Text of Bishop-elect Tylka’s homily for Vespers on July 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka embraced his new diocese at Vespers on July 21 by donning the stole believed to have been worn by Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette the first time he preached the Gospel in what is now Illilnois. He also wore the pectoral cross that belonged to Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding, the first bishop of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given by Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka during Vespers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Tuesday, July 21. For a story on the evening service, click here. — My brother priests, both the few that are with us from the Archdiocese of Chicago, some of […]

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Symbolism of Bishop Tylka’s coat of arms explained; motto is ‘Go Make Disciples’

Bishop Tylka's coat of arms and episcopal motto, "Go Make Disciples"

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each bishop has his own coat of arms bearing his episcopal motto — usually a quote from Scripture — and symbols that have some personal significance. These coats of arms are used on documents and letterhead and other items pertaining to that bishop. Bishop Tylka’s coat of arms was designed by Father Guy […]

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Hitting the road: Bishop Tylka is coming soon to a church or campus near you

St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington (Aug. 1), left, and St. Mary Church in Pontiac (Aug. 2), are among the first to host vicariate Masses with Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka.

In the weeks to come, newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka will have an opportunity to meet and pray with the people of the Diocese of Peoria at Masses of Thanksgiving in each of the 12 vicariates. Receptions are also planned in each location, followed by opportunities to interact with area priests in many cases. In […]

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‘Everyone is invited’ to view ordination of Bishop-elect Tylka via livestream July 23

This invitation to view the July 23 livestream of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka’s episcopal ordination Mass is being shared across social media.

While acknowledging it is “unfortunate” that attendance at the episcopal ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka will be limited on July 23 because of coronavirus pandemic guidelines, Msgr. Jason Gray takes the optimistic view. Because the Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Peoria’s website ( and Facebook page, he said, “in a certain […]

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As cases rise, bishop ‘insists’ on Communion in the hand, face coverings at Mass

Msgr. Philip Halfacre distributes Holy Communion to Martha Sokol during a recent Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator. Citing increased occurrences of COVID-19 around the Diocese of Peoria, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is now insisting that Communion only be received in the hand, and that all participating in the liturgy wear a face covering. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

For the protection of others, especially the most vulnerable, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is now insisting that the faithful only receive Holy Communion in the hand and not on the tongue. In a letter dated July 16, the bishop also asked that everyone participating in the Mass — including the celebrant — wear a […]

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‘Very rich rite’ filled with symbolism will be used to consecrate Bishop-elect Tylka

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis prays over Bishop Donald E. DeGrood during his episcopal ordination and installation Mass as the ninth bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls Feb. 13, 2020. This is one of the moments to watch for when Bishop-elect Louis Tylka is ordained to serve as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria on July 23. (CNS/Michael G. Brown Photography)

In normal circumstances, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria would be bursting at the seams with people for the ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka this Thursday, July 23. Nevertheless, the celebration will be filled with enough prayer, music and ancient ritual to provide a joyful welcome for the man who will one day be the […]

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Sisters share how family, faith provide firm foundation for Bishop-elect Tylka

Louis Tylka, the youngest child of Louis M. and Norma Tylka, is seen with his older sisters (clockwise from left) Brenda (BJ), Therese (Tésa), Patty, Mary Lou and Linda in this undated photo. (Tylka family photo)

Long before being a priest — let alone a bishop — was a thought in his mind, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka was playing church with his five older sisters, Linda, Brenda, Therese, Patty and Mary Lou, in the garage of their Hazel Crest home. The “host” was fashioned from Wonder Bread and they used a […]

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Bishop Tylka shares hopes for ordination, explains motto in Catholic Post interview

"This is home. This is where God has called me to be," said Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka in a July 7 interview with The Catholic Post.

EDITOR’S NOTE — On July 7, just a few days after his move to Peoria from Tinley Park, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka sat for a second lengthy interview with The Catholic Post. The first was conducted by telephone in conjunction with his appointment announced on May 11. Following is the transcript of a conversation in […]

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‘The Most Amazing Harvest’ is a local story of faith, family, farming, community

Reviewed by Katie Bogner Agriculture teaches a unique perspective on the value of sacrifice, seasons of change, and the importance of community. In 2015, farmer Carl Bates of Galva was told that he only had months to live. With countless other concerns to focus on during their remaining time together, one major problem for the […]

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