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Sr. Marie William Cahill, OP, native of Bradford, dies at 98

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was celebrated on June 15 in Queen of the Rosary Chapel here for Sister Marie William Cahill, OP, a native of Bradford. She was 98. Sister Marie William died on June 11, 2009, at St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa. She was buried in the motherhouse cemetery. The daughter of William […]

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Sr. Georgia Ann, BVM, dies; born, served in Quad Cities

DUBUQUE, Iowa — There was a funeral Mass on Wednesday, June 24, in the motherhouse chapel of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Sister Georgia Ann (Georgelle) Lange, BVM, a native of Moline who served in the Quad Cities for more than 20 years. Sister Georgia Ann, 79, died on June […]

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Cursillo family Ultreya July 11

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington-Normal Cursillo community is planning its annual family Ultreya for Saturday, July 11, at St. Mary’s Church, 527 W. Jackson St. All Cursillistas and their families are welcome. The evening starts with Mass at 5:30 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow, with the chicken, drinks and place settings provided. Those who attend […]

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Author, survivor tells how to support cancer patients

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Sarah K. Johnson hadn’t been at Peoria Notre Dame High School for very long before she found out her life was going to change forever — and not in all the usual ways high school does that. What put Johnson’s life on a radically different course was Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, […]

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Theology on Tap to begin summer series in Peoria

Theology on Tap, a popular diocesan outreach for young adults, is returning to Peoria this summer. Starting on July 14, the 2009 Summer Series of Theology on Tap will take place on four consecutive Tuesday evenings at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 S.W. Water St. The gatherings begin at 6:30 p.m. Theology on Tap is offered […]

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To grow membership, smile and pray a lot

One of the most powerful tools in building membership in an organization is something everyone can handle. “You need to smile,” Jody Watermann told the 80 women who gathered at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria this month for a daylong program of leadership training that was developed by the National Council of Catholic Women. […]

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Christ Child Society granted charter, spreading in diocese

Seeing flashing lights in the rearview mirror is something that makes most people’s hearts stop, but for Peg Shipley a recent traffic stop turned out to be a heartwarming experience. Returning to Bloomington from a meeting in Peoria one stormy night, she was stopped for driving over the center line. When the officer asked her […]

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Prayer effort for our clergy begins

HENRY — The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary have invited Catholics to join in their community’s observance of the 2009-2010 Year for Priests by “adopting” priests and praying for them by name. “As a community, and then particularly here in the Diocese of Peoria, the sisters and the lay apostles of […]

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Funeral set for Tuesday in Champaign for Deacon Scanlan

CHAMPAIGN — A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, at St. Matthew’s Church here for Deacon Richard Thomas Scanlan, a permanent deacon of the diocese who is also remembered as “a legendary teacher” at the University of Illinois. Deacon Scanlan died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the Carle Foundation […]

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Catholic Charities’ clients, staff fear proposed state cuts

Photo Caption: Kristy Hemmele, a foster parent, shares her personal testimony with the audience. By: By Jared Olar Catholics Charities of the Diocese of Peoria and its 30,000 clients are keenly feeling the effects of the State of Illinois’ budget crisis. Unless the Illinois General Assembly votes to restore funding during emergency budget sessions, which […]

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