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Servants of Holy Heart of Mary celebrate in Urbana

URBANA — Due to a lack of available Sisters, it took two requests to bring the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary to Mercy Hospital here. They didn’t have to be asked twice to stay, however. The Sisters assumed responsibility for what is now known as Provena Covenant Medical Center on Aug. 9, 1926, […]

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Seminarian scholarship dinner raises $30,000 for new fund

Msgr. George Carton would be pleased. The vocations director of the Diocese of Peoria and its seminarians certainly are. An Aug. 6 dinner to explain and seek funds for a new college seminarian scholarship fund named for the late Msgr. Carton — longtime diocesan chancellor who founded a Seminarian Endowment Fund decades ago — raised […]

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What values will bring lasting joy in this changing world?

By: Msgr. Stuart Swetland Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 22Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 117:1,2; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30 In today’s Collect (Opening Prayer) we pray:Father,Help us to seek the valuesThat will bring us lasting joy in this changing world.In our desire for what you promiseMake us one in mind and heart. What are these “values” […]

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Catholic schools reopen; Bishop says Gospel their heart, soul

There was no doubt that the principals and pastors of Catholic schools who gathered at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on Aug. 12 believe in Catholic education, according to a fellow educator and the chief catechist of the Diocese of Peoria. “We know how necessary for our faith, for our communities, for our state, […]

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Sr. Rose Therese professes perpetual vows as Franciscan

Sister Rose Therese Mann, OSF, knew from the time she was 13 that she wanted to enter religious life and she wanted to do it as a member of a Franciscan community. While she communicated with several of them in high school and college, it took just one visit to the East Peoria motherhouse of […]

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Expanded Newman Center, new chapel opens at ISU-Normal

NORMAL — St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Newman Center had a very special welcome for new and returning Catholic students to Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities last weekend: A new spiritual home. The first Masses were celebrated Sunday, Aug. 22, in the new Chapel of St. Robert Bellarmine, located at 501 S. Main. “Everyone’s very […]

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$2 million donation boosts OSF Hospice Home project

A private, anonymous donation of $2 million has revitalized plans for a proposed OSF Hospice Home to serve terminally ill patients and support their families in the Peoria area. The donation to OSF Home Care Services, which intends to build the area’s first hospice home near the OSF Center for Health on Route 91 northwest […]

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Brad Colvis accepts position with Diocese of Sacramento

Brad Colvis, associate director of evangelization and director of youth and young adult ministry in the Diocese of Peoria since 2006, has accepted a position with the Diocese of Sacramento in California as associate director of catechesis in the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis. Colvis’ last day with the diocese was Friday, Aug. 13, and […]

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Church steps up relief work as Pakistan struggles with flood

By: By Anto Akkara, Catholic News Service BANGALORE, India (CNS) — Church charities in Pakistan stepped up their efforts Aug. 12 to distribute vitally needed relief supplies to some of the millions of people affected by the worst flood in the South Asian nation’s history. The response gained momentum as Pope Benedict XVI expressed his […]

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Catholic agencies collect $303 million for Haiti quake relief

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic agencies around the world have collected more than $303 million for Haitian earthquake relief with additional funds continuing to arrive daily. The amount — totaling $303,362,571 as of Aug. 10 — reflects money from special collections sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, the worldwide network of […]

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