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College life has changed in 2020, but not the mission of Catholic campus ministry

Volunteers from St. John's Catholic Newman Center help returning students move in to Newman Hall in the heart of the University of Illinois campus in Champaign on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While students returning to the many universities and colleges within the Diocese of Peoria are facing new realities because of the pandemic, the mission of the Newman Centers and other Catholic campus ministries has not changed. “We’re still here to build community, we’re still here to build a relationship with Christ,” said Father Robert Lampitt, […]

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Contrast, contradiction, paradox, grace

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 30 Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27 Three words help us understand the readings for this Sunday — contrast, contradiction and paradox. Contrast means one thing is strikingly different from another. Today’s Gospel stands in contrast to last week’s Gospel, Peter’s profession of […]

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Fr. Otto’s ‘Two Minutes About’ videos are joyfully connecting life, faith for many

"Two Minutes About" with Father Tom Otto, parochial vicar for the LaSalle Catholic Community, reached 100 episodes on Aug. 16.

LASALLE — Two minutes doesn’t seem like enough time to accomplish much of anything. For Father Tom Otto, however, it’s more than enough time to make a connection with God and faith and have fun doing it. Those insights are part of a series on Facebook called “Two Minutes About.” Father Otto, parochial vicar for […]

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H.S. of Saint Thomas More teacher makes her final profession of Franciscan vows

Sister Mary Francis Goodson, FSGM

CHAMPAIGN — Sister Mary Francis Goodson, FSGM, a mathematics teacher at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, has made her final profession of vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. The celebration took place during feast day festivities at the motherhouse in Alton on Aug. 3. “I […]

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‘Welcome back!’ — Catholic schools open in diocese for first time since mid-March

Levi Bounds and his classmates in Natalie Perry's third grade at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington may be wearing masks and maintaining social distance from one another, but starting the day with prayer is a normal thing for a Catholic school to do. The first day at Corpus Christi was Aug. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Adrienne Wilson bounded out the front doors of Corpus Christi School on Aug. 19 and waved to the families in every car lined up in the circular drive with an enthusiastic “Welcome back to school!” With the exception of a kindergarten student or two, who weren’t sure they wanted to leave Mom and […]

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100 years ‘just a number’ to long-serving Fourth Degree Knight Michael Faley

Louis Kanowsky, grand knight of Spalding Council No. 427 of the Knights of Columbus, presents a resolution passed at the state convention to Michael Faley that honors him for being a member of the fraternal organization for 77 years. The council named a meeting room in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Peoria for Mr. Faley, who turns 100 on Sept. 4. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Michael Faley says there are three secrets to a long life: keep all your doctor’s appointments, get plenty of rest, and try not to worry too much. It must work. The Peoria man will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sept. 4. “One hundred years is just a number,” Mr. Faley said with a smile. Pandemic […]

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Bishop Tylka’s one-month anniversary spent in Rock Island, Kewanee vicariates

"Who is Jesus to you?" asked Bishop Tylka during his homily at St. Pius X Church in Rock Island on Aug. 22. While we know Jesus as an historic figure and give him titles such as "Lord" and "Son of God," Bishop Tylka said Jesus wants a close, personal relationship with us as our brother and friend. Bishop Tylka celebrated Mass with representatives of parishes in the Rock Island Vicariate on Aug. 22 and with the faithful of the Kewanee Vicariate the following day. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On the one-month anniversary of his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka was on the road again — becoming more familiar with the people and places of his new diocese. “I’m still learning to embrace this new role that the Lord has called me to,” Bishop Tylka said in Kewanee on Aug. […]

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Marian painting reproductions installed and blessed at St. Mary Church, Westville

Kenosha artist Stephen Cascio, left, and his brother Patrick carry an image of the Assumption of Mary prior to its installation above an entrance to St. Mary Church in Westville. It was one of two Marian depictions installed and blessed on the Solemnity of the Assumption, Aug. 15. (Provided photo)

WESTVILLE — Two digitally reproduced Baroque-era paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary were installed and blessed in interior arches above the north and south entrances to St. Mary Church here the weekend of Aug. 15-16. “Our parish is named St. Mary and, other than a statue, we really had nothing special to the Blessed Virgin […]

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