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‘Humbled and honored’: An interview with the new abbot of St. Bede Abbey

Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, who was elected on July 13 to lead the Benedictine community at St. Bede Abbey in Peru, stands in front of the monastery’s door. His abbatial blessing is planned for Saturday, Sept. 3, and will be conferred by Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Lombardo, CFR, of Chicago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — After being known as Father Michael for 20 years, it may take some time for Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, to get used to his new title and responsibilities. But that is what the monastic community at St. Bede Abbey elected him to do on July 13. His abbatial blessing will be conferred by […]

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Lively question-and-answer sessions with Bishop Tylka at summer’s Emmaus Days

Hands go up as Bishop Louis Tylka fields questions from retreatants at Emmaus Days Session IV at Peoria Notre Dame High School on July 22. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The questions came at Bishop Louis Tylka in rapid succession — almost one a minute during two half-hour sessions at Emmaus Days this month at Peoria Notre Dame High School. What’s the hardest decision you’ve made as a bishop so far? Has Pope Francis told you when Fulton Sheen will be beatified? How much do […]

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Largest Emmaus Days in a decade as 162 encounter Jesus, consider vocations

Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocation director for recruitment, leads an Emmaus Days session outside St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign. (Provided photo)

That 162 boys and young men took part in the four sessions of Emmaus Days this summer in the Diocese of Peoria — the most in a decade — was “incredible.” But there was another number even more satisfying to the seminarian leaders of the vocation awareness retreats sponsored by the diocese’s Office of Vocations. […]

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Painting a soup bowl on Aug. 17 will give a ‘spoonful’ of help to Sophia’s Kitchen

People will have the opportunity to paint two soup bowls at fundraising sessions set for Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Sophia's Kitchen, 105 N. Richard Pryor Place in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Who wants to think about soup in summer heat? Claire Crone hopes you will and participate in Spoonful, a two-part fundraiser for Sophia’s Kitchen, a mission of St. Joseph Church in Peoria. The first part of Spoonful is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 17, when people will have the opportunity to paint two soup bowls. The […]

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Diocese hosts Teens Encounter Christ leaders; Geneseo catechist honored

Bishop Louis Tylka is surrounded by those attending TEC Encounter 2022 after the opening Mass at St. John's Chapel in Champaign. The national gathering was held July 15-17. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — With about 60 leaders from 20 Teens Encounter Christ communities around the country converging on St. John’s Catholic Newman Center July 15-17, there was plenty of joy to go around as they prayed, learned and laughed together. That joyful, fruitful ministry doesn’t come from running nonstop, however. That’s why TEC Encounter 2022 focused […]

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Paul Moore: Stepping in from the threshold of the door to make decisions

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore I have a bit of a complicated relationship with decision-making. Sometimes I charge in impulsively (“where angels fear to tread,” as my Mom used to say) without sufficiently thinking — or more importantly, praying — things through beforehand, and must beat a retreat later. Other times I […]

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What are we desiring more of in life? Things? Success? How about Jesus?

Carla Oliver

Living the Word / By Carla Oliver Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 31 Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17; Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; Luke 12:13-21 I always find there to be a little bit of humor in thinking about what it must have been like for members of the early church to process what Jesus meant when […]

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Pope Francis arrives in Canada focused on elders and on repentance

Pope Francis greets residential school survivor Alma Desjarlais of the Frog Lake First Nation and Chief Greg Desjarlais of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, during a welcoming ceremony with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, looking on at center, and Mary Simon, governor general, (not pictured) at Edmonton International Airport on July 24. The pope was beginning a six-day visit to Canada. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — After a flight of more than 10 hours from Rome, Pope Francis landed in Edmonton and met briefly at the airport with Indigenous leaders, Canada’s governor general and prime minister before heading to the local seminary for a rest. Governor General Mary Simon and […]

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OSF HealthCare, Illinois CancerCare announce ‘enhanced collaboration’

The entrance to the Peoria Cancer Center on Wood Sage Road in Peoria shows the close physical relationship between OSF HealthCare and Illinois CancerCare. The two independent entities announced an enhanced collabortion at a press conference on July 21. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

OSF HealthCare and Illinois CancerCare have announced an “enhanced collaboration” to better deliver comprehensive cancer care for patients and their families in regions served by both independent entities. At a July 21 press conference in the Path of Hope Tribute Garden outside Illinois CancerCare’s main location in northwest Peoria, the new relationship was called “a […]

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Sacred Heart, Moline, breaks ground for Gathering Center, honors pastor’s jubilee

Breaking ground for the new Gathering Center at Sacred Heart Church in Moline on July 17 are (from left) Dave Coene, Sandy Madison, Andrew Dasso, Missy Gasiorowski, Peter Murray, Don Lewis, Jim Watson, Connie Morris, Jim Harl, Father Matthew Cole, parochial vicar, and Father Mark DeSutter, pastor. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — Remembering where they’ve been, rejoicing in where they are, and ready for what’s ahead, members of Sacred Heart Parish here broke ground for a Gathering Center last Sunday, July 17. The ceremonial turning of dirt followed a Mass of Thanksgiving for the formal start of construction for the new building and the 40th […]

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