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“Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” (Fox)

Harold, voiced by Thomas Middleditch, George, voiced by Kevin Hart, and Captain Underpants, voiced by Ed Helms, appear in the animated movie "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Cheerfully silly, bodily functions-obsessed kid’s cartoon adapted from a series of books by Dav Pilkey. Two fourth-grade pranksters (voices of Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch) fear that their friendship will be broken up if their strict principal (voice of Ed Helms) follows through on his threat to separate them by assigning […]

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“Wonder Woman” (Warner Bros.)

Gal Gadot stars in a scene from the movie "Wonder Woman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Enjoyable adventure for the DC Comics superhero (Gal Gadot) takes her from her home environment — an island of Amazons isolated from the rest of the world — into the thick of World War I. Her involvement in the conflict follows the accidental intrusion of an American (Chris Pine) who’s spying […]

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‘A martyr at any moment’

Pope Francis has frequently said that there are more Christians being martyred today than during the persecutions of the church in the early centuries of Christianity. He would get no argument from the faithful in Egypt, where 29 Coptic Christians — including a number of children — were killed May 26 when masked assailants attacked […]

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Don’t miss the honk of the passionate, noisy Holy Spirit ‘goose’ this Pentecost

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Pentecost / June 4 Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,43; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13; Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus; John 20:19-23 The feast of Pentecost traditionally has the central image of a dove. In this image, taken from Scripture, we are reminded of the dove of peace at the flood in Noah’s time, the […]

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Fr. Brokaw tells the story of his chalice that was blessed at ordination vigil

During a vigil service on May 26, the eve of Father Lee Brokaw's ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, consecrates the chalice the new priest will use at his Masses. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While he completed his studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Father Lee Brokaw served as a deacon at St. Benedict Parish in Baltimore. Not only did he gain experience he needed for his priestly ministry there, but he found the chalice and paten to use at the Masses that […]

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Fr. Brokaw as described by his family: a caring leader who loves people, the Lord

Father Brokaw offers a prayer of blessing for his parents, Patrick and Brenda Brokaw of St. Patrick Parish, Raritan, during a reception at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria following the ordination Mass on May 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

What kind of a priest can St. Matthew Parish in Champaign expect when newly ordained Father Lee Brokaw arrives in a few days as parochial vicar? Here are a few of the words that those who know him best — his parents and three sisters — used to describe him: Dedicated. Conscientious. Caring. Self-giving. A […]

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Diocese of Peoria ‘blessed with joy’ as Father Lee Brokaw is ordained, assigned

Newly ordained Father Lee Brokaw poses with Bishop Jenky for the traditional photo on the steps of the Bishop's Home after the Mass of Ordination. Also pictured are, from left, Father Timothy Hepner, vocations director for recruitment; Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general; Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey; Msgr. Paul Showalter, vicar general; and Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Proclaiming the Diocese of Peoria “blessed with joy,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, ordained Father Lee W. Brokaw to the priesthood in ancient rites witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 27. In an instruction during the Rite of Ordination, Bishop Jenky urged Father Brokaw […]

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ACE Teaching Fellows moving on, but leave a lasting impression on two schools

Laughing at remarks being made by Randy Simmons, principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School, during the end-of-year luncheon, Madeline Basil (left), Luke Janicki and Patty Yoritomo were honored for their work as the first Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows placed in the diocese by the University of Notre Dame. Basil and Janicki taught at St. Mark School in Peoria, while Yoritomo taught at Peoria Notre Dame. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With the end of the school year come master’s degrees in education from the University of Notre Dame for three teaching fellows who have been serving at St. Mark School and Notre Dame High School, both in Peoria. Madeline Basil, Luke Janicki and Patty Yoritomo were honored for their work and received gifts from the […]

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Meet the valedictorians, salutatorians of our diocese’s Catholic high schools

ALLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL, ROCK ISLAND Lucy Adlfinger / Valedictorian Parents: Matt and Doreen Adlfinger Town: Milan Parish:St. Pius X, Rock Island College Choice: Saint Louis University Anticipated major: Health Sciences High school activities: National Honor Society, Key Club, Pathfinders, Habitat for Humanity, ICTM, WYSE Catholic school advantages: Whether it was through praying the rosary in the […]

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‘Sewing for Jesus’ binds Jordan Catholic, Rock Island, with school in Tanzania

Ann McConachie of the Amka Afrika School Foundation talks to members of Sewing for Jesus, a club at Jordan Catholic School in Rock Island, about the Tanzanian children and school they are assisting. The retired teacher took the sundresses the Jordan students made to the East African nation May 23 and will remain until Aug. 9. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — Beating the heat is something the children of Amka Afrika School in Babati, Tanzania, work at most of the year. They will have help soon, however, thanks to the children of Jordan Catholic School and Sewing for Jesus. The club, started last September by fourth grade teacher Debbie Patronagio, taught the students […]

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