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Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, Peoria native, dies May 9; funeral services pending

Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, who served in Peoria for 38 years as a social worker, teacher and school counselor, died May 9, 2020, in St. Louis. She was also active in Cursillo.(Provided photo)

ST. LOUIS — Sister Roberta Cecile Houlihan, CSJ, a longtime social worker and counselor in Peoria who was also active in Cursillo, died May 9, 2020, at Nazareth Living Center here. She was 93. Funeral arrangements are pending. Born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Peoria, and baptized Phyllis, Sister Roberta was the daughter of Leo […]

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Diocese’s Coadjutor Bishop-elect Tylka always strives to be a ‘gentle shepherd’

Father Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Julie Billiart Church in Tinley Park in this photo posted May 2 on the parish's Facebook page. Pope Francis has appointed Father Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Peoria.

TINLEY PARK — When Father Lou Tylka was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago 24 years ago this week, among the gifts he received was a small statue of a shepherd kneeling to pet a lamb. The newly appointed Coadjutor Bishop-elect of Peoria still displays the statue and it has been a […]

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Pope Francis appoints Father Louis Tylka as Coadjutor Bishop for Diocese of Peoria

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Father Louis Tylka

Pope Francis has appointed Father Louis Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria. A coadjutor is an assistant bishop with the right of succession. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who has shepherded the Diocese of Peoria since 2002, will continue as diocesan bishop. When Bishop Jenky […]

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Livestreaming Mass one way to get to know new coadjutor bishop-elect

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka is among the pastors who have been livestreaming Masses during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are broadcast from his parish church, St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park. To find them, visit St. Julie Billiart Parish on Facebook or the parish’s website, stjulie.org. There is also a link there to his “Midweek Moment.” […]

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The church as a community of faith and living stones, with Jesus as cornerstone

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fifth Sunday of Easter/May 10 Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 33:1-2,4-5,18-19; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12 In the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost the emphases of the Sunday Scripture readings gradually change. At first the focus is on the risen Lord who has conquered sin and death. But as the feast of […]

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Virtual tours, online registration among welcoming options at Catholic schools

Sharon Bowker, one of the kindergarten teachers at Seton Catholic School in Moline, welcomes viewers to her classroom during a "virtual kindergarten roundup." Virtual tours and online registration are ways that families who want to explore Catholic education can do so during coronavirus restrictions. (Screenshot from setonschool.com)

Families who want to explore Catholic education for their children have some new options this spring as schools around the Diocese of Peoria offer virtual tours and online registration in an effort to welcome everyone and still keep them safe. “Once we realized we were in this remote learning and weren’t going to return to […]

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By division, mothers are superheroes

“Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centered individualism,” Pope Francis said during a general audience in 2015. “’Individual’ means ‘what cannot be divided.’ Mothers, instead, ‘divide’ themselves, from the moment they bear a child to give him to the world and help him grow.” The pope’s words ring even more true as […]

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After 44-year vocation teaching religion, Schlarman’s Pat Prall preparing to retire

Pat Prall lis retiring after 46 years in education -- 25 of them at Schlarman Academy in Danville, her alma mater.This photo, which she submitted to the school for a video message to the students, lets them know they are on her mind and in her prayers daily. (Provided photo)

DANVILLE — It’s only 65 steps from Pat Prall’s classroom at Schlarman Academy to the school chapel. A religion teacher, she has walked that path so many times over the last 25 years that she knows every step of the way blindfolded. “I don’t think I could do what I do without prayer,” she told […]

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