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Fr. Royer, longtime Champaign pastor, to senior status

CHAMPAIGN — Father Tom Royer has lived a “very rich life” by focusing on those in need. “The Gospel tells of the rich rewards of those who follow the call of (Christ),” said Father Royer, 76, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish here since 1973. He was granted senior status on March 1 by Bishop Daniel […]

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Area Catholic school teacher safely home from Japan disaster

By: By Tom Dermody Erin Pantages was in a grocery store check-out line in Mito, Japan, buying candy to bring home for her students at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights when the earthquake struck on Friday, March 11. The students won’t be getting the candy. Pantages left it in the basket when […]

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Princeton vocation director to Africa for 3-month mission

PRINCETON — “Go where there is need of you” is one of the mottos of the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation and that is what Sister Anne Germaine Picard, SMP, of Princeton plans to do this spring. On March 31 she will travel to Cameroon in East Africa to minister with the Sisters of […]

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450 women of faith something to “Behold” at conference

By: By Jennifer Willems WASHINGTON — The sounds of babies cooing and burbling, and women laughing and occasionally sniffling and wiping away tears mixed with words of wisdom, words of prayer and words of song to fill the Caterpillar Performing Arts Theatre at Five Points here for “Behold! A Catholic Conference on the Dignity and […]

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Sister Virginia Ann Glogowski, OSF, dies; funeral Monday

WEST PEORIA — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the chapel of Immaculate Conception Convent at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, for Sister Virginia Ann Glogowski, OSF. A native of Peru, Ill., Sister Virginia Ann died Thursday morning, March 10, at Mother of Peace Home in West Peoria. She was 86. Visitation […]

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U.S., Illinois bishops laud repeal of state’s death penalty

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) congratulated the Illinois bishops, the Catholic Conference of Illinois, the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty, and all advocates for their work to bring about the repeal of the death penalty in Illinois. “These advocates have worked tirelessly to […]

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Irish church leaders plan for 2012 eucharistic congress

DUBLIN (CNS) — Irish Catholic leaders formally announced plans for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, including efforts to keep the costs affordable. The congress will be June 10-17, 2012, at various locations in the Dublin archdiocese, including Royal Dublin Society. The closing Mass will be held at Dublin’s Croke Park and is expected to attract […]

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First auxiliary bishop for Indianapolis since 1933 ordained

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — A witness to mystery. That is how Indianapolis Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein described Bishop Christopher J. Coyne in a homily that he delivered just minutes before he ordained the Boston archdiocesan priest as the first auxiliary bishop for the church in central and southern Indiana since 1933. “In a secularized world that […]

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