National Blue Ribbon Award to St. Vincent de Paul School “team”

Photo Caption: Surrounded by U.S. and diocesan dignitaries after ceremonies Monday, Bishop Jenky and Msgr. Gray hold a plaque recognizing St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. By: By Tom Dermody On a gymnasium stage surrounded by banners recalling athletic success, the entire St. Vincent de Paul School […]

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Christmas concert Dec. 10 at new Newman chapel at ISU

NORMAL — The students of the John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University will present a Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the new St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel, 501 S. Main. Proceeds will support students going to World Youth Day in Spain next August. A suggested donation is $5, […]

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DCCW ‘Marian preparation for Christmas’ set in Galesburg

GALESBURG — Father William Miller, IC, will be the spiritual director for “A Marian Preparation for Christmas,” which will be hosted by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The day will be held at Corpus Christi Church, 273 S. Prairie St. Father Miller is pastor of Corpus Christ, as well […]

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Joan Weber to direct Chicago province of women’s group

By: By Jennifer Willems Joan Weber may not be the president of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women anymore — she installed her successor, Nympha White of Grand Ridge, at the organization’s Oct. 16 convention — but her service to women of faith in Illinois isn’t done quite yet. For the next two years […]

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Turn down the volume and listen to Advent readings

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28 Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5,6-7,8-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 The prophet Isaiah is a steadfast companion in Advent. The prophet introduces the season in the first reading by describing the pilgrimage by which we journey to Christmas. He identifies three motivations for undertaking the […]

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U.N. Fatima statue coming to 4 communities in diocese

The United Nations International Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be brought to several locations in the Diocese of Peoria in early December to inspire prayer and promote the Fatima message. Accompanying the statue — one of four official International Pilgrim Virgin Statues from the World Apostolate of Fatima — during stops in Moline, […]

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Journalist explores church’s future trends at Epiphany, Normal

By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Catholics must better unite in a “spirituality of communion” or risk being “steamrolled” by 21st century challenges such as the biotech revolution, journalist John L Allen Jr. told about 200 people at a fundraising dinner for Epiphany Parish here last Sunday. Allen, senior correspondent for National Catholic Reporter, discussed […]

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Capsule reviews of recently released movies

The following movie reviews are supplied 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, as well as earlier releases, visit This list will be updated regularly, and all reviews are copyright (c) 2010 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference […]

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Catholic Charities history is focus of museum exhibit

By: By Jennifer Willems Making history is nothing new for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. For 130 years, the agency and its forerunners have looked for new ways to serve those in need while remaining true to the mission of treating all with compassion, dignity and respect. That long history is being traced […]

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