Canons of St. John Cantius expand to Springfield, IL
Changes in Parish Leadership.It seems highly likely Paprocki was on the short list of suggestions to replace Cardinal George.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has appointed Sister Mary Jean Traeger as pastoral facilitator of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, effective July 1, 2015. Fr. John Nolan will be priest moderator at St. Cabrini while continuing as pastor at Little Flower Parish, and Msgr. John Ossola will serve as sacramental priest. Also on July 1 St. Katharine Drexel Parish will welcome three priests of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. Bishop Paprocki has appointed Reverend James Isaacson, SJC, Reverend Scott Thelander, SJC, and Reverend Kevin Mann, SJC to parochial ministry at St. Katharine Drexel. On Wednesday, Feb. 11 Fathers Isaacson, Thelander and Mann will meet with the St. Katharine Drexel Pastoral Council and Finance Council at 6:00 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. on the same evening all members of the parish are invited to attend a gathering in the Lawrence Street School Building where the three newly appointed priests will be introduced and all will have a chance to greet them and welcome them to the parish. Please keep this new venture in your prayers.
I found out recently:
They have another parish in Volo, IL http://www.stpetervolo.org/In chatting with friends in the area, I've always recommended the Canons as perfect fit for the La Crosse area(I'm not sure if the converse is true). There are probably not enough traditionalists in this area to support a TLM only parish, but a dual parish would flourish. Plus I love the idea of supporting an order founded right here in our area. Some dioceses are happy to bring in the new orders, some are more weary of "outsiders" coming in. I've even heard of a situation where a diocesan priest was complaining that a parish run by a religious order was "taking money away from his parish." So I guess the point that bringing in the Canons or a similar order will certainly build up Catholic Identity and faithfulness in the community, but there's always some negative ninnies who want to complain about this or that.