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Jubilarian priests thanked for service, called ‘a great gift to our church’

Father David Whiteside sings "Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven" during the opening procession at the annual Jubilarian Mass on June 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The pastor of faith communities in Havana, Lewistown and Manito, he is celebrating his 25th anniversary of ordination in 2022. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Nearly 50 diocesan and religious order priests were honored for milestone anniversaries of ordination at the annual Jubilarian Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on June 23. The principal celebrant was Bishop Louis Tylka, who thanked them for their priestly service. “What a great gift they have been to our church as they have […]

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Pontiac parishioners take faith to the world during Corpus Christi procession

Father Adam Cesarek, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Pontiac, carries a monstrace containing the Blessed Sacrament through the city's town square during a Corpus Christi procession on June 19. It is estimated that as many as 250 people walked or rode golf carts and a trolley to take part in the celebration. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PONTIAC – In talking about the tangible parts of the Catholic faith, Father Adam Cesarek told his parishioners at St. Mary Church on Sunday that the Eucharist is the greatest gift God has given to us and makes us one with him. “It doesn’t get more real than that,” he said in his homily for […]

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Consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary unites Spanish-speaking of Peoria

Father William Miller, pastor, walks in the front of the procession from St. Joseph Church in Peoria as members of the Heart of Peoria Hispanic community travel to the Marian shrine to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Carrying the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Felipe Tepoz. Following with an offering of flowers is Teresita Moran. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It is natural to grieve when someone you love moves away, so Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community leaned on their devotion to the Blessed Mother and her Son as they prepared to say goodbye to Father Julio Faes, parochial vicar. His new assignment would take him to Champaign on June 15, […]

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Bishop Tylka shares diocese’s early plans for the National Eucharistic Revival

The Eucharist rests on a paten. On June 19, the feast of Corpus Christi, archdioceses and dioceses across the U.S. will hold eucharistic processions to launch the U.S. bishops' three-year National Eucharistic Revival. (CNS/Chaz Muth)

Starting with eucharistic processions this weekend for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi, Catholics across the Diocese of Peoria and the United States are being invited to deepen their relationship with Jesus as part of the National Eucharistic Revival. The U.S. bishops approved plans for […]

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Fr. Luke Spannagel is one of 58 National Eucharistic Preachers for 3-year revival

Father Luke Spannagel elevates the Host during a recent Mass. The priest of the Diocese of Peoria is among 58 National Eucharistic Preachers commissioned "to enkindle the flame of eucharistic faith and devotion in the United States" as part of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival. (Provided photo)

Father Luke Spannagel would have been very content to remain at St. Mary and Sacred Heart parishes in Rock Island, but he got an offer he couldn’t refuse — and neither could Bishop Louis Tylka. Father Spannagel was invited to join the team of 58 National Eucharistic Preachers who have been commissioned “to enkindle the […]

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New Catholics joyful, ‘closer to God’ as they join Bishop Tylka for Pentecost Mass

Pat Corrigan, who was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil at Holy Cross in Mendota, accepted Bishop Louis Tylka's invitation to attend the Mass for New Catholics on Pentecost Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. She loves being Catholic and said, "I think I found more peace, more comfort. I feel more loved." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Pentecost Sunday was special for Pat Corrigan of Mendota in more than one way. Not only did it mark the “birthday of the church,” but it gave her an opportunity to celebrate being received into that church at the Easter Vigil. Corrigan, who attends Sts. Peter and Paul in Peterstown, was one of many new […]

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Fr. Anderson, marking 60th anniversary on June 3, says ‘It’s been a good life’

Father Joseph Anderson

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Father Joseph Anderson likes to look up. He’s not necessarily seeking heavenly guidance — although there are those moments — but studying the sky. “I got to know astronomy when I first came here to Green Valley,” he told The Catholic Post. “It’s been very helpful to appreciate the universe in […]

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After 60 years of priestly ministry, Msgr. Pricco continues to bless and feel blessed

One of the ways Msgr. Richard Pricco expresses his creativity is through this train village, which takes up the entire attic of his LaSalle home. It features Pricco's General Store and Annie's Cafe, named for his mother. His photo can be seen in the window of one of the buildings. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LASALLE — Msgr. Richard Pricco makes it a point to wave to people as he walks his dog each morning. He’s not just being polite. “The wave is a ‘God bless you!’ I don’t care if they wave back. I’m blessing them,” he said. “And who knows what that blessing does to them that day?” […]

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Author offers advice for new graduates, others on building ‘faithful careers’

To help him integrate his faith into his work as professor and associate director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University, Dr. Peter Smudde has a crucifix and religious emblems in his workspace. He said they are also good discussion starters with the students. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — As students graduate from college, degrees in hand and hopes for a bright future in their heart, it is essential to take more than knowledge, skills and experience into the search for a job, said Dr. Peter Smudde, professor and associate director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University. “The time […]

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Seeds planted by his parents bear fruit for 25 years for Fr. John Bosco Mujuni

Father John Bosco Mujuni, who will celebrate his 25th anniversary of ordination on Aug. 17, is pastor of Immaculate Conception, Lacon, and St. John XXIII, Henry. (Provided photo)

LACON — When he was 8, Father John Bosco Mujuni became an altar server. While he was at Mass one day, his father pointed to the priests and said, “I would like you to be like these priests.” “The wish of my father and my active involvement as an altar boy and being involved in […]

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