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Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, is elected to guide St. Bede Abbey

By: By Jennifer Willems PERU — St. Bede Abbey has a new spiritual leader. Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, was elected the eighth abbot of the monastery on June 7. He succeeds Abbot Claude Peifer, OSB, who completed his eight-year term on June 6. Overseeing the election process was Abbot Hugh Anderson, OSB, president of the […]

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Empowered by Holy Spirit, we reach to embrace wounded world

By: By Sister Agnes Cunningham, SSCM Solemnity of Pentecost, June 12 Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13; Pentecost Sequence (Veni, Sancte, Spiritus); John 20:19-23 As we ponder today’s scriptural texts, we realize that the Pentecost-Event is proclaimed not in the Gospel, but in the first reading. The selection from John is, […]

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Religion may play crucial role again in 2012 campaign

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As seven Republican candidates for president prepared for a June 13 debate in New Hampshire and others waited in the wings, there were signs that religion will play as big a role in the 2012 election as it has in other recent campaigns. Many of the declared or potential candidates lined up […]

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Diocese hosts 200 leaders of Society of St. Vincent de Paul

New and younger generations of volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul must be welcomed and empowered to continue the organization’s Christ-centered direct service to the poor, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky told more than 200 leaders of the Society from the Midwest meeting in Peoria June 2-4. At the conference’s closing Mass at […]

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New Orleans to Champaign bike ride to raise pro-life funds

Two young men with connections to the Diocese of Peoria will lead a bicycle ride from New Orleans, La., to Champaign — a distance of 866 miles — to raise money and awareness for the pro-life cause. Jimmy Becker and Mike Schaefer, both graduates of the University of Illinois, began “Biking for Babies” two years […]

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18 Champaign-area parishes link for ‘heart-to-heart’ with bishop

Editor’s note: Dozens of photos from this celebration may be viewed and, if desired, purchased by clicking on the camera icon in the left margin of this page. Photos have also been posted on our Facebook page. —– URBANA — In a memorable evening billed as a “Heart-to-Heart” between Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and […]

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Risk of losing foster care spurs legal action by Catholic Charities

Photo Caption: A couple comforts a foster child. The Catholic dioceses of Peoria, Joliet, and Springfield are seeking legal confirmation that their mission of providing foster care services can continue. Editor’s note: For full text of letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, regarding this topic, click here —– Catholic Charities of the Diocese of […]

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Pentecost Mass on June 12 to honor gift of Holy Spirit

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Peoria is sponsoring a Pentecost Mass and potluck supper “in honor of the gift of the Holy Spirit” on Sunday, June 12, at St. Ann’s Church, 1010 S. Louisa St., in Peoria. Praise will begin at 4:15 p.m. Father Terry Cassidy, pastor, will celebrate the Mass, which […]

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Catholic Charismatic Renewal sets prayer workshop June 25

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is offering a prayer workshop on Saturday, June 25, to prepare those who would like to pray with others at the group’s July conference, “The Father’s Promise.” Deacon Bob Pomazal will facilitate the workshop, which will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison […]

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Raffle June 24 benefits LaSalle branch of Catholic Charities

LASALLE — The LaSalle Branch Office of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is selling raffle tickets to benefit agency programs. Tickets are $1 each and the winners will be announced at a drawing planned for Friday, June 24. The prizes include an overnight package at the Lincolnshire Marriott that includes dinner and theater […]

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