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Peoria Notre Dame football also trained in faith, leadership

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses members of the Peoria Notre Dame football team after addressing them at a Catholic Leadership Team Building Seminar on Aug. 14. By: By Tom Dermody In the midst of an intense pre-season training period known as “hell week,” it may be a day set aside to focus […]

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Accelerating evangelization at Andalusia motorcycle blessings

Photo Caption: Father Anthony Co, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Andalusia, blesses motorcycles and offers prayers for the safety of riders Aug. 21 at Ducky’s Lagoon bar and grill. By: By Tom Dermody ANDALUSIA — Soon after coming to St. Patrick Parish a year ago, Father Anthony Co noticed that on Thursday nights motorcycle […]

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Bishop challenges politicians, parents at Irish festival Mass

Photo Caption: “Your kids will not stay Catholic by accident,” said Bishop Jenky at the Erin Feis. “You must make it your vocation to give them the precious gift of life everlasting.” By: By Tom Dermody Legend has it that St. Patrick once drove the snakes out of Ireland. At an annual celebration of Irish […]

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Sister Jackie Walsh professes final vows with Benedictines

Photo Caption: Sister Jackie Walsh, OSB, who made her final profession on Aug. 23, is administrative assistant at Benet House Retreat Center in Rock Island. By: By Jennifer Willems ROCK ISLAND — Sister Jackie Walsh, OSB, isn’t comfortable being the center of attention. She’s happy to remain behind the scenes, making certain everything is in […]

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Should Catholics throw cold water on the Ice Bucket Challenge?

I’ve always enjoyed time travel stories. Lately, I wish I could go back to last November and a meeting of The Catholic Post’s board of directors. I’d love to see their reaction as I announce: “I’ve got a novel idea for the newspaper’s 2014 Delivering Unity Campaign. It will use social media. We’ll have someone […]

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Update on Father Reese

Father Reese’s health has deteriorated since the story on him appeared in the Catholic Herald of Milwaukee. Difficulties with swallowing in recent weeks led to his hospitalization in Colorado. He has just been moved to a long term acute hospital in Loveland, Colorado, where he continues to appreciate prayers. His parents and a brother live […]

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Silenced by ALS, Father Reese still has a powerful message

Photo Caption: Father Benjamin Reese, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, kneels in prayer earlier this year at St. Mark Parish in Kenosha, Wis. By: By Karen Mahoney EDITOR’S NOTE: The following appeared in the April 3, 2014, issue of the Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and is published here with […]

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Accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is only the beginning

By: By Tim Irwin Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 31 Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27 The Gospel reading for this week, the Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, and last week illustrate the challenge of discipleship through a day in the life of Simon Peter. In last Sunday’s Gospel Jesus asked, “Who […]

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Faith, prayer sources of strength for slain U.S. journalist, family

Photo Caption: U.S. journalist James Foley speaks at Northwestern University after being released from imprisonment in Libya in 2011. The Marquette University graduate was killed by Islamic State fighters. By: By Catholic News Service ROCHESTER, N.H. (CNS) — In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette […]

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Pope Francis phones family of U.S. journalist slain by militants

Photo Caption: U.S. journalist James Foley speaks at Northwestern University after being released from imprisonment in Libya in 2011. The Marquette University graduate was killed by Islamic State fighters. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State […]

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