Randy Simmons, Distinguished Principal of the Year, shows love and lives faith

Randy Simmons holds an impromptu meeting with John Alwan, Ben Ramsey, Sarah Rashid, Luke Carroll and Quinn Pallardy in his office at Peoria Notre Dame High School. "If you truly love what you do, really not work," he said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In his “Leadership Development” class at Peoria Notre Dame, Randy Simmons tells the juniors and seniors, “You never have to work a day in your life if you’re passionate about what you do. The money comes and it goes, but if you truly love what you do, it’s really not work.” He speaks from experience. […]

Continue reading

Meet caring, joyful Msgr. Brian Brownsey: Distinguished School Pastor of the Year

While he doesn't get into the classroom as often as he'd like, Msgr. Brian Brownsey tries to get over to St. Mark School in Peoria a couple times during the week, even if it's just to walk through the cafeteria or see students on the playground. "When I go to school and see my kids, I get new life," he said. (Provided photo)

He might have been named the Distinguished School Pastor of the Year, but Msgr. Brian K. Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark Parish and School in Peoria, prefers to expand the spotlight. “I just did what everybody else does,” he said simply. “Our principal, Noreen Dillon, is top-notch. If there’s anything good at St. Mark’s, it’s […]

Continue reading

Despite snow, diocese’s enthusiastic presence seen at March for Life Chicago

Jacob Hopper, Kevin Ellis, Sam Menacher and Chase Stevens of the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal carry the banner for the Diocese of Peoria during March for Life Chicago on Jan. 13. It says, “Life Plays in Peoria.” (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — Respect life advocates of all ages proved that it takes more than a snow storm to keep them from standing up for the unborn when they gathered for March for Life Chicago last Sunday. The enthusiastic rally in Federal Plaza and walk through downtown Chicago proceeded, despite the storm on Jan. 12 that […]

Continue reading

Many from diocese began new year by deepening faith at SEEK2019-Indianapolis

This is only about two-thirds of the group of 72 from the St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois that attended the SEEK2019 conference in Indianapolis Jan. 3-7. The biannual gathering is sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. (Provided photo)

The nearness of a major Catholic gathering led nearly 150 college students, young adults, priests and Religious from the Diocese of Peoria to begin 2019 by deepening their faith at the SEEK2019 experience in Indianapolis. “Faithful Catholics often feel isolated or alone in their school or workplace,” said Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, who accompanied a group […]

Continue reading

A snow of unity

In many ways we live in a time of division, certainly in our politics but also culturally and generationally. Christianity itself and, sadly, the Catholic Church too can seem far from Jesus’ prayer before his Ascension that we “may all be one,” something called to mind annually during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, […]

Continue reading

Marriage a prime image of God’s love

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 20 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 This year my wife and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage, and I could not help but celebrate a little already after reviewing this Sunday’s readings. They are rich with marital language. God professes Himself a “bridegroom […]

Continue reading

Heavy weekend snow led some parishes in diocese to cancel Masses Jan. 12-13

A statue of Mary outside St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria shows the effects of the foot of snow that fell on the city and much of the Diocese of Peoria the weekend of Jan. 12-13. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A weekend snowfall that measured more than a foot in some regions of the diocese caused the cancellation of many parish or school activities, including all Masses in Hancock County on Jan. 12-13. “It snowed and snowed and just kept coming,” said Father Thomas Szydlik, parochial vicar of the five linked faith communities in Nauvoo, […]

Continue reading

Married Valentines, consider Feb. 9 Marriage Mass at cathedral, Date Night

Couples renew their vows at a previous Diocesan Marriage Mass in this Catholic Post file photo.

Married couples looking for an evening out as Valentine’s Day approaches are invited to consider the Diocese of Peoria’s annual Marriage Mass on Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria as well as an optional “Date Night” with dinner and entertainment to follow. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will be principal celebrant of […]

Continue reading
SPALDING PASTORAL CENTER | 419 NE MADISON AVENUE | PEORIA, IL 61603 | PHONE (309) 671-1550 | FAX (309) 671-1595
© Copyright 2021 - The Catholic Post || 2 || All Rights Reserved || Design by