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President picks Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, as Supreme Court nominee

Brett Kavanaugh, a Catholic, who is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, smiles July 9 at the White House in Washington after President Donald Trump named him his Supreme Court nominee. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump announced July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. “What matters is not a judge’s personal views but whether they […]

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60 ‘Spirit-filled women’ gather here for statewide leadership development event

Peggy Jacques of St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights; Mary Thissen of St. Matthew, Champaign; Myra Krein of St. Theresa, Palatine; and Celeste Mann of St. Mary, McHenry, work on a problem-solving exercise during the NCCW Leadership Training Development program, held June 23 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Membership, finding new leaders, and interpersonal communication are just some of the concerns that recently brought more than 60 women from around Illinois to Peoria for a Leadership Training Development program designed by the National Council of Catholic Women. Hosted by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Spalding Pastoral Center, the day […]

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Funeral Mass planned July 10 for Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB, 90

Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery for more than 70 years, died on July 7, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island. She was 90. Visitation is planned for today, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the chapel of St. […]

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Knowing Jesus, not just knowing about Jesus, is key to transforming our hearts

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 8 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a Stories of rejection, no matter their details, are heart wrenching. We have heard too many of these stories lately. People displaced, families unable to find a chance to live together, even individuals curtailed in their quest […]

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Father Thomas Brajkovich, 87, dies; funeral Mass in Wyoming on July 11

Father Thomas Brajkovich

WYOMING — A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Dominic Church here on July 11 for Father Thomas R. Brajkovich, 87, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Brajkovich, who served as pastor of parishes in Delavan, Hopedale, East Moline, Geneseo, Wyoming, and Toulon, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Hopedale Medical […]

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Support sought for new, larger chapel at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph, Bloomington

An artist's rendering of a new chapel planned for OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. (Provided photo)

BLOOMINGTON — As OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center marks 50 years at its current location, plans are being finalized for a new, larger, and more prominent chapel to serve the spiritual needs of patients, families, and hospital staff. A proposed $1.5 million expansion and renovation project would result in a 3,000-square-foot chapel between the […]

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Overturn Roe v. Wade? Let’s talk

We don’t know whether the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the approaching nomination of a new justice by President Donald Trump, might eventually lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case legalizing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. We do know that a renewed discussion regarding […]

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At Jubilarian Mass, priests of the diocese mark milestone years of loving, serving

Father Stephen Willard, pastor of St. Patrick in Washington and St. Monica in East Peoria, sings the Hymn of Thanksgiving, "O God, Beyond All Praising," at the annual Jubilarian Mass on June 21. One of six priests celebrating 25 years of ordination this year, Father Willard will soon begin a new assignment as pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Love was at the heart of Msgr. Mark Merdian’s homily at the annual Jubilarian Mass on June 21 — the love that Jesus has for all people and the love that priests are called to give in imitation of the Good Shepherd. “In every parish where I have loved my people as Jesus loved and […]

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Francesca Sanderson of Ottawa to serve as a pro-life campus mentor at Loyola

Francesca Sanderson

OTTAWA — Chicago may be outside Francesca Sanderson’s comfort zone, but giving college students a better understanding of the sanctity of life at all stages isn’t. That’s why she is preparing to serve as a campus mentor for weDignify at Loyola University’s Lakeshore Campus, starting in August. Formerly known as Students for Life of Illinois, […]

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Educators, others invited to focus on youth, vocations at Summer Institute

Following in the footsteps of Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops set for October, the Diocesan Summer Institute will also focus on youth and vocational discernment when Catholic school teachers and administrators, catechists and parishioners gather at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, Aug. 11. The theme for the day is “Before You Were […]

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