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Rumor is wrong: Sophia’s Kitchen is still serving Peoria needy

Photo Caption: Amy Frakes (left) and Angela Kenny (right), both of Peoria, work with Colleen Murphy of Pekin to sort and date food at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems For a ministry that is rumored to be closed, Sophia’s Kitchen had a lot of activity going on both inside and outside the […]

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Consecrated Life Series: Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

Photo Caption: Father Larry Zurek, OFM, and Father Luis Aponte-Merced, OFM, distribute Communion to school children visiting Sacred Heart Church in downtown Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh in a series featuring religious communities and other forms of consecrated life around the Diocese of Peoria in honor of the Year […]

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Listen to Cardinal George

As we pray for the soul of Cardinal Francis E. George this week and give thanks for all he meant to the Catholic Church, perhaps the next best thing we can do is reflect on his teaching. And for Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria, a good beginning would be remembering what Cardinal George told […]

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First Communicant says ‘yes’ to her grandmother’s 1965 dress

Photo Caption: Gabriella Knisley wears the First Communion dress that was worn by her grandmother, Pamela Brink (left) in 1965 and was modernized by seamstress Marsha Krone, right. By: By Tom Dermody On April 25, Gabriella Knisley will receive the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time wearing a dress her grandmother wore […]

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St. Matthew Church, Champaign, is rededicated after renovation

Photo Caption: Father Robert Rayson, pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, presents Bishop Jenky with keys to the church during Introductory Rites at the Rededication Mass on April 16. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — What began as a project to move the tabernacle to the center of the sanctuary became a major renovation […]

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Bishop Jenky shares memories of, respect for, Cardinal George

Photo Caption: In this file photo, Cardinal Francis E. George is shown with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, prior to addressing priests of the Diocese of Peoria during their assembly days in 2009. By: By Tom Dermody Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, this week remembered Cardinal Francis E. George as “a deeply holy man, a […]

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Catholic Medical Association guild is forming in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Catholic medical professionals from throughout the Champaign region are invited to a Mass and meeting at St. Matthew Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, on Saturday, April 25, to begin the formation of a guild of the Catholic Medical Association. The morning’s activities, which begin with Mass at 9 a.m. , will include a talk […]

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Cardinal George, 78, dies in Chicago after fight with cancer

Photo Caption: In this 2010 file photo, Cardinal Francis E. George is pictured concelebrating a Mass in Springfield with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and other bishops and clergy from throughout the state. By: By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native […]

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