Food for thought

By: Sister Michelle Rheinlander, OSB Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 3 Isaiah 55:1-3; Psalm 145:8-9,15-16,17-18; Romans 8:35,37-39; Matthew 14:13-21 Our readings today tell us of a very personal God as he presents himself through the prophet Isaiah in pre-Christian days and in Jesus, who became one of us. Each account presupposes that to reach […]

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Cathedral to host monthly devotions for Sheen cause

The Diocese of Peoria is about to introduce monthly devotions at St. Mary’s Cathedral seeking the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercessionin the canonization cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Archbishop Sheen is a native of El Paso who was ordained a diocesan priest and later gained worldwide fame as a radio and television host, prolific author, […]

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Nearly 400 at weekend Catholic charismatic conference

Patti Gallagher Mansfield lived out a childhood dream during Friday night’s opening of the Diocese of Peoria’s 22nd Annual Charismatic Renewal Conference. For a half-hour, the pioneer in the charismatic renewal in the CatholicChurch became a cheerleader. “Give me an ‘H’!” she urged a crowd of almost 400 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in […]

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Roanoke parish will pray area’s soldiers home

ROANOKE — While for many in our country the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seem political, in this community of 2,000 they’re personal. Nine soldiers from Roanoke and neighboring small towns including Benson are either deployed in those conflict areas or about to head there. On Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church in Roanoke, parishioners and […]

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New Diocesan Safe Environment Program announced

The Diocese of Peoria this month implements a new “safe environment”training program for adult employees and volunteers who work with children and young people. The Diocesan Safe Environment Program consists of one-hour sessionsin a PowerPoint format, designed to help adults identify the signs that achild might be a victim of abuse or an adult might […]

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Redesigned diocesan Web site debuts at

Just weeks before most diocesan offices move to a new pastoral centerunder construction, the Diocese of Peoria has completed a redesign ofits home in cyberspace. A new-look Web site for the diocese debuted July 18 at following months of planning and input involving nearly every Curia department, including The Catholic Post. “As you visit […]

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HEART shown in Champaign at first youth workcamp

Photo Caption: Melissa Karigan washes a window for Champaign homeowner Marie Jackson. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — When teens converged on Marie Jackson’s house towash windows, pull weeds, install kitchen cabinets and build a new wheelchair ramp as part of the first Catholic HEART Workcamp (CHWC) held in the Diocese of Peoria, she had […]

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