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New school year brings excitement to Peru Catholic, brief delay in Quad Cities

Welcoming students back to Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17 is principal Julie Schmitt, who holds the door for Ainsley and Brynn Grilc. Enrollment remains steady at 166 students this year, she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Some tears were shed as 3- and 4-year-old preschool pupils said goodbye to their parents and faced their first day at Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17, but it wasn’t long before backpacks were unpacked and everyone was celebrating being with friends old and new. The scene is being repeated at the 42 […]

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“A place of hope” — Construction site for OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute blessed

Members of The Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis -- as well as Sister M. Mikela Meidl, FSGM, second from right, executive vice president of OSF HealthCare -- take a turn at ceremonial shoveling during groundbreaking activities Aug. 17 at the Peoria construction site of the new OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The groundbreaking for the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute in Peoria was called “a milestone day” and “the beginning of a new era” in the treatment of the disease in central Illinois, but one speaker during ceremonies Aug. 17 began by sharing a “little secret” about the $237 million project. “I think they’ve already started to […]

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Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, 85, dies; Minonk native served in diocese 38 years

Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM

(UPDATED AUG. 18, 2021) OLDENBURG, Indiana — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Holy Family Church here for Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, who served as pastor of five parishes in the Diocese of Peoria, including from 2001 to 2014 at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills. Father […]

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Church assesses damage from major earthquake in Haiti; how you can help

The destroyed Immaculate Conception Church is pictured in Les Anglais, Haiti, on Aug. 14 after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. At least 18 people were reported killed in the church. (CNS/courtesy AVSI)

By  Catholic News Service LES CAYES, Haiti (CNS) — The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti collapsed the bishop’s residence in Les Cayes, killing one priest, leaving one missing and injuring Cardinal Chibly Langlois. Father Emile Beldor died of his injuries after the Aug. 14 quake. Father Jean-Antoine Coulanges is reported missing. Cardinal Langlois sustained […]

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Pope prays for peace in Afghanistan as Taliban takes control

Taliban fighters stand outside the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 16. During his Angelus address Aug. 15, Pope Francis expressed his concern for Afghanistan amid the Taliban's control of the country. (CNS/Reuters)

By Junno Arocho Esteves / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hours before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Pope Francis expressed his hope for the peace and safety of the country’s citizens. “I join in the unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan. I ask all of you to pray with […]

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“Respect” (MGM/United Artists)

Hailey Kilgore, Jennifer Hudson and Saycon Sengbloh star in a scene from the movie "Respect." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Quantrell D. Colbert, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Engaging profile of singer, songwriter, musician and activist Aretha Franklin (Jennifer Hudson), the “Queen of Soul,” traces her life from a childhood (during which she’s played by Skye Dakota Turner) marked by sexual abuse and the untimely death of her mother (Audra McDonald) through the frustrations of her early career and […]

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Mask mandate compliance brings mixed emotions as school prepare to reopen

The 42 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria will follow Gov. JB Pritzker's mandate for universal masking in all schools in Illinois, from pre-kindergarten through high school, according to a statement released Aug. 4 by Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent. (Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

With Gov. JB Pritzker’s Aug. 4 announcement that students, teachers and visitors in all schools and day cares in Illinois would be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, has come mixed emotions for parents enrolling their children in the 42 Catholic elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Peoria. That includes disappointment […]

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Bishop Tylka fields a wide range of questions from Emmaus Days participants

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka fields questions from Emmaus Days Session IV participants at Peoria Notre Dame High School. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

God-willing, there were future priests in Sessions III and IV of Emmaus Days in July. But during their respective question-and-answer sessions with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in Peoria Notre Dame’s Livingston Auditorium, they sure sounded like future journalists. Participants peppered Bishop Tylka with about 25 questions in each 40-minute session. They ranged from the basic […]

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Emmaus Days watered the vocation seeds within 106 participants this summer

A water bottle bearing the Emmaus Days prayer is in the foreground during an outdoor discussion at one of two sessions earlier this summer at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Two other sessions were held in July at Peoria Notre Dame High School. (Provided photo)

“Everyone is given a seed of a vocation in their life by God,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, and during four Emmaus Days retreats this summer more than 100 boys and young men took time away to consider what might be planted in their own hearts. “That vocation may be to the priesthood for some […]

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