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Peoria Notre Dame breaks ground for new campus complex

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the 71.5-acre site for a new Peoria Notre Dame High School during groundbreaking ceremonies on Sept. 28. The first phase will be a unified athletic complex. By: By Tom Dermody With prayers, gratitude, and several chants of “Go Irish!,” a field of Catholic high school dreams was […]

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Vicars named for Champaign, Kewanee, Pontiac vicariates

Bishop Jenky has appointed new vicars for the vicariates of Champaign, Kewanee, and Pontiac. Effective immediately, the new vicar of the Champaign vicariate will be Father Joseph Hogan, pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Urbana and St. Mary’s Parish, Champaign. The new vicar of the Kewanee vicariate will be Father Tony Lee, pastor of St. […]

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St. Mary’s Hospital, Streator, marks 125 years on Oct. 6

Photo Caption: The public is invited to a Mass of Thanksgiving and reception on Saturday, Oct. 6, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator. STREATOR — St. Mary’s Hospital will mark its 125th anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 711 Lundy […]

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NRLC president to keynote Respect Life Dinner Oct. 7

Photo Caption: Carol Tobias is president of the National Right to Life Committee. Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, will be keynote speaker at the 31st annual Respect Life Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Cater Inn Banquet Center in Peoria. The NRLC is the oldest and largest pro-life organization […]

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’40 Days for Life’ begin in Peoria, Champaign, Quad Cities

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky urges those at a kickoff event for “40 Days for Life” in Peoria to believe in the “power of the cross” as they and communities across the U.S. unite in prayer for an end to abortion. By: By Tom Dermody Urging united prayer, renewed optimism, and belief in the “power of […]

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Danville parish ‘a big family’ for secretary marking 30 years

By: By Jennifer Willems DANVILLE — How do you plan a surprise celebration for someone when the person you’re honoring generally helps to plan parish celebrations? In the case of Mary Rothery, parish secretary at Holy Family Church here, it happens with a lot of good humor and love, just as it would in any […]

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Diocese’s golden and silver anniversary couples renew vows

Photo Caption: Golden anniversary couple Ted and Virginia Gilles (foreground) of St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Princeville were among couples renewing their vows at the annual diocesan Anniversary Mass Sept. 16. By: By Tom Dermody Some might say it was chance that brought John Minnaert of Atkinson, then a worker on the County […]

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Bishop invites men to consider joining the Knights of Columbus

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky processes through a Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Honor Guard at the recent Erin Feis in Peoria. Following is the full text of a Sept. 14 letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC: —– Sept. 14, 2012Triumph of the Cross My dear Brothers in Christ, As Catholic men, we are called […]

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Muslim-Jewish-Christian women continue dialogue in Moline

Photo Caption: Among those planting “seeds of understanding” Sept. 24 were Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, Alisa Antonelli of Davenport and Sr. Judith Therese McNulty, BVM, of Moline. By: By Jennifer Willems MOLINE — When Pope Benedict XVI recently visited Lebanon, he called on Catholics to dialogue with their Orthodox, […]

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