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Cursillo, parish communities bring joy to Fr. Jack during 50 years of priesthood

Father Duane Jack

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was included in the Jubilarian 2017 special section of The Catholic Post dated May 21, 2017. To view the entire section, use the e-edition tab at the top of this page and search for the issue. SILVIS — Father Duane Jack said he felt the first stirrings of a vocation to […]

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Deacon Lee Brokaw, Raritan native, to be ordained to the priesthood May 27

Deacon Brokaw was raised on his family's farm in Raritan and earned degrees in agriculture economics and crop and soil management from the University of Illinois before entering the seminary. A tractor and planter provide the background to this photo taken on May 12 as he assisted on the farm prior to his ordination to the priesthood on May 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

RARITAN — No priest reaches ordination day alone, and Deacon Lee Brokaw is well aware that his faith and vocation have deep and widespread roots. “My whole family has been really supportive,” said Deacon Brokaw, the son of Patrick and Brenda Brokaw of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan, who will be ordained to the priesthood […]

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Father Riordan to senior status; former teacher brought that skill to parishes

Father Patrick Riordan is pictured outside St. Patrick Church in Tolono. Since 2013, he has also served as pastor of St. Joseph, Ivesdale. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

TOLONO — A casual retracing of Father Patrick Riordan’s career path would indicate he began as a teacher and then took a new road into seminary and the priesthood. A conversation with the Streator native, who at age 70 is being granted senior status effective June 14, clarifies it was a case of paths merging. […]

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Msgr. Ramer to senior status; listening has been key to his pastoral approach

Msgr. James Ramer stands outside Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mahomet, where he has served as pastor for seven years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAHOMET — As a pastor and throughout his 31 years of priestly life, Msgr. James Ramer has tried to be a good listener. “I like to listen to what people have to say,” he told The Catholic Post last week from his office at Our Lady of the Lake Parish here, “then try to make […]

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Official clergy appointments

The following clergy appointments for the Diocese of Peoria were announced in mid-May by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. See related stories here. SENIOR STATUS Msgr. James K. Ramer, from pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Mahomet, to senior status Father Patrick M. Riordan, from pastor, St. Jo­seph, Ivesdale, and St. Patrick, Tolono, to […]

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New assignments for 44 priests include Msgr. Ramer, Fr. Riordan to senior status

The granting of senior status to Msgr. James Ramer, left, and Father Patrick Riordan are among dozens of clergy assignments announced by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Msgr. Ramer is pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Mahomet while Father Riordan is pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Tolono, and St. Joseph Parish, Ivesdale. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Forty-four priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria are affected by assignment changes announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The moves, which are printed in full here, are highlighted by: The granting of senior status to Msgr. James Ramer, 71, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Mahomet, and Father Patrick […]

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Salesians withdrawing from Champaign, but are ‘leaving a legacy’ after six years

The Salesian logo is inspired by St. John Bosco and the Salesians walking with the young through the world.

CHAMPAIGN — The Salesians of Don Bosco are closing their community based at Holy Cross Parish in Champaign and the three priests are being reassigned within the order in June. The move followed extensive consultation with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and was announced  by Father Timothy Zak, SDB, vice provincial of the Salesian Province […]

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Rosminian presence ending in diocese; left ‘indelible mark’ during 140 years

Rosminian priests have guided Corpus Christi Parish in Galesburg since its founding, as this sign outside the church attests. Nearby St. Patrick Parish has been under Rosminian care since the Diocese of Peoria's founding in 1877. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Rosminian presence in the Diocese of Peoria, a constant since the diocese’s founding in 1877 and a major part of Catholic history in Galesburg, is coming to an end. Citing declining numbers since the 1990s and with only two Rosminian priests — Father William Miller and Father Paul Stiene — in active ministry here, […]

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Catholic Women’s Symposium offers time to reflect on the gift of sexuality

Comparing notes before a panel discussion at the recent Catholic Women's Symposium are (from left) Dr. Elizabeth Cox, Dr. Jillian Stalling, and Mercy Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, a family practice physician. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Animals and man were created on the same day, but that doesn’t mean people have to act on their animal instincts. Instead, they can choose to live in the seventh day of creation, which is relationship with God. The choice was made clear by Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM, one of the speakers for a […]

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‘Awesome’ response to Lenten lunch boxes brings in $4,672 for Sophia’s Kitchen

More than 750 Sophia's Lenten Lunch Boxes were taken by Peoria-area Catholics and used to collect spare change and other sacrificial giving for Sophia's Kitchen.

Lenten sacrifices continue to bring Easter joy at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria. Before Lent began, people in the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community were invited to help feed the hungry at Sophia’s Kitchen by placing spare change or the price of a cup of gourmet coffee or nice meal into little catering boxes that were […]

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