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First woman elected to head Society of St. Vincent de Paul

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Sheila Gilbert, a national officer for the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the past six years, became the first woman to head the organization Sept. 3. Gilbert said she was humbled and grateful for this new responsibility. “Having been involved in the organization for some 30 years, I […]

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High School Youth Rally to return with events on Oct. 8

Photo Caption: Mary Bielski will be among the presenters at High School Youth Rally 2011. Photo from marybielski.com High school teens and youth group leaders from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to High School Youth Rally 2011, a day of live music, games, and celebration of Mass with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. […]

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Two Rock Island parishes hosting mission Sept. 10-14

ROCK ISLAND — Nationally known author and preacher Father Tom Allender, SJ, will be homilist at all Masses at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s parishes here the weekend of Sept. 10 and 11 in conjunction with a parish mission that continues the next three nights. “The Fruits of the Holy Spirit: A Spiritual Inventory” is […]

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Even a circus is evangelization during Mission Metamora: pastor

Photo Caption: Father Donald Roszkowski, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Metamora and St. Elizabeth’s, Washburn, visits Francis, a 9-year-old African lion, during a circus hosted by the Metamora parish Aug. 25. By: By Jennifer Willems METAMORA — Evangelization comes in all shapes and sizes. As St. Mary’s Parish here recently demonstrated, it can even […]

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Area pilgrims embrace pope’s World Youth Day challenges

Photo Caption: Members of the “Witnesses to Love” pilgrims to World Youth Day from the John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal pose in Madrid. Molly McClowry returned from World Youth Day in Spain ready to become the missionary for Christ that Pope Benedict XVI challenged her and 1.4 million other young pilgrims to […]

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Thank you, Jeanne Whalen

If you have been a part of almost any diocesan committee or commission for the past three decades, you likely have witnessed — and marveled at — the faith and the organizational skills of Jeanne Whalen. A member of the diocesan staff since 1981 and a former director of evangelization and youth ministry, Jeanne has […]

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Craig Dyke appointed diocesan Office of Evangelization director

Photo Caption: Craig Dyke defines evangelization as “the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ by both word and the testimony of our life.” Craig Dyke, assistant director of the Office of Marriage and Family since 2005, has been named director of the diocesan Office of Evangelization. He becomes the office’s first director since […]

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Tim Roder named director of diocesan Office of Family Life

Photo Caption: Tim Roder has assisted in the Office of Family Life for 13 years, including the last 11 as director of its Office of Marriage and Family. Tim Roder, who has assisted in the Diocese of Peoria’s Office of Family Life for 13 years — including the last 11 as director of its Office […]

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Abp. Myers’ heart was joined to Newark flock by 9/11 attacks

Photo Caption: Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark is a former priest of the Diocese of Peoria who served as Bishop of Peoria from 1990 to 2001, preceded by three years as coadjutor bishop. NEWARK, N.J. — Even before he could take up pastoral care for the 1.5 million Catholics of the Archdiocese of Newark, […]

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Quad Cities’ Christian-Muslim women’s dialogue expands

ROCK ISLAND — As the desire for peace and understanding grows, so does an annual dialogue among the women of the Quad Cities. For six years Catholic and Muslim women have been coming together each fall to talk about faith and how it is lived out in each tradition. Joining them around the table this […]

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