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Missionaries of Charity elect German nun as new superior general

CALCUTTA, India (CNS) — The Missionaries of Charity, the congregation founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, elected Sister Mary Prema as its new superior general March 24. The German-born nun replaces Sister Nirmala Joshi, who had been elected for a third time March 13. Sister Nirmala has led the congregation since 1997, after taking […]

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Slideshows: Rite of Election, Scout Mass, March for Life

Click below to see scenes from two joy-filled liturgies at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on March 1 at which more than 350 candidates and catechumens took their next step toward the Easter sacraments. Other recent slideshows produced by The Catholic Post: The Scout Mass Diocese represented at national March for Life

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An American Affair

Rating: O (R) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Odd coming-of-age tale, set in 1963 Washington, about a 13-year-old Catholic schoolboy (Cameron Bright) who spies on, and becomes obsessed with, a free-spirited […]

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Plan Benedictine weekends

ROCK ISLAND — Women are invited to experience life as a Benedictine Sister at St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West, over two weekends, March 27-29 and May 8-10. Those who attend will have an opportunity to discover how the Benedictines are different from other religious communities in terms of community life and prayer. While […]

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Nursing open house set

The Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing will hold its spring open house on Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the college, 511 N.E. Greenleaf St., Peoria. Tours of the campus, which is adjacent to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, will be available, along with information about the new doctor of […]

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Amazing! All 142 Monmouth students involved in musical

MONMOUTH — The coat was amazing, the costumes colorful, and the performances polished, but the most remarkable aspect of Immaculate Conception School’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” was that all 142 students were involved. “Every child from kindergarten through eighth grade will participate somehow, some way,” promised Alisa Ramer, director and accompanist, […]

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Rachel’s Vineyard stresses hope and healing

Thirty-five priests and deacons gathered last Thursday at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria to learn ways to be effective mediators of Christ’s love and healing for women and men who suffer from post-abortion trauma. “Make us instruments of your peace and witnesses of your love, especially for those who carry the cross of abortion,” […]

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Irish eyes smiling for ‘mother of the year’

Photo Caption: Rosemary McGuire Meade of Geneseo, with her husband, Lorin, by her side, beams as the St. Patrick’s Society Grand Parade XXIV steps off in Rock Island last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems ROCK ISLAND — Coming to Rock Island and taking part in the St. Patrick Society’s Grand Parade is a longtime tradition […]

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Inspired by the light

By: By Barbara Roedel Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 22 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23; Psalm 137:1-2,3,4-5,6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21. (When the Second Scrutiny is celebrated with the elect, these readings may be used: 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41) Spring has finally arrived and we’re beginning to enjoy more sunny days and […]

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Jobs: More than a paycheck

The prayers, hopes, and actions of many in the Livingston County community of Pontiac were answered March 12 when Gov. Pat Quinn announced that the Pontiac Correctional Center would remain open, keeping 600 jobs and millions of dollars in revenue locally. The news was like a ray of sunshine breaking through gathering storm clouds of […]

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