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Nearly 500 will graduate from Catholic high schools in the diocese this month

The 85 seniors of St. Bede Academy in Peru pose for a group photo before the school's 130th Commencement on Sunday, May 15. The six other Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria will host graduation Masses and exercises the following two weekends. (Provided photo/Katherine Koyak, St. Bede Academy)

Learning to love like Jesus is a lifelong pursuit, and members of the Class of 2022 should expect the unexpected and not be afraid to “jump into the unknown” when surprises interrupt their best-laid plans. That was just some of the advice given to 85 seniors by speakers at the 130th Commencement of St. Bede […]

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New ‘Fountain of Grace Grotto’ is created, blessed at Peoria Notre Dame

Father Corey Krengiel, chaplain at Peoria Notre Dame High School, sprinkles holy water in blessing the new Fountain of Grace Grotto, "a little home for Our Lady." The May 8 celebration included reconsecrating the school to Our Lady. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Peoria Notre Dame High School was once again set aside for God’s purposes as the school community celebrated the dedication and blessing of the new Fountain of Grace Grotto. The ceremony, which took place on May 8, included reconsecrating the school to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Father Corey Krengiel, chaplain, said that by consecrating […]

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Four seminarians will be ordained transitional deacons Saturday morning

The four seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria to be ordained transitional deacons on Saturday, May 21, are, from left, Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Nathan Hopper, Daniel Dionesotes, and Patrick Wille. (Composite photo/Office of Priestly Vocations)

Four seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria will take the next step toward the priesthood when they are ordained as transitional deacons on Saturday, May 21, 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, and the liturgy will be livestreamed on […]

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“Firestarter” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "Firestarter." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults.(CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service For all its pyrotechnic special effects, director Keith Thomas’ screen version of Stephen King’s sci-fi horror novel, previously adapted by Mark Lester in 1984, fails to ignite. Having inherited paranormal abilities from her parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon), who obtained their own gifts after being experimented on as college students, […]

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St. Gianna’s daughter planning to open spiritual pilgrimage center in Springfield

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., is pictured on April 29 with Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of Italian saint, St. Gianna Beretta Molla. (CNS/courtesy Diocese of Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNS) — Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, a pediatrician and daughter of Italian St. Gianna Beretta Molla, plans to open an international pilgrimage site and center in Springfield to help spread knowledge of and devotion to her parents and promote marriage and family life. “I learned from my saint mom and holy dad to […]

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Join Bishop Tylka on a vocation-themed pilgrimage to France Jan. 22-31, 2023

The Basilica of Ars -- which houses the tomb of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests -- is among the sites to be visited during a 10-day pilgrimage to France being planned in early 2023 by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations and led by Bishop Louis Tylka.

Bishop Louis Tylka and leaders of the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations will be spiritual directors for a 10-day pilgrimage to France being planned for Jan. 22-31, 2023. Joining Bishop Tylka in guiding the pilgrimage will be Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocations director of formation, and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, vocations director of recruitment. Organizers emphasize […]

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“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (Disney)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong star in a scene from the movie "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Marvel Studios)

By Catholic News Service The sequel to 2016’s “Doctor Strange” lives up to its name: a maddening, multidimensional, decidedly strange, if typically “Marvel”-ous movie based on the comic book series and directed by Sam Raimi. The neurosurgeon turned wizard (Benedict Cumberbatch) seeks to protect a young woman (Xochitl Gomez) who has the ability to travel […]

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Catholic school leaders honored for making a difference, ‘legacy of faith’

Lisa Gray, principal of Sts. Peter and Paul School, Nauvoo, receives a retirement gift from Bishop Louis Tylka at the end-of-the-year celebration hosted by the Office of Catholic Schools on May 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Meeting challenge after challenge presented by COVID-19 for the last two years has left many principals and pastors of Catholic schools tired. At a Mass marking the end of the school year, however, Bishop Louis Tylka let them know their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. “You are a gift to us, to our schools, to our […]

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PDCCW honors, thanks 44 faith-filled women for volunteer service to the Lord

The women being honored for their service to the Diocese of Peoria gather around Bishop Louis Tylka for a photo after the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's Volunteer Appreciation Mass on April 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral. They would be recognized individually at the luncheon that followed. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, a faithful woman who “raised her eyes” and saw the people in need around her, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women honored 45 faith-filled women who looked at the need in their parishes and communities and also served the Lord and his […]

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Men’s March was brief, but its lessons lifelong for ‘beloved sons of the Father’

Nearly 200 men and boys taking part in "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith" leave the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria for a short walk to St. Mary's Cathedral for Mass. The threat of thunderstorms forced the pre-march rally indoors this year and shortened the usual one-mile walk through downtown that normally begins on the banks of the Illinois River. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before the briefest of marches on April 30, about 200 men were given a truth to remember throughout life’s long journey: their true identity as “baptized, beloved and blessed” sons of God the Father. “I think men today are largely confused and discouraged about their place and their role,” said Father Charles Klamut, pastor of […]

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