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Principals look to St. Paul as schools reopen

KICKAPOO — With the start of a new academic year in the Diocese of Peoria, Catholic school principals have been asked to look to St. Paul for inspiration. “In the spirit of this great apostle, the men and women who serve as principals in our Catholic schools spread the Good News by their faith and […]

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Campaign opens to renovate St. Augustine Manor facility

St. Augustine Manor in Peoria has launched its first-ever capital campaign to finance several renovations and maintenance of the Catholic retirement community’s 103-year-old building. “St. Augustine’s feast day (Aug. 28) is in the month of August, so what better time for us to announce our capital campaign?” said Peoria attorney Jim Rochford, who has served […]

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New safe environment effort

BLOOMINGTON — The implementation of the Diocese of Peoria’s new “safe environment” training program got under way this month with two “training of trainers” sessions in Bloomington and Galesburg. The workshops, presented by Jerry Sanderson, assistant diocesan superintendent of schools, were designed to introduce the new training format to Catholic school principals, parish and school […]

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Newman Center move-in complete; dedication next

CHAMPAIGN — Called one of the most ambitious building projects in the history of the Diocese of Peoria when it was announced in November 2006, the $26 million residence hall expansion and renovations at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois are nearing completion and will be dedicated in a series of […]

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Clergy appointments

Father Chris Haake from administrator to pastor, St. Teresa’s Parish, Earlville, while remaining chaplain, Marquette High School, Ottawa This appointment is effective immediately. Father Donald Henderson from pastor to parochial vicar, St. Philomena’s Parish, Peoria Father David Richardson from parochial vicar to administrator, St. Philomena’s Parish, Peoria, while remaining assistant vocations director These appointments were […]

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On this rock

By: By Sister Michelle Rheinlander, OSB Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 24 Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 It is difficult for us to imagine a world without Christ and all that his presence means. Today we see Christ naming Peter as the “rock” on which he will build his church and […]

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Bishop sets ‘Year of the Rosary’ in diocese

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky hopes the year of renewal will “reinvigorate the venerable practice of meditating on the Gospel through the prayers of the holy Rosary. By: By Tom Dermody The Diocese of Peoria will observe a special Year of the Most Holy Rosary from Aug. 15, 2009, through May 31, 2010. “I am happy […]

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Sr. Maxine, OSF, dies at 96; served in Streator

SPRINGFIELD — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Sister M. Maxine Frichtl, OSF, a former nurse-anesthetist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator, on Aug. 13 at St. Clare of Assisi Chapel at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. Burial followed in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. Sister Maxine died on Aug. 10, 2008, at St. Francis […]

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Memorial Mass Saturday for Sr. Patricia Cramer, CSJ

KICKAPOO — A Memorial Mass for Sister Patricia A. Cramer, CSJ, will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 9910 W. Knox St., Kickapoo. The family will receive friends one hour before the Mass. Sister Patricia, 68, died on Aug. 10, 2008, at Nazareth Living Center, St. Louis. She […]

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Catholics encouraged to pray novena in weeks leading up to election

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to pray a novena for life, justice and peace before the November election. An Aug. 19 news release said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made available for download from the Internet a podcast of a “Novena for Faithful Citizenship” at www.faithfulcitizenship.org/resources/podcasts. It will be […]

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