Transcript of the homily at the funeral Mass for Fr. James Henning, OFM Conv.

Father James Henning, OFM Conv.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full transcript from the homily given Jan. 6 at the funeral Mass for Father James Henning, OFM Conv. The Mass was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Clinton and has been archived for viewing here. The homilist was Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv. — My dear friends […]

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The writing legacy of Harry Williams

Harry Williams wrote hundreds of weekly, faith-based reflections that can be accessed at

The late Jesuit Father John Hardon believed that writing is a great asset to the spiritual life. “To be convinced of the worth of writing, daily — if only a few words — is to have made a giant stride on the road to sanctity,” he wrote in 1998. The reasons Father Hardon lists are […]

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“The 355” (Universal)

Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong'o star in a scene from the movie "The 355." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Robert Viglasky, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Who needs one James Bond when you can have five Jane Bonds? That’s the premise behind this entertaining thriller featuring a quintet of lady spies, directed by Simon Kinberg. Global disaster looms when mercenaries acquire a cyber weapon that destabilizes technology with a single touch. Governments from the United States to […]

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Bishop Tylka’s January parish prayer list

Bishop Tylka was scheduled to pray for Epiphany Parish, whose church is pictured here, on Jan. 3. (Photo from

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name, as well as the religious communities serving in central Illinois. Everyone is invited to join Bishop Tylka in praying for the following parishes and religious communities that are being remembered in January: Jan. 1: Our Lady of the Lake […]

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Calendar helps give diocese’s seminarians the gift of our prayers throughout 2022

The Office of Priestly Vocations has developed a monthly prayer calendar that includes the 21 seminarians, their families, our bishops, vocations leaders, and others.

Seminarians who returned to the Diocese of Peoria for Christmas consider these visits “grace-filled times,” not just because they get to see their families and friends, but because they have encounters with the people they will serve someday. “It can be easy to lose sight of our purpose while we are occupied with the busy […]

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Most Catholic schools welcome students back, emphasize safety as COVID-19 surges

Dori Laidler, a kindergarten student at St. Philomena School in Peoria, dons a Spiderman mask as she prays during a eucharistic procession on the school grounds in October. Safety measures remain in place at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria as COVID-19, including the omicron variant, continued to surge at the beginning of 2022.(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Christmas break ended Jan. 3 for Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria, with almost all of them planning to welcome students at some point during the week. Safety measures were still very much in place as COVID-19 continued to surge in some areas. One exception was Holy Family School in Peoria, which posted a […]

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