“Joe Bell” (Roadside)

Mark Wahlberg and Gary Sinise star in a scene from the movie "Joe Bell." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS photo/Roadside Attractions)

By Catholic News Service Somber, heavy-handed drama in which, following the suicide of his 15-year-old son (Reid Miller), a victim of anti-gay bullying, the grieving father (Mark Wahlberg) of the title begins a cross-country trek on foot to deal with his loss and warn any group that will have him about the dangers of such […]

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Funeral homily: Father Tom Henseler was formed by, and then made, history

Father J. Thomas Henseler

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of the homily given at the Mass of Christian Burial on July 19 for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and a pioneer leader in the diocese’s Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs. The Mass was celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at St. […]

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“Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” (Columbia)

Taylor Russell and Logan Miller star in a scene from the movie "Escape Room: Tournament of Champions." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/David Bloomer, Columbia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service In this follow-up to the 2019 original, the two survivors of the initial ordeal (Taylor Russell and Logan Miller), in which competitors were forced to use ingenuity to escape alive from a series of potentially deadly chambers, are joined by others who have achieved the same feat, and all are tested […]

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Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka reflects on his first year in the Diocese of Peoria

One year ago -- on July 23, 2020 -- newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka received sustained applause following his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Leading the applause were (from left) Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, the bishops who consecrated him. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Friday, July 23, will mark the first anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Father Louis Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Despite much of his first year being shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a very active 12 months for Bishop Lou, as he […]

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Bishop Jenky’s 20 years in Peoria honored by new exhibit at the Diocesan Museum

More than 100 photos and dozens of teaching quotes are just part of “My Time in Peoria: Honoring Bishop Jenky’s 20 Years as Our Shepherd,” a new exhibit at the Diocesan Historical Museum located in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The exhibit may be viewed through December. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as Bishop of Peoria next February, the Diocesan Historical Museum is getting a jump on the celebration with a new exhibit highlighting his teaching and actions over the past two decades. “My Time in Peoria: Honoring Bishop Jenky’s 20 Years as Our […]

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“Space Jam: A New Legacy” (Warner Bros.)

Lebron James and Bugs Bunny star in a scene from the animated and live-action movie "Space Jam: A New Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Strained sequel to the 1996 sports comedy once again blends live action and animation as well as basketball and the Looney Tunes gang of cartoon characters. This time out, LeBron James plays himself, as Michael Jordan did in the original, while Don Cheadle portrays the artificial intelligence that controls the Warner […]

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Speakers named for Charismatic Renewal Conference virtual gathering July 30

These are the speakers for the 2021 Catholic Charismatic Reneweal Conference. Their presentations will be posted online July 30. This year's theme is "Bear Patiently in God's Love."

Despite ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and its variants, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference will go on — virtually. Videos will be uploaded to YouTube on July 30 for people to watch at their own pace, according to Cady Nosbisch, conference director. Look for the channel named Peoria Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The theme is “Bear […]

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Jesus alone supplies lasting wholeness

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 18 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” This is pasturing language. Using a word often translated in the Bible as simply “the wilderness,” Jesus calls […]

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Public invited to tour Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center Aug. 1

The new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia remained a construction zone this week as final preparations were made for an open house on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1, and the welcoming of the first groups to utilize the new complex. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA — Catholics making summer travel plans would do well to pencil in Sunday, Aug. 1, for a road trip to see a diocesan dream realized. The new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, whose construction has been hidden from public view by the wooded Illinois River bluff on which it was built, will host an open house […]

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