Visitation, funeral Mass in Streator on Thursday for Fr. William Arthur Ryan, 87

Father William Arthur Ryan

STREATOR — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father William Arthur Ryan, 87, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and former pastor of 11 of its parishes. Father Ryan, a native of Streator, died on Sept. […]

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Alleman High School seniors remember the pets left behind after hurricane

Alleman senior Madeline Chambers and Marlene Wetherell, administrative assistant to the athletic department, cuddle with Bubbles -- a dog brought to the Quad Cities from hurricane-ravaged Texas by the groupo KY Kindness Rescue Inc. (Provided photo/Amy Finn)

ROCK ISLAND — Watching coverage of Hurricane Harvey, Alleman High School seniors Annalise Connolly and Madeline Chambers were moved by the devastation the storm left in its wake. Particularly troubling was that families had to leave their pets behind. “They both have a soft spot for animals and dogs, in particular, so they felt terrible […]

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Diocese’s Catholic schools get creative in raising hurricane relief funds, prayers

Holiding up a poster for their fundraiser to help students affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston are eighth-graders from St. Jude School in Peoria, from left, Genevieve Stickelmaier, Jessica Shane, Daniel Marcinak, Marcus Targos, and Carly Lindsey. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic schools around central Illinois may not have been affected by Hurricane Harvey or the storms that followed, but they have been involved in helping their fellow students in Texas, Louisiana and Florida pick up the pieces and return to class. At the request of Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of […]

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New teacher at Peoria Notre Dame made final profession as a Dominican Sister

Sister Maria Suso Rispoli, OP, is pictured outside Peoria Notre Dame High School, where she now teaches biology. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After eight years of prayer, discernment and study, Sister Maria Suso Rispoli, OP, professed her final vows with the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The Mass took place at Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on July 25. Shortly after making her perpetual profession, Sister Maria Suso traveled to Peoria […]

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The generosity of God bears watching

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 24 Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18,18a; Philippians 1:20c-24,27a; Matthew 20:1-16a Most of us have routines — behaviors and exercises that we rhythmically fall into. They comfort us and give us a sense of security, a sense of stability. And this is because they are predictable. We know what to […]

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‘God’s Handprints’ are all over her story of adoption, now shared in book form

Ann Williams' story of unplanned pregnancy, choosing life and adoption for her twin sons, and eventual reunion with them is told in a new book "God's Handprints: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love" written by her niece, Bridget Nelan, left. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Ann Williams knows what it’s like to be a pregnant, unmarried college student who is desperately trying to make the best decision possible when none of the options seems all that good. She chose life for her twin sons and a better life than she could give them by placing them for adoption. The Peoria […]

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“Mother!” (Paramount)

By Catholic News Service Chaotic, exhausting, genre-blending allegory about a poet (Javier Bardem) and his wife (Jennifer Lawrence) living a solitary life in an isolated house in the countryside. As she works to rehabilitate the dwelling after a disastrous fire, and he struggles with writer’s block, a series of intruders (most significantly, Michelle Pfeiffer and […]

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“American Assassin” (CBS Films)

Shiva Negar, Michael Keaton, Neg Adamson and Dylan O'Brien star in a scene from the movie "American Assassin." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/CBS Films and Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service This adaptation of the 2010 novel by Vince Flynn, directed by Michael Cuesta, is a gory revenge fantasy that opens with a bang and proceeds at a breakneck pace, unleashing a veritable tsunami of bullets, bodies and blood as it goes. When his fiancee (Charlotte Vega) is gunned down by terrorists, […]

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Bishop Jenky to offer Respect Life Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Friday, Sept. 22

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, gives the homily at the 2016 Respect Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The public is invited to this year's Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at the cathedral. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate a Mass for Respect Life at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The public is invited. Among those attending the Mass will be parish respect life representatives from around the Diocese of Peoria. Following the Mass, that group will gather at the Family Resources […]

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