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Grand Ridge woman adds state leadership post to her long list of service to church

One of Nympha White's favorite projects has been Box of Joy, a mnistry of Cross Catholic Outreach. This photo was taken as she was packing boxes with items donated for children in need last fall with the help of Laurel Stein of St. Mark Parish in Peoria and her daughters (from left) Anna, Clare, Elizabeth and Maggie. White is the new director of the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GRAND RIDGE — For the next two years, the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women will be in the hands of a woman who is brimming with energy and doesn’t like to waste time. “Even when I’m watching TV, my hands are busy,” said Nympha White of Grand Ridge, who was installed […]

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Four new principals begin roles at Catholic schools in challenging year

Four Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria welcomed new principals over the summer who bring with them many years of experience, a willingness to change course and adapt quickly as COVID-19 conditions have changed, and a dedication to Catholic education. They are Jim Caparula at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline, […]

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Peru pastor Msgr. Richard Soseman offers radio listeners a weekly ‘JMJ Moment’

Msgr. Richard Soseman is pictured in the studios of WLPO 103.9 FM, where he records "JMJ Moment." (Provided photo)

PERU — Msgr. Richard Soseman has never been afraid to use the media of the day to reach out to people with messages of faith. That has included everything from texts and instant messaging to Facebook and the printed word. Now he’s adding radio to the list, and he’s doing it with help from Venerable […]

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Positive COVID-19 cases at schools not surprising; plans continuously updated

School Masses are celebrated on Fridays at St. Patrick in Washington. To keep the appropriate social distancing, only three classes can be in the church at a time. The liturgy is livestreamed to the rest of the students in their classrooms through Google Meet. (Provided photo)

Students and teachers aren’t the only things that can be found in Catholic schools this year. As with their public school counterparts, Catholic elementary schools and secondary schools in central Illinois have seen COVID-19 tag along. While this can be disconcerting it wasn’t unexpected, according to school officials. “We’re very aware of the fact that […]

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Bishop Tylka urges reliance on Holy Spirit during Mass at Peoria Notre Dame

In his homily at Peoria Notre Dame High School, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka told the students that to live a life in the Holy Spirit means "to live a life that is not just about me, not just for ourselves, but to live a life for the Lord, for the Gospel, for the kingdom of heaven." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Many firsts accompany the beginning of a new academic year and at Peoria Notre Dame High School that included a visit from Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka on Sept. 1. Not only was it his first official visit to a Catholic school in Diocese of Peoria, but it was the first school Mass there since the […]

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Fr. Otto’s ‘Two Minutes About’ videos are joyfully connecting life, faith for many

"Two Minutes About" with Father Tom Otto, parochial vicar for the LaSalle Catholic Community, reached 100 episodes on Aug. 16.

LASALLE — Two minutes doesn’t seem like enough time to accomplish much of anything. For Father Tom Otto, however, it’s more than enough time to make a connection with God and faith and have fun doing it. Those insights are part of a series on Facebook called “Two Minutes About.” Father Otto, parochial vicar for […]

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‘Welcome back!’ — Catholic schools open in diocese for first time since mid-March

Levi Bounds and his classmates in Natalie Perry's third grade at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington may be wearing masks and maintaining social distance from one another, but starting the day with prayer is a normal thing for a Catholic school to do. The first day at Corpus Christi was Aug. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Adrienne Wilson bounded out the front doors of Corpus Christi School on Aug. 19 and waved to the families in every car lined up in the circular drive with an enthusiastic “Welcome back to school!” With the exception of a kindergarten student or two, who weren’t sure they wanted to leave Mom and […]

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100 years ‘just a number’ to long-serving Fourth Degree Knight Michael Faley

Louis Kanowsky, grand knight of Spalding Council No. 427 of the Knights of Columbus, presents a resolution passed at the state convention to Michael Faley that honors him for being a member of the fraternal organization for 77 years. The council named a meeting room in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Peoria for Mr. Faley, who turns 100 on Sept. 4. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Michael Faley says there are three secrets to a long life: keep all your doctor’s appointments, get plenty of rest, and try not to worry too much. It must work. The Peoria man will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sept. 4. “One hundred years is just a number,” Mr. Faley said with a smile. Pandemic […]

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‘Welcome Tour’ takes Bishop Tylka to Galesburg, Macomb vicariates Aug. 15-16

After celebrating Mass for the Macomb Vicariate at St. Paul Church in Macomb on Aug. 16, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka went outside to greet the people who drove by the church doors to receive Communion. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Parish communities in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria got their chance to greet Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka as he continued his “Welcome Tour” over the weekend. Not only did he find faith and friendship, but he was also treated to meals with his priests and parishioners who were happy for the opportunity […]

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