Benedictines in Rock Island hope ‘virtual monastery’ tour leads to in-person visits

The Virtual Monastery Experience gives visitors an opportunity to see what St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island offers so they will feel more comfortable coming in person and perhaps considering religious life. (Provided photo/Mandle Design Inc.)

ROCK ISLAND — It’s a question Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB, is asked often when people find out she lives in a monastery: “Can I go there?” “They think they can’t go in,” said Sister Stefanie, director of vocations for the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island and a preschool teacher at Our […]

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Funeral Mass homily: Msgr. Hallin an extraordinary teacher, energetic pastor

Msgr. Albert Hallin stands in front of the small altar in his apartment at Inman Place in Champaign in this 2013 file photo. The former educator, pastor and holder of diocesan leadership positions died Aug. 26 at the age of 90. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Following is the homily from the Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Albert Hallin, P.A., a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who died on Aug. 26 at the age of 90. His obituary appeared in the Sept. 1 issue of The Catholic Post. The funeral was celebrated on Aug. 30 at […]

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Beloved usher at St. Patrick Parish, Seneca, is still on duty as he nears 100th birthday

Ann and John Collet give veteran usher Bob Hollenbeck a reason to stop while taking the collection at St. Patrick Church in Seneca on Sept. 8. Hollenbeck, who will celebrate his 100th birthday on Oct. 1, has been an usher there for 63 years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SENECA — Over the course of a century, Bob Hollenbeck has done just about everything he’s wanted to do. So what will he wish for when he celebrates his 100th birthday on Oct. 1? “Two more years,” he replies with a chuckle and a twinkle in his eye. “I’ve had such a good life,” Mr. […]

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The Priest is Not His Own

By Katie Bogner “On Saturday, September 20, 1919, I was ordained a priest, by the grace of God, in the cathedral at Peoria. The stirrings which the Holy Spirit put in my soul in the early days were now fulfilled — or were they? I was now a priest. Yes. But is not that just […]

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God’s love for us is never in doubt, but the key question is do we love God?

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By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 15 Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 St. Luke recounts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as a proclamation to the outcasts. Just who exactly were the outcasts? This week’s readings, the entire 15th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, recount Jesus teaching to two kinds […]

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“It: Chapter Two” (Warner Bros.)

Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa and Jay Ryan star in a scene from the movie "It: Chapter Two." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service Patience-trying follow-up to the 2017 adaptation of horror maven Stephen King’s novel jumps ahead almost three decades from the late-Eighties action of the original and unleashes the cyclically returning evil that has long beset the fictional town of Derry, New Hampshire. This becomes the cue for a reunion of the self-dubbed […]

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“Bennett’s War” (Forrest)

Michael Roark and Allison Paige star in a scene from the movie "Bennett's War." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Forest Films)

By Catholic News Service Endearing sports drama about a wounded Afghan War vet (Michael Roark) who risks being permanently crippled in order to return to the motocross track, where his pre-deployment reputation was impressive, and win prize money to save his father’s (Trace Adkins) failing farm. Though his wife (Allison Paige) is initially opposed, fearing […]

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Rally Against Abortion covers State Capitol in prayer, determination

Father Edward Ohm of Lincoln organized the Rally Against Abortion at the State Capitol as a private citizen in an effort to pray for government officials and offer reparation for sins against God. During the prayerful, peaceful event on Sept. 4, he blessed the building with holy water and consecrated it to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SPRINGFIELD — Tears fill Shirley Buckner’s eyes when she talks about abortion, and her heart breaks at the thought of what happens to the unborn during the procedure that will stop theirs. “It’s so horrible. It’s horrible,” said Buckner, a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Mount Pulaski. “Such a beautiful life that’s snuffed […]

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Archbishop Sheen museum seeing an increase in visitors, adds to displays

Father Joseph Lappe, MIC, associate pastor of St. Peter and Holy Rosary parishes in Kenosha, Wisconsin, views one of eight new photo slide shows at the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria during his visit there Aug. 26. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before it was announced in early summer that the remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen would be transferred from New York to Peoria — and before the miracle attributed to his intercession was approved, paving the way for beatification — the museum that bears his name at the Spalding Pastoral Center was already undergoing […]

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Volunteers offer welcome, information to all visiting cathedral, Sheen’s tomb

David and Linda Whitaker of Tinley Park, pilgrims to the tomb of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Aug. 27, are greeted by volunteers (from left) Kate Socha of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Peoria Heights; Regina Hutt of St. Philomena Parish, Peoria; and Patricia Ostaszewski of Epiphany Parish, Normal. More than 50 volunteers have staffed the welcoming table during the two months since the cathedral extended visiting hours following the transfer of the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before they visit the new tomb of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, pilgrims to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria first encounter a smiling face and warm greeting from one of more than 50 volunteers who take turns at a table just inside the side chapel entrance door. “I hope to be a listening ear to […]

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