The Diocese of Belleville was erected Jan. 7, 1887. Bishop Edward K. Braxton is the diocese’s eighth bishop.
The diocese covers 28 counties of southern Illinois, bordering the states of Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana. Its employees come from all areas of the diocese.
Each year, the names of those who celebrate milestone anniversaries at five-year increments are recognized. This year two employees have worked for 40 years in the diocese, one for 25 years and two for 20 years.
We’re moving into a time of year when everything that may have overwhelmed folks throughout the spring and summer is coming to a head. Maybe you’ve faced a debilitating illness, or lost someone you loved dearly or have too much to do at work and feel overwhelmed, or been laid off or lost your job. We hardly have time to step back and take a breath before we start worrying about somebody or something else. It’s the way of our world these days.
Matthew constructed five major discourses or sermons attributed to Jesus. By composing five discourses he compares Jesus to Moses, since the first five books of our Bible are attributed to Moses. Moses was the first great prophet of God, that is, the revealer of God’s words. Jesus is the final and ultimate prophet of God. As Moses’ revelation is revealed in five books (discourses), so Jesus’ revelation is revealed in five discourses (books).
When the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica falls on a Sunday, it replaces the Ordinary Sunday. A bit of history: St. John Lateran ranks first among the great basilicas of Rome. People may be unaware that St. Peter’s Basilica is not the Pope’s cathedral as Bishop of Rome. St. John Lateran has that distinction. The site of this basilica was at one time occupied by the palace of a Roman family, the Laterani.
Ebola: The word evokes strong emotions, depending on where you live. The overriding emotion that links the people of West Africa, where this outbreak originated, and those of the United States, is fear — fear of contracting a deadly disease and dying.