Litany of the Good Shepherd

(CNS file/Gregory A. Shemitz)

(John 10:16) I have other sheep that are not of this fold. These also I must lead. They will hear my voice. There will be. . . One Flock, One Shepherd. Leader: Let us pray for the return of friends, family, and others who have fallen away from our Catholic faith.   Litany of the […]

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Masses to pray for return of fallen-away Catholics set throughout diocese in July

(CNS file/Gregory A. Shemitz)

In an effort to bring fallen-away Catholics back to the practice of their faith, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is asking people to turn to prayer and the Good Shepherd for assistance. Building on last year’s successful pilot program, the DCCW has asked each vicariate of the Diocese of Peoria to schedule a […]

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Four women profess vows with the Apostolic Sisters of St. John in Princeville


For the first time since establishing their novitiate at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Priory in Princeville two years ago, the Apostolic Sisters of St. John celebrated the temporary profession of four women. They are Sister Anna Clare of Hogan, Pennsylvania; Sister Anne Elizabeth of Leidel, Michigan; Sister Grace of Beauclair, North Dakota; and Sister Hope of […]

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St. Bede Academy begins construction on new Science Center, Student Commons

Completion of the new Science Center and Student Commons at St. Bede Academy in Peru cannot come soon enough for (from left) Maggie Daluga ’18, Ben Morrow ’19, Mackenzie Brady ’18, Thomas Makransky ’23, Mark Yaklich ’19, Tim Daluga ’22, and Kassidy Brady ’20. (Provided photo)

PERU — Construction has begun on a new Science Center and Student Commons at St. Bede Academy. Work could be completed as early as next spring, with the building ready to use for the 2018-19 school year. “We recently signed the contracts and are here today to bless this land and all people working to […]

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Jubilarian homily: Diocesan priesthood an unequaled brotherhood, fraternity

Msgr. Richard R. Soseman

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily delivered at the Diocese of Peoria’s Jubilarian Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on June 22. The Mass recognized priests observing significant anniversary years of ordination. Profiles of the priests as well as deacons and consecrated men and women marking anniversary years appeared […]

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Augustana College students deepen knowledge, faith on class trip to Rome

Some of the 37 students from Augustana College in Rock Island taking part in a recent trip to Rome as part of a religion class are pictured with Father Jeremy Freehill, Catholic Ministries Coordinator on campus, at Castel Sant’Angelo overlooking the Tiber River in the Eternal City. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — For Kaitlyn MacDonald, the opportunity to travel to Rome with nearly 40 other students at the end of her sophomore year at Augustana College here “may have been the greatest blessing God has given me thus far.” “Growing up, my faith was always one of the biggest parts of my life,” said […]

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Deadline July 19 for online survey seeking feedback on diocesan capital campaign

The Diocese of Peoria continues to gather feedback about a potential capital campaign, but those wishing to review the plans being considered and make their voices heard via an online survey are asked to do so by a deadline of Wednesday, July 19. “I think people will find this task a valuable use of their […]

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‘Post’ earns two national awards

QUEBEC CITY, Canada — The Catholic Post has received two awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada for material published in 2016. Both were in the category of “Best Personality Profile.” Jennifer Willems, assistant editor, received second place for her profile of Father James DeBisschop, pastor of Mary, Our Lady […]

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Do the people we encounter feel welcomed?

By Sharon Priester Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 2 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16a; Psalm 89:2-3,16-17,18-19; Romans 6:3-4,8-11; Matthew 10:37-42 Just the other day, a few of us from the neighborhood were standing at the end of our driveway chatting about what was going on in the neighborhood — how the new baby next door was doing, […]

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Public praise, adoration offered at Corpus Christi processions in diocese

Priests from the Peoria and Pekin vicariates, including Father Patrick Henehan carrying the Blessed Sacrament beneath a canopy, leard 150 participants in a Corpus Christi procession across the grounds of the motherhouse of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis in East Peoria on June 18. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hundreds of Catholics in the Diocese of Peoria joined in public demonstrations of their love for Jesus in the Eucharist during several Corpus Christi processions hosted by parishes and institutions on June 18, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This year, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, gave enhanced significance to […]

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