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“Upgrade” (BH Tilt)

Betty Gabriel and Logan Marshall-Green star in a scene from the movie "Upgrade." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Brief but excessively graphic scenes of bloodletting mar this otherwise mildly interesting sci-fi thriller, set in a recognizable version of the future. Left a widower and a quadriplegic after a seemingly random attack by a group of thugs (led by Benedict Hardie), an auto mechanic (Logan Marshall-Green) agrees to let a […]

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Joy fills cathedral at ordination Mass for Father Mattingly and Father O’Brien

Newly ordained Father Ryan Mattingly and Father Andru O'Brien join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on the balcony of the Bishop's Residence for the traditional photo after the Mass of Ordination at St. Mary's Cathedral on May 26. Also pictured are, from left, Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general; Father Timothy Hepner and Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation directors of recruitment and formation; Msgr. Paul Showalter, vicar general; and Abbot Philip Davey of St. Bede Abbey. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Father Ryan M. Mattingly and Father Andru E. O’Brien were ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria on May 26 in ancient rites celebrated before family, friends, nearly 100 priests, dozens of consecrated women, and hundreds of other well-wishers that filled St. Mary’s Cathedral. “On this beautiful day there are a lot of happy people […]

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Fr. Jeffery Small, ordained 25 years ago, is now serving as a hospital chaplain

Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Father Jeffery Small attended St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee from 1986 to 1989. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in theology from Marquette University in 1989, and completed studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Father Small has served as parochial vicar […]

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Prior to ordination 25 years ago, God had called Fr. Thomas Gibson ‘Suddenly’

HOOPESTON — After attending vows ceremonies and ordinations for three older brothers, Father Thomas Gibson had no intention of becoming a priest. That changed “Suddenly” as he was preparing for his senior year at the University of Notre Dame. “I worked as a stockbroker during the summers. The summer before senior year I actually landed […]

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Six priests recall the blessings, lessons of 25 years since their ordination day

The celebrations have already begun for six priests of the Diocese of Peoria who are marking the 25th anniversary of their ordination in 2018. Father Thomas Gibson, Father Michael Menner, Msgr. Mark Merdian, Father Jeffery Small and Father Stephen Willard were ordained on May 29, 1993, by Bishop (now Archbishop) John J. Myers at St. […]

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