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Dive Deep

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Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, is a show where we will dive deep into our faith where we will explore those interesting Catholic questions and issues you may have.

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What it’s like working for 2 popes inside the Vatican

January 6th, 2023


Springfield’s own, Ashley Noronha, has an amazing journey from the classrooms of Christ the King School and Sacred Heart Griffin High School in …

Escaping death - A miraculous event on I-55

December 2nd, 2022


On June 9, 2021 on I-55 just outside Springfield, three sisters from the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Martyr Saint George based in Alton, were driving to Alton from Rock Island. Traffic came to a sudden stop in a …

The new Evermode Institute in Springfield - how it will impact you

November 4th, 2022


In March of 2022, the Diocese of Springfield announced plans to create The Evermode Institute in Springfield. What will it entail and how will it …

He grew up non-Catholic, was thinking marriage, then became a priest. The story of Fr. John Titus

October 7th, 2022


He grew up a non-Catholic. Marriage was "on the horizon." Then he had this "crazy thing." The Story of Father John Titus, pastor of Immaculate …

Acting for God – the conversion of actor Maria Vargo

September 2nd, 2022


A native of St. Louis, Maria Vargo is an actress, singer/songwriter, director, and Catholic speaker. She most recently starred as St. Faustina in a …

From a quarterback record holder to theology teacher

August 5th, 2022


Sean Hussey, a 2013 graduate of Charleston High School, was quarterback of their football team. A First Team All-State selection, he holds several …

St. Louis Cardinals Chaplain shares stories from the ballpark

July 1st, 2022


It is a dream come true for Father Chris Comerford, pastor of St. James and Patrick in Decatur. A huge baseball fan, he has been combining two of his loves, the sport and our faith, for more than 12 years as Chaplain …

Our two new priests. Two great stories. Fathers Zach Samples and Paul Lesupati

June 3rd, 2022


On May 28, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained two new priests for our diocese, Father Paul Lesupati and Father Zach Samples. Their road to the …

Dealing with death - the right and wrong ways

May 6th, 2022


Losing a loved one is painful. How we handle that loss depends on each person, but are we grieving in a healthy way? What should we say and not say …

Inside the mind of a former abortionist

April 1st, 2022


Dr. Haywood Robinson grew up in Southern California and received specialty training in family practice medicine in Los Angeles. He started performing abortions in 1978 and did "hundreds." Now, he advocates for life, …

What you never knew about the Gospel of Luke

March 4th, 2022


Is one of your Lenten goals to read and learn more about the bible? Dive Deep has you covered as we explore the Gospel of Luke.

What you never knew about the priesthood

February 4th, 2022


How do they prepare a homily? Where do they get their vestments? Where do they go to confession? Dive Deep asks several fun questions about a priest’s life you may have thought before but never knew the answer. You're …

Faith on the basketball court

January 7th, 2022


Millikin University’s head basketball coach, Kramer Soderberg, is passionate about our Catholic faith. But it wasn’t always that way. What led him to …

He found a broken statue of Mary in a dumpster. His life changed forever

December 17th, 2021


10 years ago, Chicago radio personality Kevin Matthews found a statue of the Virgin Mary broken and lying by a dumpster. His life would never be the …

Supreme Court’s 2022 term: Will Roe v Wade end?

November 26th, 2021


In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a state of Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. This past summer, lawyers for Mississippi …


November 5th, 2021


Father Rob Johnson and Father Mark Tracy of our diocese both attended the University of Illinois. Priesthood wasn't even a thought. Then God introduced them to certain people and sent them to certain events which …

One of our own: Catching up with Bishop Carl Kemme

October 15th, 2021


Bishop Carl Kemme grew up in Effingham County. After becoming a priest, he spent many years in several parishes across our diocese. Then in 2014, he received a call that changed everything. Pope Francis had appointed …

The psychology of an atheist

September 24th, 2021


Dr. Kevin Vost of Springfield has a wild faith journey. Growing up Catholic, he later became an atheist. What drew him to become a non-believer and …

Four-time Superbowl winning coach talks faith, family, football

September 3rd, 2021


A graduate of Christ the King and Sacred Heart Griffin H.S. in Springfield, Kansas City Chiefs coach Brendan Daly discusses the interesting job of coaching at the highest level in football and how he has leaned on our …

10 myths about going to Confession

August 13th, 2021


Going to Confession can be scary. There are plenty of false ideas about Confession that may be holding you back from receiving the grace of this …

The Latin Mass. What is it?

