Meet the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Photo Caption: Sister Teresa Paul Hill, OP, leads the kindergarten students at St. Jude School in Peoria in a process to recognize letters and groups of letters as a prelude to reading. By: By Sister Mary Martha Becnel, OP EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of a continuing series featuring religious communities and other forms of […]

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Development Day: Raising funds for ministry a ‘holy business’

Photo Caption: Paula Moss, executive director of annual giving for Benedictine College of Atchison, Kansas, describes a school development subcommittee structure. By: By Tom Dermody Those who help raise money to fund Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions in the Diocese of Peoria were reminded Oct. 15 that what they do is a “holy business.” “If […]

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Registration deadline nearing for 2015 Diocesan Youth Rally

By: By Tom Dermody High school youth from around the Diocese of Peoria can get a head start on the approaching Year of Mercy by attending Youth Rally 2015 on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Spalding Pastoral Center. “Mercy,” the rally’s theme, will be emphasized in talks by nationally known chastity speaker Jason Evert and […]

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Diocese’s redesigned website offers new features, information

Photo Caption: A screenshot of the home page at, the website of the Diocese of Peoria. By: By Tom Dermody The Diocese of Peoria’s website has a new look, additional features, and a lot of viewers. Found at, the redesigned site was launched in August after several months of planning and the cooperation […]

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Bishop reissues Festival Letter on ‘Prayers for the Dead’

Photo Caption: “Our theology of death needs to be renewed and re-taught,” Bishop Jenky said in explaining why he has reissued his popular 2008 Festival Letter. By: By Jennifer Willems Of the 13 Festival Letters Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has written to offer in-depth teaching on a particular topic each year, the one that […]

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Jesus calls us to something greater — a relationship with him

By: By Tim Irwin Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 25Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 This week the Gospel according to Mark features the curing of a second blind man, Bartimaeus, in just over 100 verses of Scripture. The significance of the affliction of blindness seems more than happenstance. Mark oft suggests that […]

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What has you tied in knots? Take it to Mary, the ‘undoer’

By: By Tom Dermody The Blessed Mother has no shortage of titles. Earlier this month we honored Mary as Our Lady of the Rosary. Soon we will recall her under the titles of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe. We could fill this column with titles for Mary, including the Mother of Mercy, […]

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Full spectrum of pro-life cause evident at Respect Life Dinner

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker Burke Balch warned of the “insidious” step-by-step acceptance of euthanasia during his keynote address at the Respect Life Dinner in Peoria on Oct. 4 By: By Tom Dermody The full spectrum of the church’s pro-life movement shone at the 34th annual Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 4 in Peoria. Strong defenses […]

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