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Msgr. Stanley L. Deptula — 25 years of priesthood influenced by Fulton Sheen

Msgr. Stanley L. Deptula

As executive director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, Msgr. Deptula has worked long and hard to see that the work and heroic virtues of the sainthood candidate are known around the world. The relationship doesn’t stop there, however. “Fulton Sheen has changed my priesthood. I feel truly that he is my diocesan brother, […]

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Msgr. Brian Brownsey — 25 years of fatherly care for faithful of all ages

Msgr. Brian K. Brownsey

Msgr. Brownsey quips that at 58, he must be the oldest Newman Center chaplain in the country. But he wouldn’t trade his ministry to the college students at Bradley University and Illinois Central College for anything. “I love it,” he said. “It perks me up and keeps me going.” Msgr. Brownsey said his affinity for […]

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Father Schaab: 50 years spent helping people find ‘the Christ already there’

Father R. Michael Schaab

PUTNAM — Since he was granted senior status in 2014, Father R. Michael Schaab has been working to make things grow on his 15-acre hobby farm in Putnam County. That includes apples, cherries, pears, peaches, raspberries and red and black currants. “My theory was I’ll plant everything I can and we’ll see what likes it […]

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Ordination profile: Deacon Nicolas Wilson knows the Diocese of Peoria well

Deacon Nicolas Wilson is pictured outside the church of his home parish, St. Jude in Peoria. He and Deacon Austin Bosse will be ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Wherever Deacon Nicolas Wilson is assigned to serve in the 26-county Diocese of Peoria after he is ordained to the priesthood on May 29, the odds are good that he’s been there before. The son of Richard and Lori Wilson of Dunlap attended Catholic elementary schools in Chillicothe and Kickapoo and high school at Peoria […]

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Ordination profile: Deacon Austin Bosse finds peace after his ‘yes’ to priesthood

Deacon Austin Bosse is pictured outside St. Matthew Church in Champaign, where he will offer his first Mass the morning after his May 29 ordination to the priesthood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After years of ignoring or saying “no” to inner callings to consider the priesthood, Deacon Austin Bosse realized he was arguing with God and wasn’t going to win that battle. When he finally shared the history of those proddings with Msgr. Brian Brownsey after an Emmaus Days retreat, the priest just laughed. “You know you […]

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Two will be ordained to the priesthood for diocese at cathedral Mass on May 29

The two men to be ordained to the priesthood on May 29 at pictured in the churches of their home parishes. Deacon Austin Bosse is in St. Matthew Church, Champaign, while Deacon Nicolas Wilson is in St. Jude Church, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Two men will be ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during an Ordination Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The ordinands and their home parishes are: Deacon Austin Bosse, 34, of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, and Deacon Nicolas Wilson, […]

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New assignments are announced for 25 priests; Fr. John Burns to senior status

Father John Burns, who was granted senior status on March 1, is pictured with gifts he received May 2 from members of the three parishes he served since 2005 -- St. John the Apostle in Woodhull, St. John the Evangelist in Galva, and St. John Vianney in Cambridge. The gifts included a handcrafted Hemlock wood portable altar, a handmade missal stand, altar linens and a blud vesperal cloth. (Provided photo)

Twenty-five priests are receiv­ing new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (Click here for the full list.) While most of the appoint­ments take effect on Wednesday, June 9, the transition to senior status of Father John Burns, 75, was granted on March 1. Father Burns had […]

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Assignments include Fr. Burns to senior status, Fr. Laible to military archdiocese

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty-five priests are receiving new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Following is the full list, while a background story with additional details is found here. Father John Burns, from pastor, St. John the Apostle Parish, Woodhull; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Galva; and […]

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End of school year celebrated with Mass, gratitude, two years of diocesan awards

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka leads the applause for Dr. Noreen Dillon of St. Mark School in Peoria and Jane Barrett of Seton Catholic School in Moline after they were honored as Distinguished Principals of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, respectively, at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 5. Joining in are their pastors, Msgr. Brian Brownsey, center, and Father Mark DeSutter, far right. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After two challenging years of providing instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, the principals, pastors and school chaplains of Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria gathered May 5 to celebrate what they had been able to do. During a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, they heard words of thanks from Coadjutor Bishop Louis […]

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This Pentecost feels like a starting line

With its themes of breathing new life into the world and renewal, this Pentecost Sunday — May 23 — may have special significance in 2021 for Catholics as we appear to be emerging from the pandemic in the United States. Many who have been hesitant to attend Mass are doing so again, thanks to vaccinations […]

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