July 30th, 2021


On the heels of Pope Francis’ announcement of restrictions to the Latin Mass, Dive Deep explores the history, differences, and traditions of the Latin Mass.

12 fun things you didn’t know about Catholicism

July 16th, 2021


Groundhogs Day. Cappuccino. Lay Cardinals. The Easter Bunny. Dive Deep explores those things and more in this episode that will make you say, “I …

Two brothers. One vocation. A sit down with the Trummer brothers

July 2nd, 2021


Fathers Michael and Chris Trummer, two brothers from Effingham County. Their stories to the priesthood involve a funny story. Dive Deep sits down …

Do we really have free will?

June 18th, 2021


Scientists and theologians have debated the free will question for centuries. Hear what scientists discovered and how you can answer this question …

How fostering works and the surprising joys it brings

June 4th, 2021


There can be negative associations with fostering. Dive Deep sits down with a Petersburg couple that explains the fostering process, why all those negative things you hear about are not only not true, and how fostering …

Big Foot and the Holy Spirit. The story of Fathers Marty Smith & Wayne Stock

May 21st, 2021


Fathers Marty Smith and Wayne Stock of our diocese have interesting vocations stories. In fact, they involve Big Foot. Oh, and you’ll want to listen …

Our Lady of Fatima: What you didn’t know

May 7th, 2021


Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal just over 100 years ago. Her message holds true today. So, what did she say, and what about all …

This is not what these new priests envisioned

April 23rd, 2021


They have been priests for less than a year but have only known priestly life during a pandemic. How are our new priests coping? What has been the biggest challenge and biggest reward? Dive Deep sits down with Fathers …

No more Communion blessings. What now?

April 9th, 2021


A January instruction by Bishop Paprocki instituted no more communion blessings across the diocese. Dive Deep tells you what happens now when someone approaches the priest with their arms crossed and why hearing these …

Running for a Higher Purpose

March 26th, 2021


Eight steps to spiritual and physical fitness – that’s the theme of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki’s new book, Running for a Higher Purpose, now …

What you didn’t know about Mark’s gospel

March 12th, 2021


This year, you hear from the Gospel of Mark at Mass. But who is Mark and what should we know about his writings? Dive Deep explores the many …

A century of advice. A sit down with a 100 year-old WWII veteran

February 26th, 2021


He served in WWII. He was married for nearly 75 years. Dive Deep sits down Jasper Madonia of Springfield as he gives us 100 years of wisdom, and how …

Lent 101

February 12th, 2021


Why fast? Why 40 days? Why purple? Why ashes? Why no meat on Fridays? Lent is full of symbolism, rooted deep in Catholic theology. While Lent 101 …

From Fear to Feminine Genius - Comparison

January 22nd, 2021


Dive Deep brings in the women to begin the year by diving deep into our fears. We are taking 4 weeks to examine what we are calling the 4 pillars of fear and how the feminine genius is a great antidote to fear. Part 4 – …

From Fear to Feminine Genius - Failure

January 15th, 2021


Dive Deep brings in the women to begin the year by diving deep into our fears. We are taking 4 weeks to examine what we are calling the 4 pillars of fear and how the feminine genius is a great antidote to fear. Part 3 – …

From Fear to Feminine Genius - Regret

January 8th, 2021


Dive Deep brings in the women to begin the year by diving deep into our fears. We are taking 4 weeks to examine what we are calling the 4 pillars of fear and how the feminine genius is a great antidote to fear. Part 2 – …

From Fear to Feminine Genius - Pain

January 2nd, 2021


Dive Deep brings in the women to begin the year by diving deep into our fears. We are taking 4 weeks to examine what we are calling the 4 pillars of fear and how the feminine genius is a great antidote to fear. Part 1 – …

Why the church is wrong on marriage

December 11th, 2020


There many Catholic Church teachings surrounding preparing for and entering into marriage. Many of these teachings our culture would say, “The church …

The 11 things Catholics need to stop doing

November 27th, 2020


No, this isn’t a list to condemn you, but a friendly reminder to stop doing these 11 things and do the opposite because we want you to grow in your relationship with Christ!


