Tornadoes strike communities; lives, Catholic facilities spared

By: By Tom Dermody STREATOR — Msgr. John Prendergast said nearly everyone who came to a Red Cross Relief Center set up at St. Stephen’s gym and cafeteria after a tornado ravaged the nearby neighborhood last Saturday night shared a similar thought: “Thank God I’m alive.” “Anything after that, everyone realized, is all a blessing,” […]

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National Catholic press award to Post’s Jennifer Willems

Touching, “well-written” and “uplifting” were among the adjectives judges used to describe a story by Catholic Post assistant editor Jennifer Willems that earned second place honors for Best News Writing (Local/Regional) from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. In the story, headlined “Family is received into the church at 8-year-old’s funeral” […]

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Former Peoria pastor named bishop of La Crosse, Wis.

WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI has named Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop William P. Callahan, OFM, Conv., 59, as Bishop of La Crosse, Wis. The announcement was made in Washington, June 11, by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. Bishop Callahan served at Holy Family Parish in Peoria from 1984 to 1994, first as […]

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Mass draws First Communicants, closes ‘Year of the Rosary’

By: By Tom Dermody (Note: To view dozens of photos from this event, click on the “Post Photos” icon at left.) For the Olsen family from St. Patrick’s Parish in Washington, coming to the annual diocesan Mass for First Holy Communicants has become a “family tradition.” This year James and Amy Olsen’s son Jameson was […]

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Ratings and reviews of recently released movies

Following are ratings and capsule reviews of recently released films. The reviews are by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews of these films, visit This list will be updated periodically as the reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service. […]

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Editorial: Are you a good Catholic father?

Next Sunday, June 20, many fathers will receive cards, gifts, phone calls and e-mails from loving children or spouses telling us we are good Dads. The sentiments are appreciated, and often hard-earned. But if you want a more objective, introspective look at how you’re measuring up as a Catholic Dad, we recommend taking a survey […]

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Bishop’s DVD message to debut at widowed, divorced event

Persons attending the first Diocesan Conference for the Widowed and Divorced on Saturday, June 26, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria will return home with more than knowledge gained from keynote presentations and workshops. They’ll also receive a newly produced, 11-minute DVD in which Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, offers a “Message for the […]

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16 LaSalle area parishes take part in procession

LASALLE — It isn’t a long walk from St. Hyacinth’s Church to the Felician Center and back again, but that’s all the time Jesus needed to draw people to himself during a Corpus Christi procession hosted by the LaSalle vicariate last Sunday. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, joined First Communicants, the newly confirmed, area priests […]

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Fr. Carlson, Fr. Pankiewicz ordained for diocese, assigned

Photo Caption: Father Paul Carlson, left, and Father James Pankiewicz lay prostrate on the sanctuary floor of St. Mary’s Cathedral. (For dozens more photos from the ordination, click on the camera link at left.) By: By Tom Dermody With “hearts full of joy,” the Diocese of Peoria welcomed Father Paul R. Carlson and Father James […]

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