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Mercy and masculinity: Nearly 500 men receive marching orders at annual event

Students from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal carry a statue of Jesus near the front of the 2018 men's march through downtown Peoria. This year's "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith" is April 27. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

  Catholic men must call on their God-given masculine attributes to be merciful and loving witnesses of Jesus in today’s culture. That was a message repeated throughout the morning April 23 when nearly 500 men from across the Diocese of Peoria took part in the 13th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” “So […]

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“Eye in the Sky” (Bleecker Street)

Carrie Gershon and Aaron Paul star in a scene from the movie "Eye in the Sky." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Bleecker Street)

By Catholic News Service Moral quandaries are superbly explored in this suspenseful military drama, which examines a sprawling topic, the war on terrorism, by keeping its focus fixed on the potential consequences of a single operation on an individual life. A British colonel (Helen Mirren) prepares a drone attack intended to kill a radicalized British […]

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“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” (Universal)

Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain star in a scene from the movie "The Huntsman: Winter's War." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Positioned to bookend the action of 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” this lavishly-staged adventure — at once a prequel and a sequel to the original — is well intentioned but dull and derivative. Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and screenwriters Evan Spiliotopoulos and Craig Mazin have doubled up on everything from the […]

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“Here I Am, Lord” composer shares stories, gift of music at Quad Cities appearances

Dan Schutte, who has written and recorded music as part of the St. Louis Jesuits and continues to compose liturgical music, told "those who minister at the Lord's Supper" that the most important thing they can do is to help the faithful "give thanks and praise to God, who has given us so much." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Composer Dan Schutte was welcomed to the Christ the King Chapel at St. Ambrose University like an old friend as he led people through an evening of music and reflection on April 8. He made it clear from the beginning, however, that it wasn’t going to be a concert. “The music I’ve […]

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Students design award-winning compost project, invite other schools to follow

LJ Higgs drops a banana peel into the compost bin after lunch hour at St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria. The bin is part of the "Kids Can Create Compost" project that repurposes more than 100 pounds of food scraps a month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While they are very good with robot design, members of the First Lego League team from St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria – known as the Firecrackers – are also making noise for their skills in cooperating with God’s design for the planet. A composting project the eight-member team organized at their school helped the […]

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Chillicothe group promotes prayers for bringing non-practicing Catholics back

For their work to organize the Mary and Monica Helpers at St. Edward Parish in Chillicothe, Gail Kruse and Diane Hahn received the Imperative Award at the DCCW's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 14. They are pictured with Msgr. Dale Wellman, DCCW spiritual adviser. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — Established as a way to pray people back into the practice of their faith, the Mary and Monica Helpers at St. Edward Parish created a prayer book that members can personalize with their own holy cards, prayers and petitions, according to Diane Hahn, president. Two of the prayers are specific to the group, […]

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Mother-Daughter Tea on April 30 specially invites girls ages 10 to 13

Dr. Jillian Stalling (left) and Shirley Plaag will speak at the Mother and Daughter Tea on April 30 in Peoria.

Body and soul will be fed at the Mother and Daughter Tea that will be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Planned for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., it is being co-sponsored by the Respect Life Ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria and OSF FertilityCare. Cecilia […]

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Seminarian Nic Wilson creates bust of Bishop Spalding for museum exhibit

Seminarian Nic Wilson shows a picture of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding as he poses with a likeness of the Diocese of Peoria's founding bishop that he created in clay. This was his first attempt. A second version is now a part of a new exhibit at the diocesan museum honoring Bishop Spalding on the centennial of his death.

The bust of Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding that peers at visitors to his new exhibit at the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria is surrounded by artifacts more than a century old, including a chalice from 1878 and vestments the first Bishop of Peoria wore at his episcopal silver jubilee in 1902. The age of […]

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New museum exhibit opens recalling Diocese of Peoria’s founding bishop

A banner welcomes visitors to the new Bishop John Lancaster Spalding exhibit at The Museums of the Diocese of Peoria. The centennial of Bishop Spalding's death will be observed in August. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The first Bishop of Peoria died 100 years ago, but visitors to a new exhibit honoring Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding at the diocesan museums in Peoria may leave with a sense of closeness and familiarity. Maybe that feeling will be sparked by physical artifacts from the late 19th or early 20th centuries — the bishop’s […]

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