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Benkovic: New evangelization ‘has to come from the heart’

By: By Jennifer Willems When it comes to winning souls for Christ, witness is much more effective than a war of words, according to lay evangelist Johnnette Benkovic. “The idea is not to convince someone. You may know the best thing for them is faith, but you have to respect where that person is,” she […]

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Mothers, daughters share tea, truth with Johnnette Benkovic

Photo Caption: Nikki Chandler of St. Patrick’s Parish, Washington, chats with speaker Johnnette Benkovic after the inaugural Mother-Daughter Tea hosted by the diocesan Office of Evangelization on June 15. By: By Jennifer Willems No matter what they might have been feeling when they came to the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria to have tea with […]

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Widowed, divorced are urged to “H.O.P.E.” in God’s plan

Photo Caption: Johnnette Benkovic opened and closed her keynote talks at the Conference for the Widowed and Divorced with prayer. By: By Jennifer Willems There is no escaping the cross and that’s OK by Johnnette Benkovic. “Whatever our circumstance is in life, whatever cross God entrusts to us, God wants to use it for our […]

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Marquette Academy inducts two into its Hall of Fame

OTTAWA — The newest members of the Marquette Academy Hall of Fame are Sister Judy Aubry, OP, and Bob Durdan. They were chosen from a large group of nominees by a committee of members of the Marquette “family.” The daughter of John and Ann Aubry, Sister Judy was born and raised in Ottawa. She graduated […]

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Unique icon writing retreat planned at St. Bede Abbey

PERU — Icons aren’t painted, they’re written in the context of prayer and reflection, and Joseph Malham of Chicago will guide 10 people through the process at an icon writing retreat July 24-29 at St. Bede Abbey. No previous art or icon writing experience is necessary to participate in the retreat and workshop. Participants will […]

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Franciscans host garden party in West Peoria on June 30

WEST PEORIA — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception are inviting their friends and neighbors to a garden party on Saturday, June 30, as part of their centennial celebration. It will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at their motherhouse at 2408 W. Heading Ave. “Hats Off to 100 Years in […]

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St. Boniface Church, Seymour, to be rededicated in 100th year

Photo Caption: Bisho Jenky will rededicate the 100-year-old St. Boniface Church during an 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, July 8. SEYMOUR — St. Boniface Parish will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its church building with a Mass and a luncheon on Sunday, July 8. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will be principal celebrant of an […]

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Lostant parish celebrates 150 years with Mass this Sunday

Photo Caption: Father Hans Flonder, OFM Conv., is pictured with some of the members of St. John the Baptist Parish, Lostant, which will observe its sesquicentennial with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Jenky on June 24. LOSTANT — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will join the members of St. John the Baptist Church here on […]

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‘Fortnight for Freedom’ to be observed June 21 to July 4

By: By Jennifer Willems The ringing of church bells and Sunday homilies devoted to the subject are just two ways Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Peoria will “promote, protect, and pray for religious freedom” during a “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4. “I have called on all pastors of our diocese […]

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