Renovation project builds community at St. Paul’s, Danville

By: By Jennifer Willems DANVILLE — Giving thanks is something that comes naturally to the members of St. Paul’s Parish here. Not only have they been marking the 100th anniversary of their founding this year, but they have a beautifully redecorated church in which to do it. That will stand them in good stead as […]

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St. Vincent’s School, Peoria, receives Blue Ribbon Award

Representatives from St. Vincent de Paul Grade School in Peoria have returned from ceremonies in Washington, D.C., where the school was recognized at the National Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony. Attending were Msgr. Jason Gray, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and three teachers: Sarah Hogan, 3rd grade; Froncie Clubb, 3rd grade; and Jenn Huss, […]

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Trip to Rome was especially meaningful for Bishop Jenky

By: By Jennifer Willems When the Holy Cross “family” gathered in Rome to celebrate the canonization of one of their own, St. Andre Bessette, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was there and it was a special moment for him not just as a Holy Cross priest but as spiritual leader of the Diocese of Peoria. […]

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Moline woman elected to NCSF board of directors

When members of the National Catholic Society of Foresters met in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last month, they elected a new slate of officers and national directors. One of those national directors is Linda Ortiz of Moline, who will serve for the next four years. Involved in NCSF for 38 years, Ortiz is currently the president […]

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East Moline ‘prayer warrior’ keeps faith alive at 100

By: By Jennifer Willems EAST MOLINE — Even during casual conversation, Ann Tilton has a rosary in her hands. It’s wrapped inconspicuously around her left wrist and she fingers it in a very natural way as she talks. “I just love to pray the rosary,” she shares with a broad smile, confiding that many times […]

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Diocese suspends Sheen cause efforts, will still promote message

With “great sadness and disappointment” and after nine years of effort and sacrifice, the Diocese of Peoria is suspending its efforts on behalf of the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. But the diocese remains committed to promoting the message of the “holy priest” and native of El Paso, who was ordained a priest of […]

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Senior Priest status for Msgr. Robert W. O’Connor, 87

By: By Jennifer Willems LEWISTOWN — For 50 years, Msgr. Robert W. O’Connor has made his home among the people of St. Mary’s in Lewistown and St. Michael’s in St. David and being named a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria isn’t going to change that very much. He is in the process of […]

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Lesson for our ‘older brothers’ meaningful for us, too

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 14 Malachi 3:19-20a; Psalm 98:5-6,7-8,9; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 My father attended a one-room, country school, in rural Dixon. When his teacher would instruct the students at the various grade levels, his older and younger brothers couldn’t help but overhear each other’s lectures. […]

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Two sports state titles in one day for Peoria Notre Dame

By: By Tom Dermody (Editor’s note: For photos from Monday’s celebratory events, click on “Post Photos” camera icon in the left margin.) Forty-eight hours after reaching their lofty goals on the same day, the state champion boys soccer and girls cross country teams from Peoria Notre Dame High School climbed high aboard a fire truck […]

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