News in the Diocese for September 2022

SYNOD 2022

The 145th Synod of the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield will happen October 21-22, 2022 in Springfield. Events will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul the Apostle and at the Inn at 835. Delegates should have recently received their first mailing. More information, including the registration form and information about hotels may be found on our website here.


Sing Unto the Lord a New Song: Liturgical Music in Small Church Settings

All in the Diocese are invited to a Music Workshop on Friday, October 21 at 3:00 pm. Dr. Geoffrey Williams of Nashotah House will lead explore techniques and strategies for music in worship especially for small congregations. After the workshop, please join us for the Synod Eucharist in the Cathedral at 5:30 pm, where we will see elements from the workshop in use during the liturgy. If you are a music director, liturgical planner, lay leader, or simply love to contribute to your congregation’s musical life, this workshop is for you.

The workshop will take place at the Cathedral and Dr. Williams will be the organist for the Holy Eucharist.

Dr. Williams is the founder and artistic director of the GRAMMY-nominated male classical vocal quartet New York Polyphony. He has served the parishes of Emmanuel Memorial, Champaign; St, Mary the Virgin, Times Square; Trinity Church, Princeton; Washington National Cathedral; and was for a decade a Gentleman of the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue. You can read his entire biography at the Nashotah website here.



If you find yourself in or near Springfield during the week, please join us in praying the Daily Offices at the Cathedral. Morning and Evening Prayer will be lead by Cathedral and Diocesan Clergy, in addition to postulants, aspirants, and Cathedral members. We hope to see you Monday through Friday at 7:30 am for Morning Prayer as we begin our day in praise and thanksgiving or at 5:00 pm for Evening Prayer as the workday comes to an end.


Church of the Holy Trinity in Danville would like to invite the parishes of the Diocese to a special liturgy in honor of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sunday, October 9th at 3:00pm. Prior to the Liturgy, Holy Rosary will be recited at 2:45pm. All are welcome to remain afterwards for wine and refreshments.






Be sure to enter our inaugural diocesan photo contest! All are invited to submit photos that show us life in the diocese. Whether it is in our life together in worship, service, or fellowship, we want to see what life in the diocese means to you! Selected photos will be printed in large-scale and displayed in the Diocesan Center in Springfield. 

Entries are due on or before September 30. Photos should be a minimum of 2000 x 2500 px (4800 x 6000 preferred). Upload your materials using this form here.
We can’t wait to see what you submit! 


We are hiring! The successful candidate will secure the contract to serve as Communications Coordinator to the Diocesan Bishop. This involves supporting assignments directly related to the pastoral, sacramental and missional ministries of the Bishop, coordinating with Diocesan staff, and exercising a high degree of discretion and initiative when communicating our story.

See the website here for the complete job description and how to apply.


The August Deanery Reports and reports to Council may be found on our website here.



For anyone who has attended a Cursillo weekend, whether it was in the Diocese of Springfield or another Diocese, please join us for a Grand Ultreya on Saturday, September 17th at 9:45 am at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Springfield. Bishop Burgess will preach and celebrate Holy Eucharist at 10:00 am. After the Eucharist, we will have plenty of wonderful fellowship, a pot-luck lunch, a lay witness, and a silent auction. Bring a favorite dish to share, and, if possible, something to add to the silent auction. All proceeds will support future Cursillo weekends. Come and catch up with your Cursillo family!