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Sister Sara, principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School, professes perpetual vows

Sister Sara Kowal professes perpetual vows with the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary during a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Miami on July 1. Receiving her vows in the name of the church is Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM, foundress of the religious community. (Provided photo)

As she looks back over her life, Sister Sara Kowal sees how the Lord has been leading her all along to the moment on July 1 when she professed perpetual vows with the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She can’t talk about it without smiling. “From the very beginning he has […]

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Be ‘cooperators with God’ and agents of healing, 200 urged at charismatic event

Martina Akolly, Perolle Assindo and Denise Soglohun of Prayer Group Sinai at Christ the King Church in Moline take the opportunity to praise and worship the Lord during the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, held July 26-27 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In practical, humorous and inspirational ways, speakers at the 33rd annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria last weekend encouraged nearly 200 people to make good use of the love and mercy God lavishes on them by extending it to others. “We need to be cooperators with God,” said Mother Adela Galindo, foundress of the […]

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Security cameras, an aging tennis player, and examining our lenses of conscience

The prevalence of security cameras is sparking a debate in society about when they might infringe on privacy. Followers of Jesus would do well do regularly clean and fine tune the lenses of their conscience, and examine its footage at the end of each day.

I enjoy tennis. In my boyhood long ago, I would practice for hours by hitting a ball against the sturdy outside walls of one of two buildings — the local high school gym or a furniture store just a block from our house. No one inside ever told me to stop, and so in my […]

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Sister Prema, head of the Missionaries of Charity, visits Sisters and supporters here

Sister Mary Prema Pierick, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, is seen fourth from left in this photo with members of her community serving in Peoria after a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral on July 17. Also pictured are Father Jeremy Freehill (left), Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Father Alex Millar. (Provided photo/Christu Raj)

The rosary is a holy “weapon” that strengthens the Missionaries of Charity as they bring the love and compassion of God to the most neglected and unwanted, the head of the worldwide religious community founded by St. Teresa of Kolkata said in a visit to Peoria on July 17. “When you saw Mother, you always […]

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OSF HealthCare, Little Company of Mary are working toward a full merger

Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago. (Photo from LCM Health News)

OSF HealthCare and the Chicago-based Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers are working toward a full merger, the two organizations announced on July 17. The merger is expected to take place in early 2020. The organizations will spend the next several months finalizing agreements and seeking the necessary regulatory and canonical approvals. […]

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Lacon parish to celebrate 150 years since church’s dedication with Mass on Aug. 17

A sign outside Immauclate Conception Church in Lacon calls to mind that this is the building's 150th year of serving "faith, family, and the community." (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LACON — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will be the principal celebrant of a 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Aug. 17, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of Immaculate Conception Church here. “Our invitation is very open,” said Father John Bosco Mujuni, who is in his second year as pastor. That welcome is specially […]

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“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” (Universal)

Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson star in a scene from the movie "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service Two longtime antagonists, a retired American law-enforcement official (Dwayne Johnson) and a British military veteran (Jason Statham), are forced to work together after the latter’s estranged sister (Vanessa Kirby), an intelligence operative, is wrongly accused of stealing a bioweapon with the potential to wipe out a whole swath of the world’s […]

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Sister Ana Pia now full-time director of Office of Evangelization, Faith Formation

Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM

As Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, guided Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria throughout most of this decade, she was sometimes asked to take on additional duties in areas such as Respect Life and Hispanic ministry. A diocesan office she has led since the departure of former director Shirley Plaag last summer — Evangelization […]

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Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, named director of diocese’s Catholic Charities

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, has been named director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. An experienced social worker and educator who for six years served as principal of St. Mary’s Cathedral School in an impoverished section of Miami called Little Haiti, Sister Michelle succeeds Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, who has guided Catholic […]

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