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Joan Sheen Cunningham dies; key figure in Archbishop Sheen’s life, sainthood cause

Joan Sheen Cunningham, niece of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, poses next to a portrait of her uncle in this 2004 file photo. Mrs. Cunningham died in Peoria on Aug. 12, 2022, at the age of 95. (CNS/Chris Sheridan)

BARTONVILLE — Joan Sheen Cunningham, a niece of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and a key figure in his life and sainthood cause, was remembered at her funeral Mass on Aug. 16 as “a determined and very strong woman of faith.” “Joan was a witness, a disciple, a teacher, a strong and good lady,” […]

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Peoria Cursillo-TEC center blessed and opened at Holy Family Convent site

In the palanca chapel of the new Peoria Cursillo-TEC Center during an open house on Aug. 8, Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, assistant spiritual director of Peoria Cursillo, leads applause for Tim Petz, who coordinated a volunteer effort to prepare the former Holy Family Convent in Peoria for its new use. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“This is our new home.” With those words, a few prayers, and generous sprinkles of holy water, Msgr. Gerald Ward blessed the new location for Peoria Cursillo and Teens Encounter Christ offices, palanca/wheat chapel, and team formation rooms. “This is a place where we will proclaim the Kingdom of God in many ways in our […]

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A grateful editor at career’s sunset

Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post for 32 years and on staff since 1979, has announced plans to retire this fall. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a few occasions in the course of my 43-plus years on the staff of The Catholic Post, I’ve gotten personal in this space. When a local Catholic cemetery reserved an area for the remains of infants lost to miscarriage, I shared the pain of two such experiences in my marriage. As the world was […]

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New academic year brings 11 new leaders to Catholic schools around the diocese

The new leaders of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria include (front row, from left) Trevor Knipe, administrator at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Nauvoo; Jeanette Holmes, principal, St. Thomas School in Philo; Dr. Susie Cicciarelli, interim principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School; Melissa Scholl, principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton; and Victoria McCollum, principal at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline, and (back row, from left) Grant McInnis, chief operating officer at Peoria Notre Dame; Julie Hampton Purl, lead teacher at Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Sarah Hogan, principal at St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria; Chris McGraw, principal at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, and Ron Kiesewetter, principal at St. Mary School, Metamora. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

A new academic year is bringing new leadership to 10 Catholic schools within the Diocese of Peoria. That includes some creative approaches to staffing and strengthening the head office at two diocesan high schools. The new principals are Jeanette Holmes at St. Thomas School, Philo; Sarah Hogan at St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria; Ron […]

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Bittersweet farewell, exciting future as St. Jude in Peoria to build new church

After two weeks of asbestos abatement, hand demolition and preparation of the site, an excavator started taking down St. Jude Church in Peoria on Aug. 16. Construction of the new church is expected to take 14 months. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a day that was tinged with sadness yet filled with thanksgiving, parishioners at St. Jude Church in Peoria came to the altar on July 31 for one last Mass in what had been their spiritual home for nearly 50 years. Then they started to strip the church of its altar, tabernacle, ambo, Stations of […]

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Lindsey Weishar: Preparing room to hear His voice during transitions of August

My Vocation is Love / By Lindsey Weishar For many, especially those in school or living with someone in school, August is a month of transitions. In this last month of scorching summer temperatures (hopefully!), there’s a freshness, an orientation toward the new — new school supplies, new routine, new faces in one’s classes. August […]

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Paul Moore: Here’s to longer lines at the confessional, sins lost, forgiveness found

A sign on a door adjacent to Care Net Pregnancy Center in Monroe, Wisconsin.

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore This column is meant most particularly for all of us who have participated in the sacrament of reconciliation — whether regularly (weekly or monthly), on special occasions (Christmas or Easter), or even for whom the last time may have been at confirmation. People describe many things as […]

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Follow Christ, and lead others to Him

Kim Padan

Living the Word / Kim Padan Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 14 Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2,3,4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 Looking at the readings for this weekend, I am reminded of how difficult it can be to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but also how comforted I am to know He makes firm my steps. […]

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“From the Dust of the Earth” is a powerful addition to the evolution conversation

Dr. Matthew Ramage's book "is a timely and needed work in the quest to explain human origins in light of Faith and science."

Reviewed for The Catholic Post by Matthew Vander Vennet Many Christians today bristle when someone mentions the word “evolution.” This reaction has become unfortunately too common. As Catholics, we do not need to shy away from the conversation and debate regarding evolution and the Faith. Dr. Matthew Ramage’s recently released book from The Catholic University […]

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Beyond ‘a good conference,’ Charismatic Renewal event was transformational

Dr. Carol Razza, one of the keynote speakers for the 36th annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 30, talks about the theme, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," as the conference image looks over her shoulder. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Leaving the 36th annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 30 and thinking, “That was a good conference,” wasn’t good enough for Dr. Carol Razza. “No. We say to each other, ‘I’ve been transformed. I’ve been changed. I believe the Lord has a purpose and a plan for my life. I can’t sit idle anymore,’” […]

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