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Peoria is now base for ‘Heroic Families’ founder; hopes to speak at many parishes

Dr. Peter Howard stands near a photo of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums at the Spalding Pastoral Center. Archbishop Sheen's "prophetic wisdom and spiritual legacy" is a favorite topic as Howard speaks around the country. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Comic books, TV shows and movie screens are packed with superheroes and their feats and as much fun as that can be, there’s nothing fictional about the need for heroes in family life today, according to theologian Peter Howard. Rather than using superpowers, however, these heroes must rely on the power of God to save […]

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As Year of Mercy nears Nov. 20 end, its fruits are evident around diocese

Father Tom Otto opens the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo at the conclusion of a 17-mile Walk to Mercy pilgrimage on Sept. 24. The Year of Mercy ends on Nov. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, it is with grateful hearts that pastors, chaplains and pastoral ministers note that people of all ages accepted the invitation to experience God’s mercy for themselves and extend it to others. “I’ve had the grace of being the pastor of two Holy Doors — the […]

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Director of Vatican Observatory will explore ‘big questions’ with Urbana parish

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director the Vatican Observatory, will speak on "Cosmic Faith" via Skype to a gathering at St. Patrick, Urbana, on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Provided photo)

URBANA — With the help of Skype, St. Patrick Church will host a presentation by Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, on Sunday, Nov. 20. “Cosmic Faith: Exploring the Big Questions of Science and Religion” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Father George Remm, former pastor of St. Patrick Parish, will be the […]

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Prayers for judges, lawyers, government officials offered at diocese’s Red Mass

Wearing a bright red vestment, Bishop Jenky celebrates the annual Red Mass on Oct. 30 at St. Mary's Cathedral. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Judges, lawyers, government officials and civil servants were remembered in a special way as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated the annual Red Mass last Sunday, Oct. 30, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Mass takes its name from the red vestments worn by the bishop and permanent deacons in honor of the Holy […]

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Heaven: Nothing we have expected and everything we have anticipated

By Tim Irwin Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 6 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 — 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 The readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary time remind us that risen life cannot be understood in the way we make sense of our time in the material universe. The Greek philosopher Aristotle […]

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Optimism, continued prayers for Sheen sainthood cause follow N.Y. hearing

A ruling on the requested transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains to Peoria is expected in the coming weeks.

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, asked for continued prayers for the sainthood cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and diocesan leaders expressed optimism following a Nov. 1 hearing in the Supreme Court of the State of New York regarding the transfer of the famed orator and media pioneer’s remains to Peoria. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice […]

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Diocese’s priests gather, discuss how to create vocation-friendly parishes

Rhonda Gruenewald, author of "Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry," speaks with Father Timothy Hepner, diocesan director of vocations for recruitment, during a break at the Priest Assembly Day on Oct. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Fostering a culture of vocations isn’t a new concept in the Diocese of Peoria, although a fresh approach was unveiled Oct. 25 when clergy gathered at the Spalding Pastoral Center for a Priest Assembly Day. The annual meeting also gave the priests an opportunity to pray together, catch up and hear from Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Deacon John Skender, diocesan spiritual director of Cursillo, stepping down

Deacon John and Jackie Skender stand in front of an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the chapel dedicated to her in the Spalding Renewal Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Deacon John Skender had hoped to “ride off into the sunset” after stepping down as diocesan spiritual director of Cursillo next month. That’s not going to happen — he’s scheduled to be the spiritual director for a Cursillo weekend in February. “I’m not going to disappear,” he said with a laugh. That’s a good thing, […]

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