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New Immaculate Conception Church and Hall in Manito blessed

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the altar at the new Immaculate Conception Church in Manito during the Mass with the rites of dedication on Sept. 27. By: By Jennifer Willems MANITO — Looking around the sanctuary of the new Immaculate Conception Church last Sunday, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said, “I am […]

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Events planned around diocese in October, Respect Life Month

By: By Catholic Post staff October is Respect Life Month. Following are several of the events planned in the Diocese of Peoria. Many take place on Sunday, Oct. 4, which is Respect Life Sunday. —– BISHOP JENKY TO CELEBRATE RESPECT LIFE MASS OCT. 2 St. Joseph Church in Peoria will host a Respect Life Mass […]

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Former model, actor, athlete: Fame is fleeting, God is eternal

Photo Caption: Mario St. Francis speaks Sept. 18 at the Wake Up the World Conference at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Mario St. Francis had it all. One of the youngest American men to play semi-professional soccer in Costa Rica, he also found fame and fortune as an actor and […]

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The loss of two of our priests

The two diocesan priests who died this month lived very different lives. Msgr. Robert W. O’Connor, 92, was blessed with health and longevity, and spent more than five decades in one assignment. Father Benjamin Reese, 57, was stricken in midlife with ALS after service not only in several parishes in our diocese but also in […]

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Galesburg couple’s anniversary trip brings them to Pope Francis

Photo Caption: Bess and Dave Cratty of Corpus Christi Parish, Galesburg, are celebrating their fourth anniversary at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. By: By Jennifer Willems GALESBURG — Dave Cratty is going to have to work hard to top this year’s anniversary trip with his wife, Bess. The Crattys will celebrate their fourth […]

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Quad Cities area parishioners enjoy a Catholic Family Reunion

Photo Caption: Ready to take part in the rosary at the Quad Cities Catholic Family Reunion on Sept. 12 are Dan and Annie Tillberg and their daughter Rosalie. By: By Tom Dermody MOLINE — While only a few area Catholics could attend this week’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, more than 200 turned out […]

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Area women religious back Pope Francis’ stand via national ad

ROCK ISLAND — Among those who share Pope Francis’ concern for the environment are 12 communities of women religious in the Upper Mississippi River Valley and they’re letting him know in the pages of USA Today. In a special edition of the newspaper published to commemorate the pope’s visit to the United States, the communities […]

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Fr. Benjamin Reese, 57, dies; his battle with ALS inspired many

ASPEN, Colorado — A funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, Sept. 25, at St. Mary Church here for Father Benjamin Burnet Reese, 57, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria who for the last two years inspired many as he prayerfully coped with the effects of ALS. Father Reese died on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, […]

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All are included, accepted in the unconditional love of God

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 27 Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 I once heard a Buddhist phrase: “There are only two mistakes on the way to truth; one is not going far enough and the other is not starting.” This week we are all stirred by […]

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At event closing, consecrated are told ‘the party ain’t over’

The Wake Up the World Conference came to a close with eucharistic adoration and Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 19, but “the party ain’t over,” said Father Paul Langevin, OFM Conv., celebrant and homilist. “Our challenge to wake up the world continues each and every day of our consecrated lives,” Father […]

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