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Archbishop John J. Myers, former bishop of Peoria, Newark archbishop emeritus, dies

Bishop John J. Myers visits with St. John Paul II during an ad limina visit to the Vatican representing the Diocese of Peoria in 1997. Archbishop Myers, archbishop emeritus of Newark, died Sept. 24, 2020, in Ottawa, Illinois. (Photo by Felici)

OTTAWA — Archbishop John J. Myers, the seventh Bishop of Peoria who went on to lead the Archdiocese of Newark from 2001 until his retirement in 2016, died early Thursday morning, Sept. 24, 2020, at a senior care facility here. He was 79. A native of Earlville, Archbishop Myers was a priest of the Diocese […]

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“Antebellum” (Lionsgate)

Janelle Monae stars in a scene from the movie "Antebellum." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service What seems at first to be a historical drama centered on the horrific experiences of an enslaved woman (Janelle Monae) and two of her peers (Tongayi Chirisa and Kiersey Clemons) on a Louisiana cotton plantation (run by Eric Lange and Jack Huston) appears later to be only an extended nightmare in […]

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Indian Catholics in Bloomington host Our Lady of Good Health celebration

The statue of Our Lady of Good Health is carried through St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington by (clockwise from left) Rex Allwyn, Joe Anantham, Maria Jin Lazer and Jerald Andrews (partially obstructed). (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — In many ways, people who are sick have no more control over their illness than St. Patrick Church of Merna had over the rain that caused the cancellation of an outdoor eucharistic procession planned for the Feast of Our Lady of Good Health. “I think the peace comes in recognizing, even in looking […]

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Salesian postulant Pamela Suresca is grateful for #projectmiracle support

Pamela Suresca is the former director of mission formation for weDignify, a pro-life organization based at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign. She is now a postulant with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.

Pamela Rose Suresca has nothing but gratitude for the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese of Peoria. Not only did they foster her call to life as a member of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, but they helped her pay down her student debt so she could pursue that “miracle.” She was […]

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God calls us to conversion, offers what we need

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 27 Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32 Our bodies convert nutrients into tissue. Football teams often attempt a 2-point conversion in close games. Builders convert single family homes into duplexes. This Sunday’s Scripture readings are all about conversion and those who convert, although the […]

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Brimfield, Williamsfield churches will again serve as Box of Joy drop-off sites

Last year, Cross Catholic Outreach was able to send 75,797 boxes filled with small toys, books, toothbrushes, crayons and rosaries, among other things, to children in need in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, Bahamas, and El Salvador.

BRIMFIELD — Charity knows no season and that’s why St. Joseph in Brimfield and St. James in Williamsfield are going ahead with plans to serve as a drop-off site for Box of Joy again this year. “In and out of season, virus or no virus, children still need to experience the love of Jesus,” Father […]

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Members of Permanent Deacon Class XI installed as lectors at cathedral Mass

Deacon candidate Dan Fandel of St. Mary of Lourdes in Germantown Hills places his hands on the Bible as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, installs him as a lector. The ritual took place during a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of Permanent Deacon Class XI took another step in their formation on Sept. 19 when they were installed as lectors by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. He called it a “moment of renewal” for the Diocese of Peoria. “Let us pray together that the word of God will continue to change our lives,” he […]

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Bishop Tylka’s ‘Welcome Tour’ resumes with Masses in Champaign and Danville

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka distributes Communion during the Champaign Vicariate Mass Sept. 19 at St. Matthew Church in Champaign. Assisting is server Veronica Schuchart from St. Matthew Parish. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After a two-week pause, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka resumed his “Welcome Tour” across the Diocese of Peoria with visits Sept. 19-20 to the Champaign and Danville Vicariates. On Saturday, representatives of 16 parishes in the Champaign Vicariate joined Bishop Tylka for a 5:15 p.m. Mass at St. Matthew Church in Champaign. The following morning he […]

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“Infidel” (Cloudburst)

This is the movie poster for "Infidel." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Cloudburst)

By Catholic News Service Invited to appear on Egyptian television, a Christian blogger (Jim Caviezel) asserts the divinity of Jesus on air, for which presumed insult to Islam he’s abducted and tortured first by the Hezbollah in Lebanon and later by Iranian terrorists. The efforts of his wife (Claudia Karvan), a State Department employee, to […]

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