Requiem Mass offered on centenary of death of diocese’s founding bishop

At the Requiem Mass on Aug. 24, a bishop's miter and pectoral cross were placed on a platform draped in black and surrounded by six tall candles in honor of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, the Diocese of Peoria's founding bishop who died 100 years ago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  With ancient texts and chants, the people gathered in the newly restored St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria remembered the diocese’s first spiritual father, Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, at a Requiem Mass on Aug. 24. It was the first of several opportunities to pray and give thanks during Founder’s Weekend. While the cathedral was stripped […]

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Grateful diocese celebrates founding bishop, St. Mary’s Cathedral restoration

The newly restored sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria is seen in this photo from the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The founding bishop of the Diocese of Peoria and a restoration of the cathedral he built were celebrated in five days of events that linked the past, present, and future of the Catholic Church in central Illinois. “There is an awful lot of happiness in this cathedral this afternoon,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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