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Bishop urges First Communicants to always ‘stay this holy’

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky blesses recent First Communicants from around the Diocese of Peoria as he enters St. Mary’s Cathedral for the diocesan Mass in their honor on June 6. Those who received their First Communion in parishes around the Diocese of Peoria this spring were encouraged by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to always […]

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Consecrated Life Series: Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist

By: Special to The Catholic Post “True joy we experience only if we center on the Lord — He must increase, I must decrease.” — Mother Vaclava Ballon, foundress and superior of the Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist (pictured above at their Peoria Heights motherhouse) —– EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the ninth in a […]

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Diocesan Stewardship Conference moves parishes closer to ‘dream’

Photo Caption: “Imagine if stewardship became the norm in your parish,” said Mary Foley, keynote speaker. “What would be different?” By: By Tom Dermody Mary Foley has a dream she would love to see come true at your parish. “In a perfect world,” she said at the Diocese of Peoria’s recent Stewardship Conference, “I dream […]

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Through storms of life, we have opportunities for change, understanding

By: By Shawn Reeves Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 21 Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 My middle son had always loved thunderstorms. Even within that year in which one transitions from “infant” to “toddler,” he would climb upon the couch, eyes poised to see lightning, and gleefully whisper to me, “Thunder!” […]

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Seven principals reflect on what life holds after retirement

By: By Jennifer Willems PHOTO CAPTION: Principals who are retiring this spring are, from left, Kathryn Bennett, Mary Paula Schmitt, Winnie Pratt, Pat Kellogg, Jerry Carls, Jim Flaherty and Colin Letendre. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems) —– They may be retiring from the daily routine of a Catholic school principal, but the seven school administrators who […]

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Principals, pastors celebrate end of school year with Mass, brunch

Photo Caption: Retiring principal Mary Paula Schmitt receives a token of appreciation and an expression of gratitude for her years of service at St. Louis School in Princeton from Bishop Jenky. By: By Jennifer Willems After a long year of meeting over conference tables to map out the future for their schools, pastors and principals […]

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‘Stump the Bishop’ June 24 highlights Theology on Tap

Photo Caption: The June series of Theology on Tap in Peoria takes place on Wednesday evenings at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 S.W. Water St. An evening of “Stump the Bishop” with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, highlights a summer series of Theology on Tap discussions for young adults in the Peoria area under way this […]

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Fruit of the Spirit Day of Renewal set in Moline June 20

MOLINE — The Northwest Area Cursillo community is sponsoring a Day of Renewal on Saturday, June 20, at the Believers Together Center at Christ the King Church, 3209 60th St. The theme is “The Fruit of the Spirit.”Open to everyone 21 and older, the day begins with registration at 8 a.m. Father Duane Jack, a […]

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Emotions high as Franciscans end 123 years at Sacred Heart, Peoria

Photo Caption: Vicki Donald embraces Father Larry Zurek, OFM, as he and Father Luis Aponte-Merced, OFM, greet well-wishers after celebrating their final Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Peoria on June 7. By: By Tom Dermody With tearful farewells, expressions and symbols of gratitude, and a promise that “every time you celebrate the Eucharist, […]

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Father Arthur Meyer, 84, dies; funeral set next Friday in Lacon

LACON — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church here at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 12, for Father Arthur D. Meyer, a former hospital chaplain and pastor, including for 17 years at St. Mary Parish, Canton. Father Meyer died on Friday, June 5, 2015. He was 84. Bishop Daniel […]

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