Celebration of four new deacons to continue in home parishes

Photo Caption: From left are Father James Kruse, new deacons Daniel Gifford and Timothy Heppner, Bishop Jenky, new deacons Joel Phelps and Johnathan Steffen, and Msgr. Paul Showalter, PA. By: By Tom Dermody The joy experienced at a packed St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday will echo in the coming days at the home parishes for […]

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70,000 witness Sister Dulce, Brazil’s Mother Teresa, beatified

SALVADOR, Brazil (CNS) — Despite intermittent rain, 70,000 people gathered in a park for the the beatification of the nun sometimes called Brazil’s Mother Teresa. Born as Maria Rita de Souza Brito Lopes Pontes in 1914, she was known to Brazilian Catholics as simply Sister Dulce, the mother of the poor. Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo […]

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Help Newman Center group win WYD global song contest

NORMAL — First things first. “Votar” is Spanish for “Vote,” and to help a group of World Youth Day pilgrims-to-be from the Pope John Paul II Catholic Newman Center here win a global song contest, click “Votar” in the video link above. (The Spanish that comes up after voting invites you to rate the song […]

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Holocaust survivor to Alleman H.S. students: Go ‘beyond self’

ROCK ISLAND — For today’s youth, World War II and the Nazi Holocaust may seem like “ancient history,” as far removed from modern day as the Civil War. The student body of Alleman High School here, however, came face-to-face with history May 2 when Holocaust survivor Walter Reed, now 87, captivated and challenged them during […]

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Diocese echoes world chorus of love for Blessed John Paul II

By: By Tom Dermody The applause was from hundreds, not the million-plus who had gathered in Rome for his beatification the previous weekend, but the affection for Blessed Pope John Paul II was just as deep and sincere among those attending a diocese-wide Mass of Thanksgiving in Peoria last Saturday. “This is certainly a moment […]

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Pekin parishioner-grad succeeds despite sight, hearing challenges

By: By Tom Dermody PEKIN — Because he is blind and nearly completely deaf, Josh Wertz often depends on being led by others, including his guide dog of eight years, Ace. But when the Class of 2011 graduates from the Department of Human Development Counseling at the University of Illinois at Springfield process into commencement […]

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Jordan Catholic, Rock Island, breaks ground for big addition

ROCK ISLAND — With expressions of gratitude to God and to all who are supporting the project, Jordan Catholic School here broke ground last Friday for a $2.6 million school addition and renovation. “Today, we are opening a new chapter in the quality of education for the young people of this area,” said Mike Daly, […]

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Catholic high schools in diocese to graduate 706 seniors

The seven Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Peoria have scheduled graduation ceremonies and Masses for their 706 seniors in the coming weeks. In Peru, a graduation Mass for the 61 seniors of St. Bede Academy will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at St. Bede Abbey Church. A reception will […]

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