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What does it mean to lead God’s people?

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 27 Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 What does it mean to be a leader of God’s people? I am sure we all have our thoughts on that question. After we listen to and reflect on this Sunday’s readings, we may have more to ponder. In […]

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Karley Bates joins staff of diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Karley Bates

Karley Bates, a native of Galesburg and now a member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria, has joined the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation as programs coordinator. “We’re excited to have Karley on board,” said Shirley Plaag, director. “She’s extremely enthusiastic about working here.” Bates, a product of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg […]

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Cecilia Soñé has busy months ahead as diocese’s new director of Respect Life

Cecilia Soñé

The answer to what St. John Paul II and others have called the “culture of death” can be found in the Diocese of Peoria, according to the new Director of Respect Life. “We have a response here and we have the providers — health care, psychological, and spiritual,” said Cecilia Soñé. “It’s just a matter […]

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Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, appointed director of diocese’s Hispanic ministry

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM

Asked what non-Spanish speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria should know about the region’s growing Hispanic population, Sister Isabel Romero, SCJTM, had a ready reply: “We are more than what you think we are,” said the diocese’s new Director of Hispanic Ministry, pointing to a recent census that puts the figure at 50,000 — […]

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Shirley Plaag named director of Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Shirley Plaag

In today’s fast-paced, changing culture, the best method of leading souls to heaven remains the one demonstrated by Jesus 2,000 years ago. “The beauty of it is we don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” said Shirley Plaag, the Diocese of Peoria’s new Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation. Jesus made disciples, said Plaag, by proclaiming […]

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Bishop names three new directors for Curia offices in the Diocese of Peoria

Three women have been appointed by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to lead departments in the Diocese of Peoria’s Curia overseeing evangelization and faith formation, Hispanic ministry, and respect life efforts. Shirley Plaag is the new Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation. A Peoria native and a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with […]

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“Logan Lucky” (Bleecker Street)

Seth MacFarlane, Adam Driver, Tom Archdeacon and Alex Ross star in a scene from the movie "Logan Lucky." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fingerprint Releasing, Bleecker Street)

By Catholic News Service A merry band of mismatched misfits from West Virginia turn to crime in the hope of a better life beyond the trailer park in this zany heist caper, directed by Steven Soderbergh. A coal miner (Channing Tatum), desperate for money after losing his job, enlists his one-armed bartender brother (Adam Driver) […]

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (Summit)

Ryan Reynolds stars in a scene from the movie "The Hitman's Bodyguard." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service When a paid assassin (Samuel L. Jackson) becomes the key witness in the trial of a murderous dictator (Gary Oldman) an Interpol agent (Elodie Yung) turns to a once highly regarded but now down-on-his-luck security specialist (Ryan Reynolds) to give the killer the protection her agency has proven itself unable to […]

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Church in Silvis filled as diocesan tour of relic of St. John Paul II continues

Erin Whyte helps her 9-month-old daughter, Gianna, to touch the pilgrim relic of St. John Paul II, a vial of his blood encased in a Book of the Gospels, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Silvis on Aug. 16. Erin and Matt Whyte and their three children belong to St. Catherine Parish, Prophetstown, in the Diocese of Rockford. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SILVIS — The first thing people see when they enter Jean McGuinty’s house is “a great big picture” of St. John Paul II — and several little ones, too. “I’ve always had tremendous respect and admiration for him,” said McGuinty, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island. She was one of several […]

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