Diocesan, national councils offer many ways for women’s groups to engage

Council Comments l Kim Padan Hello Sisters in Christ! With a new calendar year underway, many parish women’s groups are looking for ideas to grow their ministry. The National Council of Catholic Women, along with our own Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, have numerous resources for service projects and prayer for individuals and groups. […]

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How are we being called to follow Jesus more closely as this new year begins?

Carla Oliver

Living the Word l Carla Oliver Third Sunday in Ordinary Time l Jan. 22 Isaiah 8:23 — 9:3; Psalm 27:1,4,13-14; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17; Matthew 4:12-23 This time of year we are all most likely in similar situations. We have put away the bright and cheery Christmas decor that fills our home with great warmth, cherished […]

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SEEK23 sets prayerful tone, empowers young adults from diocese for new year

Participants kneel in prayer and praise during SEEK23, sponsored Jan. 2-6 by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. (Provided photo/FOCUS)

“It was an incredible, powerful week.” “I felt God’s presence in the Eucharist in a way I never had before.” “I had never experienced anything like it.” Those were just some of the reactions of university students in the Diocese of Peoria to being part of SEEK23, a five-day conference in St. Louis that invited […]

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Looking ahead by looking back at ‘bests’

My Vocation is Love l Lindsey Weishar I’ve begun this article to the swish and whisper of blowing snow. It is officially winter, and this grey day invites contemplation, a chance to rest. Recently, a friend shared an article from The Catholic World Report titled “The Best Books I Read in 2022.” Published annually, this […]

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Funeral held for Sister Joanne Feist, 88; Bloomington native taught for 46 years

Sister Joann Feist, OP

SINSINAWA, Wis. — A funeral Mass was offered Dec. 17 for Sister Joann (Antonia) Feist, OP, at the motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominicans here. A natural burial took place on Dec. 8 in the Motherhouse Cemetery. Sister Joann died Dec. 6, 2022, at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. She was 88. Born in […]

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What can we do to see as wise men saw?

Living the Word l Tim Irwin Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord l Jan. 8 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 When my 3-year-old grandson, Nicholas, first saw the statues of the three wise men, he asked his mother, “Are those papas bringing prizes?” In a word, yes. The website Healthline reports on […]

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