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At some level, were you just a bit disappointed to learn that the “mystery priest” had come forward in that much-talked-about auto accident and rescue case involving a young Quincy woman last week? We Catholics love and embrace mysteries of the deepest kind. On Thursday, when most receive this newspaper, we will be celebrating the […]

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Another beloved O’Rourke is residing at St. Augustine Manor

Photo Caption: Tom O’Rourke, the youngest brother of Bishop Edward W. O’Rourke and the late bishop’s only surviving sibling, is seen at St. Augustine Manor in Peoria, where the bishop lived in his retirement years. There is another O’Rourke at St. Augustine Manor in Peoria. And Tom O’Rourke, at 87 the youngest and last surviving […]

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How do we follow, live out the will of God?

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 18 Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2,3,4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! . . . Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, […]

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Before career, U of I grad serves children in Uganda

Photo Caption: John Sanderson poses with some new friends from the St. Jerome COVE Center in Kapeeka, Uganda. He will be sponsoring one of the students there next year. By: By Jennifer Willems Children heading back to school in central Illinois don’t have to worry about where they’re going to get fresh water to wash […]

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Bishop blesses Mary statue during visit to Farmer City

By: By Sarah B. Williams, for The Catholic Post FARMER CITY — A spring break youth group project of cleaning the rectory attic to remove old boxes and unwanted belongings led to the purchase of a new Mary statue for Sacred Heart Church in Farmer City. After cleaning that morning, the teens sat down for […]

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Catechetical leaders reminded learning faith a ‘lifetime process’

By: By Jennifer Willems Spread the word: There is no graduation when it comes to learning about the faith. Dr. Vincent McClean, director of the diocesan Office of Catechetics, asked the 135 people who attended the 2013 Catechetical Leadership Conference to take that message back to their parishes and schools around the Diocese of Peoria. […]

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Funeral held for longtime Alleman teacher Sr. Betty, BVM

DUBUQUE, Iowa — A funeral Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Marian Hall Chapel here for Sister Betty (William Mary) Cover, BVM, who served at Alleman High School in Rock Island for 28 years. Burial was to follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Sister Betty, 86, died on Aug. 8, 2013, at Marian Hall […]

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4 Dominican Sisters arrive for St. Jude, Peoria Notre Dame

Photo Caption: Sister Maria Christi Nelson, OP, will teach first grade at St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria this year. She is pictured wpeaking with Kathryn Russell as her mother, Anna, and other siblings look on. By: By Jennifer Willems It was hard to tell who felt more blessed as parishioners greeted the Dominican Sisters […]

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New St. Jude School, Peoria, ready to welcome students

Photo Caption: St. Jude Catholic School, 10811 N. Knoxville Road in Peoria, is the first new school to be built in the Diocese of Peoria in a decade. It will welcome students on Monday, Aug. 19. By: By Jennifer Willems Schools around the Diocese of Peoria will open their doors this week and at St. […]

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Sr. Phyllis McMurray, OSB, former Benedictine prioress, dies

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Phyllis McMurray, OSB, who was prioress of St. Mary Monastery here from 2004 until 2012, died on Aug. 3, 2013, after “a long, very courageous battle” with cancer. She was 70. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Aug. 6 in the monastery chapel. Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery in […]

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