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Deacon Joseph Koeppel dies; funeral Mass is Friday morning

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Ann Church in Peoria for Deacon Joseph F. Koeppel, a permanent deacon who served the parish for many years. Deacon Koeppel died on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was 78. Visitation will be […]

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Join bus pilgrimage to Chicago faith sites on Sept. 15

Journey of Faith is the theme for a bus pilgrimage to Chicago planned for Monday, Sept. 15, by the Bishop’s Commission on Women in the Church and in Society. That is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and pilgrims will visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy […]

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24 accepted as candidates for new class of permanent deacons

Photo Caption: The candidates for the tenth class of permanent deacons are pictured with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Msgr. Tim Nolan, and Deacon Bob Sondag following Sunday’s Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Peoria. By: By Tom Dermody Twenty-four men were accepted as candidates for the tenth class of permanent deacons for the Diocese of […]

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St. Malachy School, Rantoul opens centennial year Sept. 5-6

Photo Caption: The present St. Malachy School was dedicated in 1962. Two expansions have added classrooms, an early childhood learning center, computer and science labs, library, music room and office space. By: By Jennifer Willems RANTOUL — Students, alumni and parishioners will have more than one reason to cheer during homecoming weekend at St. Malachy […]

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Strategic vision reveals faith in the future of Catholic schools

Photo Caption: Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Peoria, says Catholic schools are “an evangelizing and teaching arm of the Church.” By: By Jennifer Willems After a year of working with diocesan schools to collect information, surface best practices and see where more support is needed, the Office of Catholic […]

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Catholic school principals are commissioned, new year starts

Photo Caption: At the retreat Mass are principals, from left, Richard Morehouse (St. Mary, Pontiac, and St. Paul, Odell), Mary Paula Schmitt (St. Louis, Princeton), and Gail Lewis (Schlarman Academy, Danville). By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — As principals from around the Diocese of Peoria gathered at Nazareth House to prepare for another school year, […]

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Five from Bloomington-Normal have college missions in FOCUS

Photo Caption: Central Catholic graduates now FOCUS missionaries are, clockwise from upper left, Zoe Myers, Emma Schopp, Joey Gruenwald and Annie Rondone. Not pictured is University High grad Krystal Montesdeoca. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Four Central Catholic High School graduates, fresh from earning college degrees this spring, met at a Starbucks here in […]

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Cursillo celebrates 50 years in diocese with Sept. 13 events

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will join Cursillistas and their guests for a 6:30 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, Sept. 13. It’s easy to count the number of Cursillo weekends that have taken place in the Diocese of Peoria since the “short course in Christianity” was brought here […]

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CNS reviews of recent films on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in a scene from the movie “Magic in the Moonlight.” Catholic News Service classification, 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 and Broadcasting. […]

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