News in the Diocese for the Month of August 2022


Bishop Burgess and Denise have just returned from the 2022 Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, UK. Don’t worry if you missed any of the updates on Instagram or Facebook; you can read notes from Bishop Burgess about the conference and surrounding events on our website here.

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 received their first mailing.

More details, including information on hotels, will follow soon.


Please join us at the Cathedral for a teatime gathering honoring Queen Elizabeth II and welcoming Mrs. Denise Burgess to our diocese on August 20th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the Great Hall. RSVP by August 13th to Claire Ribelin by email. Hats and gloves are encouraged.


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.




Emmanuel, Champaign is participating in a shoe collection drive to provide new shoes for all ages in the DREAAM program as they go back to school.

In the spring, Emmanuel formed a partnership with DREAAM, one of the local groups supported by the Champaign blueprint to work on gun violence prevention. DREAAM is a grass roots organization founded by Tracy Dace in 2015 with the goal of reaching, teaching, and empowering young African Americans, in grades K-12.

As a partner, some members of Emmanuel volunteer for the year-round academic tutoring for older students as well as the summer program to prepare pre-kindergarten students for school in the fall.

On the DREAAM side of the partnership small groups of participants come to Emmanuel monthly to prepare sack lunches, clean up outside the church, and move furniture.

It has been a blessing to both Emmanuel and DREAAM to work together!


The community at St. George’s, Belleville enjoyed their Parish Picnic recently!


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.


St Michael’s, O’Fallon invites all to their fall programming!
ADULT EDUCATION AND HEALING SERVICE: We will start August 24th with a healing service at 6:00 pm followed by adult education class.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11th IS SUNDAY SCHOOL START UP DATE: Sunday School resumes for children age 3 thru 6th grade will be Sunday, September 11th.  For families with children under age 3 there is a nursery available. All are warmly welcomed!


Announcing the first semi-annual 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 for our inaugural contest are due on or before September 30. Photos should be a minimum of 2000 x 2500 px (4800 x 6000 preferred).  Include a description of the photo, your parish, and the photographer’s name. To enter, upload your materials on using this form. We can’t wait to see what you submit!



by Vicki Hall

Cursillo 38 took place at Toddhall Retreat Center reently. I was privileged to be the Rectora for the weekend. We had 11 faithful, expectant candidates who were not disappointed and who certainly did not disappoint the team. The three table groups were diverse but got along so well. They all joined in the discussions and the singing. Well, these people knew how to sing! It sounded like angels surrounding us in the conference room. The weekend was bathed in prayer, and the talks were all Spirit filled and perfectly espoused the Cursillo method for living the Christian life in the world.

Several things happened that proved the presence of the Holy Spirit. One was an answered prayer early in the weekend. On Thursday night one of the team mentioned a concern he had for a grandson who was having difficulty traveling. Several of us prayed for his grandson. Within an hour, he heard that his grandson was safely on his way to where he was going.  God protected him all the way to his destination.  On Saturday afternoon, during the break time, some members of the Order of St. Luke offered healing prayer to any who wanted it.  Several people came and received prayer. One received significant healing in her back.  Another said his ankle pain was significantly reduced.  We were blessed to have beautiful, perfect weather (after the storm on Thursday, which stopped just before the weekend started). On Sunday as we gathered for lunch, ready to sing the blessing outside of the dining hall, a mockingbird in a tree right where we were standing joined in our song. It sang along with such joy and clarity and seemed to be right in tune with us.  We all smiled at the way God blesses us every day.

Today, the day after, I sit in my quiet house and reflect on the joys of this past weekend. I am humbled by the way God watched over us. Was putting together a Cursillo weekend hard work? Yes. But I believe that all who served on this team know it was worth it. To God be the Glory!


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