Deacon Timothy Hepner: Ready to make self-gift as priest

By: By Jennifer Willems Born in Bloomington, Deacon Timothy Hepner grew up in rural Lexington as the sixth of Brandon and Karen Hepner’s 10 children. His home parish is St. Mary’s in Pontiac, which is sending two busloads of parishioners to the May 26 ordination to celebrate with him and Deacon Steffen, who also claims […]

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Deacon Daniel Gifford: Vocation was ‘a gradual revelation’

By: By Jennifer Willems If things had gone according to his plans, Deacon Daniel Gifford would have been a teacher, gotten married and settled down with a family. God had other plans. “It was a gradual revelation,” Deacon Gifford told The Catholic Post. “It became a serious question early in my second year at Illinois […]

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U. of I. Newman grad launches site

Photo Caption: Woodhull native and 2012 University of Illinois graduate Kristin DeSutter has created a website to offer faith-filled young adults a solid Catholic presence on the Internet and in social media. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — Kristin DeSutter will receive her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois this weekend […]

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At age 109, was Kangley woman diocese’s senior Catholic?

Photo Caption: Frances M. Fabina, a member of Annunciation Parish in Eagle Township, died April 18 in Streator at the age of 109. EAGLE TOWNSHIP — Frances M. Fabina was “a lovely woman” and “a very good Catholic,” according to her pastor. And when she died at a private care home in Streator on April […]

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New Catholic Charities direction to be unveiled at Bishop’s Gala

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who is observing his 10th anniversary as Bishop of Peoria, is pictured with Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, president of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. Those who attend the Bishop’s Gala on Friday, June 1, will come away with new tastes, a revived spirit and a […]

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Friends create way to support Bishop Jenky, religious freedom

Photo Caption: Rose Marie Rudolph, left, and Veronica Axelson display a wristband that proclaims “I Support Bishop Jenky” and “Freedom of Religion.” By: By Tom Dermody GERMANTOWN HILLS — A way that two friends found to publicly show support for Bishop Daniel R. Jenky’s bold stand on religious freedom is quickly catching on around the […]

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Bless them all

An emotional highlight of the “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” happens early in the program when Father Jerry Logan calls forward fathers and their sons in attendance on the Peoria riverfront. He then encourages the fathers to bless their sons as the Litany of St. Joseph is prayed. It is powerful to watch […]

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God offers a love that doesn’t grow old with time

By: By Sharon Priester Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 13 Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 How many times have we heard someone say, “I love this pizza” or “I love your new car”? Love is a word used over and over by each of us. Pope Benedict XVI […]

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Meet four who will be ordained priests for our diocese May 26

Photo Caption: Clockwise from upper left, are Deacons Daniel Gifford, Timothy Hepner, Johnathan Steffen, and Joel Phelps. By: By Jennifer Willems Filled with knowledge, the four young men who will be ordained priests for the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, May 26, are also filled with a desire to boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus […]

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