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3 to senior status in priest assignments announced by Bishop Jenky; full list here

Fourteen priests of the Diocese of Peoria have received new assignments in clergy appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Three priests were granted senior status. They include: Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, P.A., 70, a former vicar general and administrator of the Diocese of Peoria and rector emeritus of Mount St. Mary’s […]

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Author Megan Gannon shares inspiring stories of nine saints with disabilities

Megan Gannon is the author of "Special Saints for Special People: Stories of Saints with Disabilities," recently published by Twenty-Third Publications. She is a member of St. Timothy Church in Chantilly, Virginia. (Zoey Maraist/courtesy of the Arlington Catholic Herald)

Reviewed by Father Luke Spannagel If you have been following my book reviews, you may have noticed that I really enjoy stories. And people from the parishes where I have served know that I especially like saint stories. I am always edified by the great faith of the saints and find myself inspired by how […]

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“7500” (Amazon)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in a scene from the movie "7500." The Catholic News Service classification of the theatrical version is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Amazon Studios via EPK-TV)

By Catholic News Service Director Patrick Vollrath, who co-wrote the screenplay with Senad Halilbasic, has come up with the original notion of telling the story of this hijacking thriller exclusively from the viewpoint of the captured vessel’s co-pilot (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Confined within the cramped cockpit, he has only occasional glimpses of cabin violence via a […]

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“Artemis Fowl” (Disney)

Judi Dench stars in a scene from "Artemis Fowl." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney Enterprises)

By Catholic News Service Spectacle trumps story in director Kenneth Branagh’s crowded, off-key screen version of Eoin Colfer’s 2001 fantasy novel for young adults. After his namesake dad (Colin Farrell), a wealthy, mysterious antiques dealer based in Ireland, is kidnapped by a malevolent pixie (Hong Chau), the brilliant 12-year-old boy of the title (Ferdia Shaw) […]

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Sr. Susan Hutchens is elected prioress by Rock Island Benedictine community

Sister Susan Hutchens, OSB, the newly elected prioress of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, is a former teacher who has served the Benedictine community as treasurer and was president of the Federation of St. Benedict from 2009 to 2015. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Susan Hutchens, OSB, has succeeded Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, to become the 14th prioress of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. Her election took place on Sunday, June 14, after a long discernment process by the Benedictine community. Sister Kerry O’Reilly, OSB, president of the Federation of St. Benedict, was present […]

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Options for First Communion, visiting sick, confirmation, offices addressed

Noting that “the life of the Church must go on,” Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, has sent a letter to priests addressing options for First Communion, confirmation and visiting the sick now that public Masses have resumed. The June 9 communication also discussed considerations for opening parish offices and holding […]

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First Communions being celebrated again, and on the ‘perfect’ day at Morton parish

Leah Duffy receives her First Communion from Msgr. Gerald Ward as her happy parents Tim and Abi Duffy look on. Trying to catch a glimpse is big brother Beau, while little sister Cecilia watches intently. Leah was one of 35 children to celebrate the sacrament in two Masses last weekend at Blessed Sacrament in Morton. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MORTON — Telling them they all looked beautiful and handsome, Msgr. Gerald Ward welcomed 20 girls in white dresses and veils and boys in suits and ties to Blessed Sacrament Church as they received the Blessed Sacrament for the first time on June 13. He would offer the same welcome to 15 boys and girls […]

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Deacon James Haneghan, 76, dies; served St. Patrick Parish in Galesburg since 1997

Deacon James Haneghan

GALESBURG — Deacon James Haneghan, who served St. Patrick Parish here since his ordination as a permanent deacon in 1997, died on Saturday, June 13, 2020. He was 76. The rosary will be prayed privately at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home in Galesburg on Tuesday, June 16, at 5 p.m. Open visitation will follow from 6 to […]

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‘Happy day’ as transitional deacons ordained, Bishop-elect Tylka welcomed

The newly ordained transitional deacons pose for a formal photo in the cathedral sanctuary following the June 14 Mass. From left are Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka, Deacon Austin Bosse, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Deacon Nicolas Wilson, and Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Proclaiming it “a very happy day for our diocese,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, ordained seminarians Austin Bosse and Nicolas Wilson as transitional deacons during the first public Sunday liturgy in St. Mary’s Cathedral since the start of coronavirus pandemic restrictions in mid-March. “It’s good to be together,” said the bishop in welcoming remarks as […]

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Guest commentary: May God ‘heal our deeply broken view of each other’

People in Raeford, N.C., pray after viewing the body of George Floyd on June 6. (CNS/Jonathan Drake, Reuters)

By Lindsey Weishar “Finally, let each and every Catholic, regardless of their ethnicity, beg God to heal our deeply broken view of each other, as well as our deeply broken society.” – From the “Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests,” May 29, 2020 — As a […]

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