Pre-inquiry program is announced for a new class of permanent deacons

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria applaud as members of a new class are accepted into the ministry of acolyte in this Catholic Post file photo.

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate has announced a pre-inquiry program for men interested in being a part of the next formation class. Potential applicants should first speak with their pastor and/or a deacon in their parish. The next step would be to contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, (309) 671-1550, to request an […]

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Refurbished pipe organ to be blessed, recital set Aug. 29 at St. Mary, Rock Island

Chris Versluis, who has been playing the organ at St. Mary Church in Rock Island for 22 years, sits at the new console of the refurbished instrument on a recent Saturday afternoon. "The keyboard is still the same, so it still feels like home," he said. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — On any Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning a clear, powerful, vigorous voice proclaiming the glory of God can be heard coming from St. Mary Church here — and bringing parishioners right along with it. That voice belongs to the newly refurbished Wicks pipe organ that will be blessed on Sunday, Aug. 29. […]

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Virtual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference puts spotlight on God’s love

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomed participants to the Diocese of Peoria's 35th Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, held virtually again this year, by encouraging them to witness to what the Holy Spirit had done in their lives, especially to young people.

COVID-19 continues to make its presence felt, but so does the Holy Spirit. Those who attended the Diocese of Peoria’s 35th Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference found that reason enough to celebrate and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, encouraged them to do so. “The Holy Spirit is essential to our life of faith in the Catholic […]

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Students, staff, families draw new administrators to diocesan schools

New administrators who will be greeting students as they return to class in the days to come around the diocese include: (from left) Michael Struna, Sandy Davis, Lauren Booth, Kathryn Frakes, Kelly McLaughlin, Jennifer Kamradt, Katie Coulter, Barbara Rew, and Anthony Corapi. Brief profiles can be found on this page and in the next issue of The Catholic Post. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Students in seven Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria will find new faces in the principal’s office when they return to class this week. Assistant principals have been welcomed at two schools and a new model of collaborative leadership is bringing a chief operating officer to one diocesan high school. The new principals are […]

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‘Learning surrender through suffering’: Sr. M. Clementia reflects on accident

The three Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George are pictured in the inset of this photo of their accident-crushed van. Recovering in their community's Motherhouse in Alton are, from left, Sr. M. Clementia, author of this reflection, Sister M. Magdalene, and Sister M. Michael. (Provided photos)

EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 9, three Rock Island-based members of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident near Springfield. Following is a reflection on the crash and the ensuing weeks of recovery by Sister M. Clementia, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Rock […]

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Thoughts on going off to college

Maddi Cave

Guest column / By Maddi Cave EDITOR’S NOTE: The author is a 2021 graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School. The daughter of Joseph and Misti Cave and a member of St. Patrick Parish in Washington, Maddi will soon begin studies as a journalism major at Drake University in Des Moines. — When I was […]

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Living the Word: Mary is a loving mother in whose arms all are safe

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Aug. 15 Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a,10ab; Psalm 45:10,11,12,16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 I will not be preaching to my parish this year on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ordinarily I would see that as a missed opportunity. […]

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