St. Patrick School, Washington — a winner in more ways than one

The grade seven girls track and field team from St. Patrick School, Washington, pose with their coaches and their first place trophy. From left to right: coach and co-athletic director Kathy Werstein, coach Nick Chiras, Sadie Gorsage, Kate McDougall, Ella Reed, Maya Anthony, coach Kristy Gorsage and coach Zach Gorsage.

WASHINGTON — St. Patrick Grade School, Washington is “a force to be reckoned with,” commented principal Cassi Smith, after an incredible year of sports victories and accomplishments. With an enrollment of only 187 students from Pre-K through grade eight, the school set several records during the 2023 — 2024 school year. Co-athletic director (along with […]

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Priest birthdays (revised): May 30 to July 15

Fireworks are not the only things that will be lighting up the sky in the days to come. Birthday cakes will also be sporting candles for 18 priests ministering in the Diocese of Peoria. Many happy returns to: Father Nicodemus Muithi (May 30); Father David Whiteside (May 31); Father Deogratias Mpewo (June 3); Father Paul […]

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Celebrating 60th anniversary priestly jubilarians May 31

Continuing with the jubilarian recognitions that began with Bishop Jenky’s 50th anniversary of ordination on April 6, May 31 marks 60 years of priesthood for Father Dale Wellman, and Father Patrick Collins. Please note: significant content in these profiles is borrowed from 50th anniversary jubilarian profiles of Msgr. Wellman and Father Collins published in The […]

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Four new priests for Peoria Diocese

The traditional post-ordination photo featured the four newly-ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria on the balcony of the Bishop’s Residence on May 25, 2024 with those who have had responsibility for overseeing their vocational formation. From left, Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, vocation director of recruitment; Father Nick Conner; Father Jack Swoik; Msgr. Halfacre, vicar general; Bishop Louis Tylka; Father Jacob Martini; Father Justin Ramza; and Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

Four new priests were ordained for the Diocese of Peoria at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 28. They are Father Nick Conner, 28; Father Jacob Martini, 27; Father Justin Ramza, 57; and Father Jack Swoik, 26. As Bishop Tylka said in his homily, it was “a great day for the Church . . . as […]

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Celebrating 25th anniversary priestly jubiliarians May 29

Continuing with the Diocese of Peoria’s annual jubiliarian recognitions, May 29 marks 25 years of priesthood for Father Charles Klamut, and Father Robert Rayson. Father Charles Klamut The call to priesthood is unique for each. For Father Charles Klamut, his calling came while reading “Les Miserables” the summer before his junior year of college. His […]

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Diocese of Peoria clergy appointments Jan. — May, 2024

These appointments are effective at noon on Monday, July 1, 2024 Priests take Senior Status Monsignor Thomas Mack, from pastor emeritus, Immaculate Conception, Monmouth and St. Patrick, Raritan, to senior status.  Father Michael Menner, from pastor, St. Lawrence, Penfield and St. Charles Borromeo, Homer, to senior status. ——————————————————————————————————————————- These appointments are effective at noon on Monday, […]

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Transitional deacons ordained: joyful witnesses to Christ

Newly-ordained Deacon Francis Strong is assisted in the vesting of his dalmatic (deacon’s robe) by Father Paul Carlson, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Oglesby at the transitional diaconate ordination May 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

“God knows, we need you.” That was the core message delivered by Bishop Louis Tylka to the three new transitional deacons — and by extension to everyone in the diocese — at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 18. In his homily at the ordination Mass for transitional deacons Ben Schoonmaker, Francis Strong and Jack Watt, […]

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Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, celebrates 60th anniversary

Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, major superior to the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, processes from the OSF motherhouse chapel at the conclusion of the Mass for her 60th anniversary jubilee celebration. Behind her is Sister Agnes Joseph, OSF, assistant major superior, and following to her right is Father Patrick Henehan, pastor of St. Jude Parish, Peoria, and diocesan vocation director of formation. To her left is Father Timothy Hepner, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Monmouth. Photo: Mary Louise Moore

EAST PEORIA — “Sister Judith Ann is a good sister who has embodied the gospel.” These were the words spoken about Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, by Bishop Louis Tylka, diocese of Peoria, during the Mass celebrating her 60th anniversary as a Sister of the Third Order of St. Francis. The Mass and jubilee celebration […]

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