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New assignments announced for 43 priests, effective June 11

New assignments for 43 priests, including changes at some of the largest parishes and Newman Centers in the Diocese of Peoria, have been announced by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Among the highlights of the appointments, listed in full here and all set to take effect on June 11, are: — The granting of senior […]

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Funeral Mass in Champaign for Deacon Donald Fraley, 62

CHAMPAIGN — A funeral Mass was offered on Thursday, May 15, at St. Matthew Church here for Deacon Donald J. Fraley, 62, a permanent deacon for the parish since 2012. Deacon Fraley died on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Champaign-Urbana Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Father Robert Rayson was principal celebrant of the funeral liturgy. […]

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Six will be ordained as transitional deacons Saturday

Six men preparing for priesthood in the Diocese of Peoria will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 17, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The candidates, listed below, are all studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. and are […]

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Cherry parish to host Mass in Filipino style on May 18

CHERRY — Catholics of Filipino descent are specially invited to a 3:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, May 18, at Holy Trinity Church here, followed by a potluck dinner at the church hall. Father Anthony Bernas, administrator of parishes in Coal Valley and Orion and a native of the Philippines, will be principal celebrant of the […]

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High schools, acadamies in diocese set to graduate 578

The seven Catholic high schools or academies in the Diocese of Peoria have scheduled graduation events for 578 seniors in the coming weeks. In Peru, a Baccalaureate Mass for the 52 graduating seniors of St. Bede Academy will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at St. Bede Abbey Church. Graduation services will […]

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St. Bede, school in China, to share students, curriculum

By: By Tom Dermody PERU — Zhengzhou, China and LaSalle County, Illinois are worlds apart in terms of geography, population, and culture. But under a new agreement, the bustling Chinese megacity and the rural Illinois Valley now have two priceless aspects in common: the curriculum of St. Bede Academy and a handful of students from […]

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Quiz answers for May 11 editorial

Answers to the questions posed in our May 11 editorial, “To help vocations blossom in spring”. 1. Sister Mary Barbara Buckley, OSF, page B14; 2. Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, page B18; 3. Brother Louis Zant, OFM, page B10; 4. Sister Mary Bea Snyder, CHM, page B20; 5. Father Michael Gould, MM, page B8; 6. […]

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Help vocations blossom this spring

In addition to being Mother’s Day, this Sunday is World Day for Vocations in the Catholic Church. And while flowers and cards are nice, we can’t think of any mother who wouldn’t be made happy by her child becoming and doing what he or she was created by God to be and do. Providentially, this […]

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Recent movies reviewed by CNS on the basis of moral suitability

Rating: By Catholic News Service PHOTO: Animated characters appear in the movie “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.” See review below. CNS/Clarius Entertainment —– 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 of these films, as […]

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Henry, Kewanee merging parishes named for new saints

By: By Tom Dermody It didn’t take long for the impact of the April 27 canonizations of Sts. John XXIII and St. John Paul II to be felt in the Diocese of Peoria. Hours after Pope Francis presided at the ceremonies at the Vatican, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, issued decrees naming merged or merging […]

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