This afternoon His Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki will bestow ecclesiastical honors on 152 members of the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
In a ceremony commemorating the 160th anniversary of the erection of the Diocese - the See was first raised in Quincy and later transferred to Alton before being raised in Springfield - two awards will be given.
I am happy to know many of those being honored today and I wish that I could be present to share in their joy on this happy day. Please join me in keeping them in prayer.
For a full listing of the recipients, click here.