November 13th, 2020


Did we come from Adam and Eve or animals? What does the Catholic Church have to say about evolution? Is the Big Bang Theory compatible with our …

A Voice from a Grave

October 30th, 2020


Father James Kurzynski, a priest from Wisconsin, joins Dive Deep to share an incredible story about an experience he’ll never forget while praying at a cemetery.

Faith over fear!

October 16th, 2020


Gary Zimak, a dynamic Catholic evangelist and best-selling author, joins Dive Deep to discuss how to overcome anxiety, how you should think and act …

How Catholics should vote

October 2nd, 2020


Gather your facts before you vote! Listen to this episode of Dive Deep and hear what ALL Catholics should be doing prior to voting!

Child announces he or she is gay? Friend having sex outside of marriage?

September 18th, 2020


In part three of our series “Real World Questions, Real Catholic Answers,” we explore these questions from a pastoral perspective, giving you a …

Adult child living with boyfriend/girlfriend? Friend wants a divorce?

September 4th, 2020


In part two of our series “Real World Questions, Real Catholic Answers,” we explore these questions from a pastoral perspective, giving you a concise …

Child/spouse won’t go to Mass? Know someone who feels they have no worth?

August 21st, 2020


In part one of our series “Real World Questions, Real Catholic Answers,” we explore these questions from a pastoral perspective, giving you a concise …

Catholic Charities and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

August 7th, 2020


On today's Dive Deep, hear from the staff at Catholic Charities as they share how Covid-19 has impacted the clients they serve as well as the …

Back-to-school expert advice in COVID-19 world

July 24th, 2020


The debate to return to school has circulated the internet far and wide. Today, we Dive Deep with Dr. Bill Moredock, principal at Little Flower …

What do priests think about moving to a different parish?

July 10th, 2020


Every year, there are new priest assignments. While parishioners can sometimes feel angst about the future of their parish with a new priest, what do …

Bishop Paprocki as you’ve never heard him before

June 26th, 2020


Join us for this special edition of Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, as we celebrate Bishop Paprocki’s 10 years in the diocese (June 22 was his 10 year anniversary). Hear inside …

Eight men - the largest class of new priests in our diocese since 1964!

June 12th, 2020


Eight men - the largest class of new priests in our diocese since 1964! Listen to the fascinating journey of two of these men, Deacons Peter Chineke and Michael Berndt, as they are about to be ordained priests June 19. …

How to answer 10 difficult questions about our faith - Part Two

May 29th, 2020


On the last episode of Dive Deep we got answers to 5 common questions our Protestant friends ask us. Today, get 5 more in the second half of our two part series. Saints and Mary, Good Works vs. Faith Alone, the …

How to answer 10 difficult questions about our faith - Part One

May 15th, 2020


The Eucharist, infant baptism, confession, papal infallibility, the sacraments, purgatory. It can sometimes be difficult defending our faith when …

He was Lutheran. He became Catholic. Now he's a priest. Oh, and he's married.

May 1st, 2020


Join Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on May 1, as you'll hear the amazing story of our own Father Scott …

Coronavirus: This big positive shines amongst all the uncertainty and stress

April 17th, 2020


It is important to control your consumption of negative news! Check out today's podcast and hear something positive coming out of this situation!

A beautiful conversion story - Effingham's Rebecca McIntire

April 3rd, 2020


Hear how a simple invitation brought Effingham's Rebecca McIntire to Catholicism, how her first year as Catholic has been going, what she loves most …

Coronavirus: A Catholic response and what our diocese is doing

March 20th, 2020


In today's podcast we Dive Deep into the Catholic Response to the Coronavirus.

She had two abortions. How the Church and Rachel’s Vineyard brought her healing

March 6th, 2020


The abortions left her cold and feeling worthless. She felt no one loved her. Springfield’s Betty Parquette shares her incredible story of how …

Impossible Whopper - To Eat or Not to Eat

February 21st, 2020


In today's Dive Deep Podcast we feast on the Impossible Whopper, can you eat it during Fridays in Lent, and what should our Lent really look like?

