Fr. Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., 80, dies; funeral Mass is Jan. 20 in Chicago

Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv.

CHICAGO — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., a former pastor of parishes in Peoria, Wenona, Lostant, Minonk, Rutland, and Toluca. Father Luke, who served as provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of […]

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OSF HealthCare, Caterpillar partnering to develop downtown Peoria block

Bob Sehring, OSF HealthCare CEO, speaks at a Jan. 11 press conference in the lobby of Caterpillar's administrative headquarters in downtown Peoria. Sehring announced that OSF HealthCare and Caterpillar are partnering to develop the historic former Chase building at 124 SW Adams St. (inset) into a new Ministry Headquarters for OSF HealthCare. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

OSF HealthCare will establish a new Ministry Headquarters in downtown Peoria through a partnership with Caterpillar Inc. announced Jan. 11. Plans call for OSF HealthCare to restore a century-old, nine-story iconic property at 124 SW Adams St. and eventually relocate more than 700 employees there. The now vacant structure — a prominent retail establishment for […]

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“The Post” (Fox)

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in a scene from the movie "The Post." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Nostalgic account of The Washington Post’s publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 has Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee fighting both the Nixon administration and their own notions of how journalists should behave around prominent public officials. Director Steven Spielberg, working from a […]

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New main entrance, remodeled lobby blessed at OSF St. Mary, Galesburg

Roxanna Crosser, CEO of the Western Region for OSF HealthCare, cuts a ceremonial ribbon Jan. 4 during a blessing and dedication for the new main entrance and lobby at OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. She is joined by Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, major superior of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and chairperson of the OSF HealthCare Board of Directors, Keith Douglass (to Sister Judith Ann's right), chairperson of the Community Advisory Board, and members of the Galesburg Chamber of Commerce including Theresa Mangieri, Tom McIntire, Jessica Linder, Megan Kidwell, and Darcy Thorp. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

GALESBURG — The blessing of a new main entrance and remodeled lobby at OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center here on Jan. 4 was also an occasion to look to the medical center’s past and future. The past was on display thanks to the contents of a time capsule from the medical center’s 1974 dedication […]

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“Insidious: The Last Key” (Universal)

Lin Shaye stars in a scene from the movie "Insidious: The Last Key." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service From its opening in a haunted house onward, this fourth installment in the good-natured franchise can be aptly summarized by the classic World War II-era lyric “I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places.” Lin Shaye, in her recurring role as a compassionate ghost-hunting parapsychologist, returns to the specter-ridden […]

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Visiting priest notes people’s goodness, concerned by lack of children at Mass

Fr. John Baptist Uwigaba

By Brian Wellner for The Catholic Post Children fill the pews in African Catholic churches, but in the United States, not so much. That’s according to a priest in residence in the Diocese of Peoria who spent a quarter of a century in the East African country of Rwanda. Father John Baptist Uwigaba, 58, who […]

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No need to walk in the dark any longer

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord/Jan. 7 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 Each year, on a Sunday between Jan. 2 and 8, there is a special solemnity in Catholic churches in the United States — the celebration of Epiphany. It is a special church festival in commemoration of the […]

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Pro-life events in January include evening with bishop at cathedral Jan. 24

In addition to pro-life events such as marches and Masses, the U.S. Catholic bishops invite all to take part in 9 Days for Life, a digital pilgrimage of prayer and charitable action Jan. 18-26. To downoad the novena, sign up for daily emails, or for more information, visit

Noting that January is filled with events to pray for an end to abortion and stand up in defense of life, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is asking people to join him at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Jan. 24, for an evening of “prayer, penance and pilgrimage.” It will begin with Mass […]

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Artistically illustrated Bible volumes to be displayed in 2018 at Illinois Wesleyan

This is a page from one of seven books that make up the Heritage Edition of The Saint John's Bible. Two volumes of the artistic work will be displayed this year at the Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. (CNS/Bob Roller)

BLOOMINGTON — Throughout 2018, people in central Illinois will have an opportunity to see and explore the word of God in a new and exciting way when two volumes of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible come to Illinois Wesleyan University. From January through June, “Gospels & Acts” will be displayed at the […]

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Headlines we hope to write in 2018

The start of a new year always holds great mystery. What will these days — only numbers on a calendar now — hold for us, our families, our nation, our world? The mystery also extends to our parishes, schools, and the Diocese of Peoria itself. Will our pastor be moved come June? Will our school […]

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