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New assignments for 42 priests will take effect in June

Forty-two priests of the Diocese of Peoria are receiving new assignments in appointments affecting dozens of parishes and institutions. The full list of appointments made by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, can be found here. Meanwhile, first assignments for the four new priests to be ordained this Saturday, May 26, will appear following their ordination […]

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29 permanent deacons are ordained for service to diocese

Photo Caption: Newly ordained Deacon William Scott (facing camera) of St. Matthew’s Parish in Champaign is embraced by Deacon Rob Heiple of Metamora, who was ordained a decade ago. By: By Tom Dermody In the moments before his ordination to the permanent diaconate last Saturday, Deacon Tom Gainey lay face down on the floor of […]

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Publication of ‘VatiLeaks’ letters ‘criminal act’: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Italian television journalist who set off the “VatiLeaks” controversy by releasing private letters to Pope Benedict XVI and between Vatican officials has published a large collection of leaked documents in a new book called “Your Holiness.” In a statement May 19, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, called the publication […]

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Lawsuits by 43 dioceses, groups seek to stop HHS mandate

By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Forty-three Catholic dioceses, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and other institutions filed suit in federal court May 21 to stop three government agencies from implementing a mandate that would require them to cover contraceptives and sterilization in their health plans. “Through this lawsuit, plaintiffs […]

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Pope urges U.S. Catholics to strive for greater unity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged American Catholics to strive for greater unity, especially among ethnic groups and between bishops and religious orders, in order to carry out the church’s mission in an increasingly hostile society. The pope made his remarks May 18 in a speech to U.S. bishops from the Chaldean, Ruthenian, […]

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Charismatic renewal offers prayer workshop on June 2

Deacon Bob Pomazal will lead a prayer workshop on Saturday, June 2, at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., in Peoria. Sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Peoria, it will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The workshop is being offered in preparation […]

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Ottawa parish plans pork chop dinner Wednesday night

OTTAWA — St. Francis of Assisi Church, 820 Sanger St., will offer a Fay’s Bar-B-Que Bash on Wednesday, May 23, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The cost is $11 for a dinner that features two pork chops or half a chicken or a combination of both. Side dishes include baked beans and coleslaw. The event […]

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Provena in Danville to host Girls’ Night Out Mammogram Party

DANVILLE — The Women’s Health Center at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, 812 N. Logan Ave., will host a “Girls’ Night Out Mammogram Party” on Wednesday, May 23, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Those who attend will be able to enjoy refreshments, a chair massage and a manicure along with their mammogram, and hear from […]

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Deacon Johnathan Steffen: Knows that prayer has power

By: By Jennifer Willems Deacon Johnathan Steffen knows that prayer has power. While practicing law in Pontiac, he started going to daily Mass at St. Mary’s Church. One morning, as he walked from his car to the church, he prayed that this would be the Mass that changed his life. Msgr. Thomas Mack, the pastor, […]

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Deacon Joel Phelps: Cites U of I Newman Center experiences

By: By Jennifer Willems Two pastors of St. Philomena’s Parish in Monticello will offer assistance to Deacon Joel Phelps during his ordination weekend. The current pastor, Father Bruce Lopez, will be his vesting priest during the ordination liturgy. Father Patrick DeMeulemeester, who served in Monticello during Deacon Phelps’ first years in the seminary, will be […]

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