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Bishop Tylka announces 2-year pastoral planning process, “Growing Disciples”

This is the logo for "Growing Disciples," a two-year pastoral planning process in the Diocese of Peoria announced on Aug. 3 by Bishop Louis Tylka.

With enthusiasm and an invitation for wide participation, Bishop Louis Tylka on Aug. 3 announced the Diocese of Peoria is embarking on a two-year pastoral planning process “to move further into the mission which Christ has given us: to go make disciples.” The initiative, called “Growing Disciples,” will assess the current network of parishes and […]

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Courage, resilience: Trip shows tenacity of Canada’s Indigenous and Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Chief Wilton Littlechild say farewell to each other July 29 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, as the pope prepares to return to the Vatican after a six-day visit. Littlechild, a 78-year-old lawyer, survivor of abuse in a residential school and former grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, had lobbied hard for the pope to visit Canada and apologize to residential school survivors. (CNS/Vatican Media)

By Cindy Wooden / Catholic News Service IQALUIT, Nunavut (CNS) — At the end of his six-day visit to Canada, Pope Francis, sitting in a wheelchair, said goodbye to Chief Wilton Littlechild, also sitting in a wheelchair. Littlechild, a 78-year-old lawyer, survivor of abuse in a residential school and former grand chief of the Confederacy […]

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Fall Scout Rendezvous to take place at London Mills the weekend of Sept. 16-18

Scouts and American Heritage Girls from around the diocese pose before carrying flags into St. Mary's Cathedral at the opening of this year's Scout Mass on Feb. 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Diocese of Peoria’s Catholic Committee on Scouting has scheduled its annual Fall Scout Rendezvous for the weekend of Sept. 16-18 at Ingersoll Scout Reservation in London Mills. The weekend of camping, games, and activities is designed for youth in the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls who have completed the […]

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Fr. Marchulones, 82, dies; longtime pastor in East Peoria, was principal of 3 schools

Father Kenneth Marchulones

A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Monica Church in East Peoria at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, for Father Kenneth Marchulones, who served as pastor of the East Peoria parish for 26 years and is a former principal of three Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria. Father Marchulones, who has […]

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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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