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Resolve in 2015 to deepen relationship with Jesus: 7 tips

Photo Caption: Enjoy life, unplug, pray, meet regularly with other believers, live for others, go to Mass, and deal with yesterday, urged Chris Stefanick (pictured). We can’t think of any better resolution to make as 2015 begins than to resolve to deepen our relationship with Jesus in the new year. At the Diocese of Peoria […]

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2014 in Review: What made headlines in the Diocese of Peoria?

Photo Caption: In April of 2014, merged parishes in Kewanee (above) and Henry were named for newly canonized, beloved former popes St. John Paul II (Kewanee) and St. John XXIII (Henry). EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a month-by-month review of some of the news headlines of 2014 in the Diocese of Peoria. This review does not […]

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Solberg to guide OSF Saint James — John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Photo Caption: Bradley Solberg (pictured) will succeed David Ochs, who served as as president of the Pontiac-based medical center for 26 years. PONTIAC — With the new year comes a transition in leadership at OSF Saint James — John W. Albrecht Medical Center, with Bradley Solberg succeeding David T. Ochs as president. Solberg will begin […]

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Dr. Cruz named president of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Photo Caption: Dr. Michael Cruz will officially begin his new duties on Jan. 26. He succeeds Keith Steffen, who served as president and CEO for 18 years. Dr. Michael Cruz, who has been affiliated with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria since 1987 and has held various leadership positions, has been selected to serve […]

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CNS reviews of recent films on the basis of moral suitability

Photo Caption: Jack O’Connell stars in a scene from the movie “Unbroken.” 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 and Broadcasting. For full reviews of […]

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‘Consecrated Life’ is focus of Bishop Jenky’s new Festival Letter

Photo Caption: As the Year of Consecrated Life opened, Bishop Jenky — a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross — posed with consecrated women and men from 20 religious communities ministering in the diocese. Citing the “irreplaceable role” men and women religious have played in the Diocese of Peoria throughout its history, Bishop Daniel […]

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Like the three magi, we hunger for light . . . and the Lord shines

By: By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord/Jan. 4 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 My toddler is fascinated with light. From the flicker of the tiniest candle to the immense exhibition of fireworks, light captivates him. In fact, “lights” was one of his first words as he discovered holiday […]

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10 simple ways to get close to the Christ Child this Christmas

By: By Father James King As we draw near to Christmas Day, let’s consider some simple things we do or might do to make our celebration holier and more joy-filled. — Begin Christmas day well by remembering the mystery we are celebrating. “The angel said, ‘I bring you good news of great joy. . . […]

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Bishop Jenky’s 2014 Christmas message to the Diocese of Peoria

Photo Caption: “The Christ Child comes with peace for the whole world,” writes Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Pictured is the Nativity scene at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Christmas, 2014 “Glory to God in the highest and PEACE to His people on earth!” My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: On every great feast […]

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Schlarman Academy wins 8-1A state basketball championship

DANVILLE — The eighth-grade girls basketball team of Schlarman Academy here completed an undefeated season with a 48-38 win over Mt. Pulaski in the title game of the Illinois Elementary School Association Class 8-1A state tournament. The Hilltoppers, who finished the season with a record of 23-0, were led in the championship game by Anaya […]

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