Springfield, Illinois diocese holding ‘evening of repentance’ for clergy abuse victims

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will preside at the Monday, Dec. 12, service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue. Services will be held simultaneously at six other churches in Edwardsville, Mount Zion, Teutopolis, Jacksonville, Hillsboro and Quincy.

It’s the first time a public event like this has been conducted by the diocese, according to Patricia Kornfeld, the diocese’s victims assistance coordinator.

The impetus was the desire of the diocese “to express repentance and forgiveness for the sins of the past,” Kornfeld said.

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