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Diocese’s religious communities form common bond PEARL

Photo Caption: From left: Sister Rose Therese Mann, OSF; Father Paul Schneider, OFM Conv.; Sister Anne Germaine Picard, SMP; Sister Theresa Samson, FMA; Sister Marie, CSJ; and Sister Sarah Elizabeth Roy, OSF. By: By Jennifer Willems Religious life is a joyful life but not enough people know that, let alone how many communities of consecrated […]

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We must go where Christ directs us and ‘listen to him’

By: By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Lent, March 16 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5,18-19,20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9 I am a creature of habit. If I try a new restaurant and like the dish, most likely I’ll return to order the same thing. When I go to work, I generally go through the same […]

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Saint Thomas More girls win state basketball championship

By: By Tom Dermody PHOTO: The Sabers and coaching staff pose with their Class 2A state championship trophy after their win over Peterstown in the title game at Redbird Arena in Normal. — Photo by Daryl Wilson for The Catholic Post (More photos from the title game may be viewed and purchased by clicking on […]

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Funeral at St. Bede Abbey for Father Arthur Schmit, OSB

PERU — A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Bede Abbey here on March 11 for Father Arthur Schmit, OSB, longtime teacher of modern languages at St. Bede Academy and also a beekeeper who directed the abbey’s apiary. Father Arthur, 83, died the morning of March 8, 2014, in St. Joseph Nursing Home, Lacon. He […]

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Rivera advises men, women to be alert, aware, engaged

Photo Caption: Former FOCUS missionary Jeremy Rivera became the first male keynote speaker in the history of Behold conferences, and also addressed a group of men the night before. By: By Jennifer Willems EAST PEORIA — When Jeremy Rivera speaks about the need to admit that we are broken and be open about the pain […]

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Catechumens, candidates find support on their faith journey

Photo Caption: Father Antonio Dittmer, pastor of St. Hyacinth and St. Patrick in LaSalle, introduces Maricela Escobedo to Bishop Jenky during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion on March 9. By: By Jennifer Willems As Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, reached out to clasp the hand of another person preparing to enter […]

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500 women ‘Seek Together the Kingdom’ at Behold 2014

Photo Caption: Marie Miller, a Curb Records recording artist, gave a special musical performance near the end of Behold 2014, a Catholic conference for women March 1 at Embassy Suites in East Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Like diamonds, which start as carbon and only become precious after years of pressure, women who live out […]

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Thanksgiving in Lent

Catholics can choose to “give up” many things for Lent, but never joy and gratitude. And we have plenty of reasons for both while continuing our journey with Christ to Calvary and Easter. As the church pauses on March 13 to mark the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, we express our thanks […]

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Recent movies reviewed on the basis of moral suitability

Rating: By Catholic News Service PHOTO: Mr. Peabody, voiced by Ty Burell, Penny, voiced by Ariel Winter, and Sherman, voiced by Max Charles, appear in a scene from the animated movie “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” (CNS/Fox) —– The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of […]

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Chicago’s Cardinal George to undergo new round of chemotherapy

Photo Caption: Cardinal George intends to maintain his administrative and public schedule during this current round of chemotherapy, although it may occasionally be reduced because of lowered immunity. By: By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George is preparing to undergo a new round of chemotherapy to address “current signs of […]

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