New superintendent brings love of collaboration, learning to schools

Dr. Susan Miller(striped shirt far right), the new superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Peoria, stands with students from the Waterbury (Connecticut) Arts Magnet School 530 Club. Sixty-two percent of these students achieved a 530 or higher on the math portion of the SAT with her help. She anticipates moving to central Illinois and starting her work with diocesan schools in mid-July. (Provided photo)

Dr. Susan Miller loves education and the joy that comes with learning. She especially loves to see those “aha” moments when her students grasp a key concept or make new connections. Starting this summer, she will have an opportunity to discover that on nearly 9,400 faces as the new superintendent of the Diocese of Peoria’s […]

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New director of development ‘all in’ on bishop’s vision, mission of Peoria Diocese

Dan Onderko has been named the director of development for the Diocese of Peoria. He has been married to his wife, Rhapsody, for 15 years and they will bring their family to Peoria this summer. Their children are (from left) Max Kolbe, Dominic, Maria (being held by Dan), John and Michaela. (Provided photo)

Dan Onderko has many reasons for being excited about his new role as director of development for the Diocese of Peoria. But one holds a special claim on his heart. “When I first started researching Peoria, I learned about the Five Foundations — vocations, the Eucharist, evangelization, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and discipleship — and that […]

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Msgr. Jason Gray named executive director of the Sheen Foundation

Msgr. Jason Gray visits with Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, vice postulator for the cause for beatification and canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. They are in the Fulton J. Sheen Museum, which is housed in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Msgr. Gray is the new executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Msgr. Jason Gray has no doubt that Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen will be beatified at the appropriate time. As the new executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, he is happy to do his part by raising awareness about the El Paso native’s cause for beatification and canonization, as well as promoting devotion […]

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‘Exorcism’: Powerful, well-reasoned read on why we should choose good over evil

Reviewed by Nancy Piccione When I mentioned to my editor that I was considering reviewing a book on exorcism, she said it would be timely because there’s a new film out that’s related. It’s called “The Pope’s Exorcist,” and the movie is (very) loosely based on the life of exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, an exorcist […]

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PDCCW now offering individual memberships

Council Comments l April Adams As chair of the Evangelization Commission, I am excited to announce that the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is extending our PDCCW membership to all women of the Peoria Diocese. For years we have been known for our affiliate membership of women’s organizations, and we still offer these organizational […]

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Do you believe you are the type of person who evangelizes? If not, why not?

Father Timothy Hepner

Living the Word l Father Timothy Hepner Sixth Sunday of Easter l May 14 Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,16,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 Sadly, I will miss Immaculate Conception School’s production of the musical “Frozen” this year, since I am away for ongoing formation. I was looking forward to it because our school musicals are […]

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Sheen birthday broadcast carries on despite power outage at pastoral center

Bishop Louis Tylka is interviewed by Covenant Radio host Adam Wright, who broadcast live from the Fulton J. Sheen Museum May 8 in honor of Venerable Fulton Sheen's birthday. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen would have been right at home on Monday, May 8, when an hour of live radio was broadcast in honor of his birthday from the Fulton J. Sheen Museum in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. A little drama transpired the night before when a storm knocked […]

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Bishop Tylka will ordain three transitional deacons May 20

The seminarians who will be ordained transitional deacons on May 20 are (from left) Jacob Martini, Johnathan "Jack" Swoik and Nicholas Conner. (Composite photo/Office of Priestly Vocations)

Three seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria will move one step closer to the priesthood when they are ordained as transitional deacons on Saturday, May 20, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by Bishop Louis Tylka. The public is invited, but seating is expected to be limited. […]

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Diocese will gain four priests on May 27

This composite photo, courtesy of the Diocese of Peoria’s Office of Priestly Vocations, shows the four seminarians who will be ordained May 27: Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Nathan Hopper, Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, and Deacon Patrick Wille.

Bishop Louis Tylka will ordain four men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ordinands are Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, Deacon Nathan Hopper and Deacon Patrick Wille. They will offer their first blessings […]

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