End of life issues focus of Health Care Day Nov. 3

END OF LIFE issues and pastoral care of those who are dying will be explored at this year’s Diocesan Health Care Day, which is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Addressing the topic will be Father J. Daniel Mindling, OFM Cap, professor of moral theology at Mount St. Mary […]

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Sr. Boleslava, DSF, pioneer Lacon Franciscan, dies at 96

LACON — The Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi have lost one of their pioneers. Sister M. Boleslava Gazo, DSF, who emigrated from Slovakia to the United States in 1946 to form the American Province of the religious community and served as its provincial superior for more than 20 years, died on Oct. 2, 2009, […]

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Congratulations, Marquette High School

It should be quite a celebration weekend Oct. 9-11 at Marquette High School in Ottawa. A pioneer school of our diocese, Marquette is marking 150 years of Catholic secondary education in the city and region this year. The school traces its roots back to 1859 and the establishment of St. Xavier Academy by the Sisters […]

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Living and effective

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 11 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 PENNSYLVANIA Hospital in Philadelphia was our nation’s very first medical center. Founded in 1751 by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin, the hospital is home to the nation’s oldest surgical amphitheatre, the “dreaded circular room,” located on the third floor. […]

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Catholic radio station may be coming to Peoria area

Catholic radio may be coming to the Peoria area by the end of 2009. The Catholic Post has learned that a local group hopes to make WPMJ 94.3 FM, Peoria-Chillicothe, the latest radio station in the EWTN Catholic radio affiliate network. Plans are under way to start the process of conversion during the month of […]

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Media coverage focus of 2009 Respect Life Dinner

Photo Caption: Father Bill Miller, IC, chairman of the diocese’s Respect Life Board, addresses a crowd of 200-plus at the Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 4. By: By Tom Dermody From biased reporting to sexual and violent content in programming, the media have an impact on life issues and those who promote the sanctity of […]

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Farmington plans extra Masses during Spoon River Drive

FARMINGTON — Those who will be participating in the 42nd annual Spoon River Drive through Fulton County are invited to stop for Mass at St. Matthew’s Church, 156 E. Vernon St. Father Bruce King, IC, pastor, said that in addition to the regular Saturday liturgy at 5 p.m., Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. […]

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Calendar for diocesan visit of National Pilgrim Virgin Statue

THE NATIONAL Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the United States will tour throughout the Diocese of Peoria for 15 days at the beginning of October, a month of special rosary devotion. The 4-foot-tall statue was blessed by Pope Paul VI and presented to our country by the Bishop of Fatima to carry the message of conversion […]

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Fr. Fitzgerald, OMI, dies; built, directed King’s House

BELLEVILLE — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Oct. 1, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Church here for Father J. Vincent Fitzgerald, OMI, a native of Troy Grove who oversaw construction of King’s House of Retreats in Henry and served as its first director. Father Fitzgerald died Sunday, […]

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