14 complete training as spiritual directors for diocese

Fourteen men and women have completed the reading, study and reflection required to become spiritual directors in the Diocese of Peoria. The two-year process was led by Father Albert Haase, OFM, and Jessie Vicha, with assistance from Sister Linda Burkitt, OSF, as facilitator. This is the second class of spiritual directors to complete the training […]

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Discipleship calls us to reach out to one another in love

By: By Sharon Priester Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 23 Zechariah 12:10-11; 13:1; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9; Galatians 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24 This week’s Gospel is part of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee. Luke tells us how Jesus ministered to the people as he traveled through Galilee after being baptized in the Jordan River. Since he was known […]

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Three Salesian priests named to serve in Champaign posts

CHAMPAIGN — Father David Sajdak, SDB, has been named pastor of Holy Cross Parish here by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. He succeeds Father Stephen Willard, who has been appointed pastor of St. Patrick in Washington and St. Monica in East Peoria. Joining Father David as parochial vicar will be Father Jose Santa Bibiana, SDB. […]

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New parishes created, other mergers set to take effect July 1

Photo Caption: To symbolize the approaching merger in Kewanee, a St. Francis Garden has been created on the grounds of St. Mary Parish. Father Anthony Bernas, administrator, offers a helping hand to the work crew. By: By Tom Dermody The face of the Diocese of Peoria will change July 1 when the first stage of […]

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Reflect on rights as Fortnight for Freedom opens, urges bishop

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a letter from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria. For more information about the Fortnight for Freedom and threats to religious liberty, visit —– Dear Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria, There has always been anti-Catholicism in the United States of America. Some organizations and lodges, some […]

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Carnival at Epiphany, Normal, opens Thursday, June 13

NORMAL — Epiphany Church, 1006 E. College Ave., is planning its annual carnival for Thursday, June 13, from 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, June 14, from 4 to 11 p.m.; and Saturday, June 15, from 3 to 11 p.m. Buying a wristband for $15 from the Normal Knights of Columbus will entitle the wearer to […]

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Silent directed retreat planned at Benet House, Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — “Listen with the Ear of Your Heart” is the theme for a silent directed retreat offered from Sunday, July 21, to Wednesday, July 24, at Benet House Retreat Center on the grounds of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Avenue West. The spiritual directors will be Sister Mary Schmidt, OSB, and Abbot Philip […]

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Dalzell parish collecting baby items to help Stork Support

DALZELL — Members of St. Thomas More Parish are collecting baby items through June 15 at the chapel, 302 Chestnut St., in support of Stork Support, a non-profit organization that has been helping women before, during and after birth since 1989. Based at Eagle Rock Christian Center, 2930 Meridian Road, in Peru, Stork Support will […]

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Current movies reviewed on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn star in a scene from the movie “The Internship.” The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience. The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film and Broadcasting. For full reviews […]

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