Meet seminarians at Carton Scholarship Dinner Aug. 1

Persons wishing to support the Diocese of Peoria’s vocations program are invited to a fundraising dinner on Friday, Aug. 1, celebrating current seminarians and honoring the memory of a legendary priest of the diocese. The 2014 Msgr. George A. Carton Seminarian Scholarship Dinner will take place that evening at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. […]

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CNS reviews of recent films on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: aesar, voiced by Andy Serkis, appears in the movie “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. Rating: By Catholic News Service The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film […]

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Funeral Mass at St. Bede for Father Henry Fritz, OSB, 89

PERU — A Mass of Christian Burial was offered in St. Bede Abbey Church on July 9 for Father Henry Fritz, OSB, who served as a teacher and principal at St. Bede Academy for 37 years and gave nearly 30 more to parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede […]

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God’s love wins in new book by Ceil Myers, “The Race”

Photo Caption: Ceil Myers reads “The Race” to her granddaughter, Anabelle Myers. The first-time author will sign books at Lagron-Miller in Peoria on Saturday, July 12. By: By Jennifer Willems Some of the best things in Cecilia Myers’ life weren’t planned. Among those special moments are close encounters with St. John Paul II at World […]

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It has been a wonderful life, says golden jubilarian priest

By: By Jennifer Willems Standing just a few feet from where he had been ordained at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on May 31, 1964, Msgr. Dale Wellman said, “I can see that it has been a wonderful life.” “I have found and made friends with many wonderful people in this Diocese of Peoria,” he […]

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Burdens are eased when we place our hope in Christ

By: By Tim Irwin Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 6 Zechariah 9:9-10; Psalm 145:1-2,8-9,10-11,13-14; Romans 8:9,11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 Trials and tribulations both great and small punctuate this life. Each of us will experience times of great loss such as the death of a loved one. We will also deal with smaller, but perhaps more […]

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Sr. Olga there from start of St. Joseph Nursing Home, Lacon

Photo Caption: Sister Olga Paluch, DSF, shares her memories of the establishment of St. Joseph Nursing Home 50 years ago. EDITOR’S NOTE: Of the 15 Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi who traveled from Slovakia to Illinois in 1946, three are still living. One of these pioneers is Sister Olga Poluch, DSF, who had been […]

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St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Lacon marks 50th anniversary

Photo Caption: Bringing forth the bread and wine during a recent Mass marking the anniversary were Sisters Gerarda Farska, DSF, general superior, and Sister M. Loretta Matas, DSF, regional superior in Lacon. By: By Jennifer Willems LACON — As Sister Olga Poluch, DSF, stands in front of St. Joseph’s Nursing Home and looks around, she […]

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Parishes in Henry unite under patronage of St. John XXIII

Photo Caption: As an act of unity, descendants of the founding families of St. Joseph Parish gave an altar cloth to Father Tom Mizeur for use at St. Mary Church, the primary worship site for St. John XXIII Parish. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — New names bring new opportunities for people throughout the Old […]

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