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Diocese’s Cursillo communities gather for Ultreya, are thanked by Bishop Jenky

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, holds a gift basket that was presented to him by Cursillo en Espanol during a Mass for Cursillo communities from around the Diocese of Peoria on Dec. 1 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The gift was in thanksgiving for how Bishop Jenky welcomed a Spanish-speaking option of the spiritual renewal movement to the diocese 13 years ago and has supported it. A Santa Claus pillow could be seen clearly and the bishop quipped that "I'm starting to look like the jolly old fellow -- beard, belly and all." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“De colores!” With this traditional greeting of the Cursillo community, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomed members of the spiritual renewal movement from throughout central Illinois who braved tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings Dec. 1 to be at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the second Diocesan Ultreya. Offering a thunderous “De colores!” in return, […]

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Widespread prayer, support after sudden death of Holy Cross, Mendota, student

Karl Soliman

MENDOTA — Holy Cross School here, as well as extended Catholic school communities throughout the region and diocese, joined in mourning, prayer and remembrance this week following the death of a Holy Cross seventh grade student who collapsed Dec. 1 while taking part in a basketball tournament at Lincoln Junior High in LaSalle. A funeral […]

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Back in Urbana, Maryknoll Lay Missioner Dr. Susan Nagele shares gratitude, stories

Dr. Susan Nagele, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner from St. Patrick Parish in Urbana, is pictured in South Sudan last March with Regina Lotyam, a catechist. South Sudan is one of three nations in which Nagele served during 33 years of medical service in Africa. (Provided photo)

URBANA — Dr. Susan Nagele, who witnessed both miracles and misery during a remarkable 33-year career as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner serving in East Africa, is thankful. “I am one of the most fortunate people in the world,” said Nagele, 63, in closing a recent talk to a women’s group at her home parish of […]

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“Schindler’s List” (Universal)

Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley star in a scene from the 1993 movie "Schindler's List." To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's award-winning film, Universal will be re-releasing the movie in a limited engagement Dec. 7. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service EDITOR’S NOTE: This review originally ran Dec. 17, 1993. The movie is being re-released Dec. 7 on 1,000 screens in the U.S., including theaters in central Illinois. Check your local listings. — Sobering account of an opportunistic German businessman (Liam Neeson) who comes to occupied Poland to make his fortune by exploiting […]

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Rolheiser’s ‘Sacred Fire’ a reflective read on how to deepen our adult faith life

By Sister Mary Core, OSB Though not a “hot-off-the-press” book, “Sacred Fire” by Ronald Rolheiser is well worth reading. It is a follow-up to his “The Holy Longing,” and the predecessor to a yet-to-be-written book on Radical Discipleship. Stick with it through part one of the book (chapters 1 and 2) in which Rolheiser sets […]

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Sr. Gretchen McKean, CHM, longtime educator and Bradford native, dies at 86

Sister Gretchen McKean, CHM

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Sister Gretchen McKean, CHM, a native of Bradford who taught biology for nearly four decades at the former Marycrest College here, died on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston, Iowa. She was 86. Visitation was scheduled at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 W. Central Park Ave., […]

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‘Teaching Like Jesus’ workshop on Jan. 9 invites educators from around diocese

Andre Lesperance

The diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations hopes to help teachers make the most of their relationships with students and bring them closer to Christ with “Teaching Like Jesus: Making Disciples in Our Schools” on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Resources Center, 415 N.E. […]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations set at cathedral and around the diocese

St. Juan Diego, portrayed by Luis Mondragon, kneels as he is greeted by the Blessed Virgin Mary, portrayed by Kimberly Alfaro, during a presentation of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2016 at St. Mary Church in Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria will be filled with prayer, song and dance throughout much of the day on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The celebration is one of several planned around the Diocese of Peoria — especially in parishes with Spanish-speaking communities — on or around the feast day […]

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When it comes to proclaiming Christ, trust grace and just start doing it

Father Timothy Hepner

Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 9 Baruch 5:1-3; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6 “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” The words of Isaiah reverberated and found their fulfillment in the events of John the Baptist’s proclamation. St. Luke, the painstaking historian, tells us specifically when and where these events occurred. This is important, because […]

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