Top graduates of Catholic high schools share plans, memories

EDITOR’S NOTE: The seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria have completed commencement exercises. Following are brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at each school. We congratulate them and all graduates. We invited the top students to answer two questions: 1) “How would you describe the advantages of attending a […]

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Consecrated Life series profiles the Heading Avenue Franciscans

Photo Caption: The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans) gather in the chapel of their motherhouse in West Peoria for Mass. By: By Sister Sarah Elizabeth Roy, OSF EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eighth in a series featuring religious communities and other forms of consecrated life around the Diocese of […]

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We celebrate Corpus Christi because the Eucharist defines us

By: By Msgr. Albert H. Hallin Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 7Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13,15-16,17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16,22-26 The reason that the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated with appropriate solemnity is to make us “Catholics” remember and reflect on the […]

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Women religious of Quad Cities region celebrated, appreciated

ROCK ISLAND — Nearly 40 women religious from six communities were thanked and celebrated during an evening in their honor on May 24 hosted by the Faith in Action Committee of St. Pius X Parish. “Thank you for your ministry to the church, your service to the poor, to children, to youth, the elderly, those […]

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Cambridge catechist ‘learned along with the kids’ for 50 years

Photo Caption: Donna Dobbels poses with a student from her first class, daughter Julie Dwyer, and her last student, Olivia Brown, who received her First Communion on April 26. By: By Jennifer Willems CAMBRIDGE — As a new Catholic, Donna Dobbels was invited to help prepare the children of St. John Vianney Parish for their […]

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A Catholic perspective on gambling in Illinois

The Catholic bishops of Illinois on June 1 released a statement on gambling, updating their 1999 publication on the issue in light of the possibility of a massive expansion of gambling to help fix the finances of both the state and the city of Chicago. Media reports indicate that a city-owned casino in Chicago is […]

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CNS reviews of recent films on the basis of moral suitability

Rating: By Catholic News Service PHOTO: Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in a scene from the movie “Jurassic World.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. (CNS/Universal) —– The following movie reviews are supplied by Catholic News Service in conjunction with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Film […]

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Theology on Tap series set for Wednesday evenings in Peoria

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 month on Wednesday nights at Kelleher’s Irish Pub, 619 S.W. Water St., Peoria. Theology on Tap offers young adults an opportunity to explore faith […]

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