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Saying ‘yes’ to God may first require a ‘no,’ 140 at first Finding Your Fiat event told

EAST PEORIA — During a day infused with prayer, sisterhood, laughter and a few tears, women of all ages explored the many different ways there are to say “yes” to God at the “Finding Your Fiat” Conference. The first-ever event was planned by a group of Catholic women in central Illinois and filled the parish […]

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Retiring principals share highlights, plans for life beyond the school bell

School may be out for summer, but for five principals the break will be a little longer as they begin retirement this month. Looking to spend more time with family, traveling and taking up special projects and hobbies are Mark Csanda of St. Mary School, Bloomington; Steve Eisemann of Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Daniel Schmitt […]

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Bloomington’s Tina Sipula provides testimony for Dorothy Day’s cause

In this provided photo from 1978, Tina Sipula sits with Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, who urged her to keep the "house of hospitality" she was planning in Bloomington small and personable, and to see the face of Christ in every person.

  By the time Tina Sipula met Dorothy Day in New York, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement was 80 and had largely withdrawn from public life. The older woman seemed to recognize a kindred spirit in her young visitor from Bloomington, however, and their week of encounters changed Sipula’s life forever. On June […]

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“If God calls us . . .”: Diocese of Peoria celebrates its jubilarian priests

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria concelebrate the Jubilarian Mass with Bishop Jenky on June 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Applause filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria as priests celebrating milestone anniversaries were honored at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Praising their commitment, he called them “irreplaceable in the life of our community” and said, “Our hearts are filled with love and gratitude for their ministry.” Also honored was the newest […]

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To what, or whom, are we willing to commit?

By Sharon Priester Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 3 Isaiah 66:10-14c; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,16,20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20 Commitment. This word kept popping into my mind as I read and studied the readings this week. I asked myself, “What does it mean to be committed to something and what am I committed to?” Then I decided […]

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Common sense lost in our polarized society

Should it be so difficult to come to an agreement over the proper regulation of military-style assault weapons? Should it be so divisive to require abortion clinics to comply with the standards of ambulatory surgical centers? Apparently the answer in our nearly 240-year-old nation is “yes.” Those are just the latest examples of societal problems […]

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“The Shallows” (Columbia)

By Catholic News Service A solitary medical student (Blake Lively) is pursued by a great white shark near a secluded Mexican beach and is forced to improvise to save her life. Director Jaume Collet-Serra and screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski at times appear to struggle with sustaining tension while giving their heroine unexpected tasks. Some gore, fleeting […]

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“Independence Day: Resurgence” (Fox)

This is a scene from the movie "Independence Day: Resurgence." The Catholic News Service classification, A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Reprise of the hit alien-fighting epic of 20 years ago, in which the nations of the world united to fight a common foe, led by an inspirational United States president and a swaggering fighter pilot, hasn’t aged well with its premise.  Viewers who enjoy alien-invasion epics are unlikely to care so […]

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Free State of Jones (STX)

Matthew McConaughey and Jacob Lofland star in a scene from the movie "Free State of Jones." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS photo/STX Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Ambitious, earnest and frequently riveting historical drama about the real-life Mississippi farmer (a charismatic Matthew McConaughey) who led a group of fellow deserters and runaway slaves in an armed campaign against the Confederacy during the Civil War. Writer-director Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit”) spent a decade researching the project in collaboration with various […]

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Parishes rally in prayer as Msgr. Ketcham set to begin treatment for brain tumor

Following a prayer vigil for Msgr. Gregory Ketcham on June 21 at St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington in Bloomington, concerned Catholics line up to pledge prayers for a spiritual bouquet. Msgr. Ketcham is about to begin treatment for a recently diagnosed brain tumor. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Members of St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington and St. Mary Parish, Downs, are leading a wide prayer effort as their pastor, Msgr. Gregory Ketcham, prepares to undergo treatment for a malignant brain tumor. The tumor was diagnosed after Msgr. Ketcham, 49, suffered a seizure near the close of a Sunday Mass on June […]

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