug Sparks of the Diocese of Northern Indiana is on a pilgrimage walk along the Potawatomi Trail of Death. Many of our churches, including Emmanuel, Champaign, St John’s, Decatur, the Chapel in Champaign, and Holy Trinity, Danville are supporting Bishop Sparks as he follows the Trail through Illinois. You can read about his journey here, and learn about the Potawatomi Trail of Death here.



Episcopal Church Camp of Illinois will gather July 3-9 at East Bay Camp in Hudson, Illinois to encourage, empower, and equip students entering grades 2-12 in their faith journeys. As we celebrate the Fourth of July – a holiday dedicated to freedom – together in community, we will explore the Biblical concepts of freedom, salvation, and hope found only in Jesus. When the world feels as though it is in turmoil, how can we ling to the good news of freedom found in Jesus Christ? What does it really mean to be free? Join us this July as we learn more about freedom found in salvation and relationship with Jesus. Potential campers and counselors alike are encouraged to visit the ECC website or the diocesan website’s Church Camp page for information and resources.



CURSILLO“you show that you are a letter of Christ…written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2nd Co. 3:3There is a lot of truth in those few words! We ARE the letters that go out to a hurting world telling others of the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ. Letters of Christ is the theme for the upcoming Cursillo weekend. This weekend will be held at Toddhall Retreat and Conference Center in Columbia, IL on July 28-31. It has been a long, long time in the works – 2 years to be exact. We pray that you will pray about attending this weekend.Do you want to know how to better spread the Good News? Do you feel like you’re a little stagnant in your faith? Are you looking for something to help you be more accountable in your Christian walk? Cursillo is a short course in Christianity. A Cursillo weekend begins on Thursday evening and runs through Sunday. Participants hear a series of well thought out talks, sing a lot, pray and praise a lot and come to a deeper understanding of their role in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. There are Cursillo weekends all over the world and here is your opportunity to participate in one at the beautiful Toddhall.If you would like an application or just more information, please visit the Cursillo page of the website.


Big Provincial Gathering

Last call to register! The deadline to register with meals is April 15 (you may register after that date, but be aware that you might want to pack food!) The Big Provincial Gathering will take place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 in South Bend, Indiana. Visit the BPG Main Page to register.You can see the full list of networks with their meeting times on the provincial site. Networks exist to connect and encourage each other while sharing resources that are helpful to people in their local contexts. All networks will gladly welcome anyone who is doing similar work or is interested in beginning work in that ministry area.


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