Just War Theory - What is it?

February 7th, 2020


In today's podcast learn about Just War: what is it and what justifies war?

Bishop Paprocki's Live Q&A with High School Students from Across the Diocese

January 31st, 2020


On Tuesday, January 8, 2020, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki sat down for a live Q & A with high school students from across the diocese. Topics …

Previewing the Spring Legislative Session with Zach Wichmann

January 24th, 2020


Today's podcast is keeping you informed! Illinois Catholics take a listen to Zach Wichmann about upcoming legislation to watch out for.

Diving Deep with Teresa Tomeo

January 17th, 2020


We had the great pleasure of Diving Deep with Teresa Tomeo in today's podcast. She is a Catholic Talk Show Host, Author, Speaker and true Evangelist …

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Mass

January 10th, 2020


10 things you may not know about the Mass. Listen to today's Dive Deep podcast and see how many you know!

The 3 Tickets to Heaven (Indulgences, Rosary, Adoration)

January 3rd, 2020


Unfortunately for us there is no fast pass to heaven, but there are some helpful tips. Listen to the latest Dive Deep Podcast and find out what they …

Marijuana, Sports Gambling and State Sanctioned Gambling

December 27th, 2019


January 1st Marijuana is legal and gambling expansion is happening...we know what the state thinks on these matters, what does the Church say?

Radical Discipleship on A Bus

December 20th, 2019


Can you imagine 9 kids, 2 parents and 1 bus every day all day? Listen to Deacon Patrick O'Toole's radical discipleship story!

10 Things You Didn't Know About Christmas

December 13th, 2019


Why is the date for Christmas December 25? What happened to Jesus' original crib? How did Christmas trees come about? Were there more than three Magi? David Bertaina from the University of Illinois, Springfield sits …

Why was Archbishop Sheen’s beatification postponed?

December 6th, 2019


On Dec. 21, Peoria area native Archbishop Fulton Sheen was scheduled to be beatified by the Catholic Church, or officially declared “Blessed.” On …


November 29th, 2019


What is an annulment, how does it work, and why is it necessary in the Catholic Church if someone who is divorced wants to get remarried?

The Last Four Things

November 22nd, 2019


This week's podcast Dives Deep into the last 4 things: Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.

Ghosts and Aliens

November 15th, 2019


Kicking off Season 2 of Dive Deep with the Church's teachings on Ghosts and Aliens! You do not want to miss!

A Family of Faith

November 1st, 2019


Hear how three generations of the Hoefler family felt a unique calling to serve the church and how each of them feed off each other for help and support in their vocation.


October 25th, 2019


What happens during an exorcism? How often does the Catholic Church perform one? How can someone become possessed?

Papal Infallibility

October 18th, 2019


Do you think Papal Infallibility means the Pope is perfect? Listen to today's podcast and find out what Papal Infallibility really means!

Your Catholic faith at 93 miles per hour

October 11th, 2019


Curt Tomasevicz Olympic bobsledder and former Nebraska football player joins us to talk about faith and athletics. You won't want to miss "Your …

Causes of Saints and a Special Look at Quincy’s Father Augustine Tolton

October 4th, 2019


Join us as we talk about the canonization process for Fr. Augustine Tolton and the process of becoming a saint.

Exploring the Questions of Women Deacons and Priestly Celibacy

September 27th, 2019


Women Deacons? Priestly celibacy? We explore these issues and the history surrounding them.

A local woman’s journey to the faith

September 20th, 2019


You will not want to miss this incredible story of one woman's journey to the faith. Hear how Deegee Kienstra from Edwardsville found the Catholic …

Pope Francis’ Change on the Death Penalty (A Look at it About One Year Later)

September 13th, 2019


In this episode, we are going to get into the death penalty and review Pope Francis' announcement where he said that the death penalty was no longer admissible under any circumstance. We are going to look at what Pope …

Why does God allow bad things to happen?

September 6th, 2019


In the first episode of Dive Deep, we explore the question of why does God allow bad things to happen, evil to happen, natural disasters to happen. Fr. Christopher House sits down with us to discuss this question.

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