Sister Mary Dolores Kirchgessner, OSF, longtime teacher, dies at age 103

WEST PEORIA — Sister Mary Dolores Kirchgessner, OSF, died June 6, 2016, at Mother of Peace Home. She was 103 and was in her 72nd year of religious profession as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception. Visitation is planned for Friday, June 10, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at […]

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Love of God changes mourning to dancing

By Father Tom Kelly Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 5 1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11,12,13; Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 7:11-17 In Sunday’s Gospel, we have the miracle story of Jesus bringing the son of the widow of Nain back to life. In the first reading from the Old Testament, we find a similar story. God, acting […]

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Father Martin Mwongyera incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria

Father Mwongyera will continue to serve as judicial vicar and co-director of the Tribunal.

While he is from the Diocese of Kabale in Uganda, Father Martin Mwongyera has been a familiar face in the parishes, hospitals and Tribunal of the Diocese of Peoria for a decade. Now he gets to call central Illinois his home on a permanent basis. With the permission of Bishop Callistus Rubaramira of Kabale and […]

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Meet the top Catholic high school graduates of the Diocese of Peoria

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Following are brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. 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 Catholic high school?,” and 2) “Name one […]

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Loving farewell as Franciscan Friars end 135-year presence at St. Mary, Bloomington

The friars join the parish choirs and all present in singing "You Shall Not Tire" at the close of the Franciscan Farewell celebration at St. Mary Parish in Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Tears, laughter, and professions of love and gratitude filled St. Mary Church here May 29 as parishioners and friends from around the diocese bid farewell to the Franciscan Friars. As with any good celebration there was also music and even some dancing in the aisle as Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, prompted by the […]

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