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Matt Faley is named Diocese of Peoria’s new — and first — chief of mission

As the Diocese of Peoria's chief of mission, Matt Faley (pictured) will work with Bishop Louis Tylka "to make sure the mission of Jesus is integrated in all that we do in the Curia (diocesan offices) and that it is communicated to our pastoral leaders and laity across the diocese." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Matt Faley started his dream job on Sept. 12. He has been named chief of mission for the Diocese of Peoria. “If I could create a job description for me and for the gifts that God’s asking me to use, this would be it,” Faley said as he was getting settled in to his office […]

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Catechists recognized in Bloomington, around diocese, for passing on the faith

Gathered in their prayer circle, Scarlet Dennis and Brooklynn Nolan learn about the importance of their souls and how to feed them from catechist Jean Deal as part of the religious education program at Holy Trinity in Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Each Wednesday night, there is a buzz on the second floor of the St. Vincent de Paul Building at Holy Trinity Church. In this case, the nourishment is being provided to young souls who are learning more about Jesus and the love of God. They are among more than 5,600 religious education students […]

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St. Bede students learn more about Mass, receive training as liturgical leaders

Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, is surrounded by the St. Bede Academy students who attended the "One Bread, One Cup" conference at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. They are (from left) Kaden Nauman, Abraham Wiesbrock, Bella Hagenbuch, Aubrey Siebert, Lacey Griggs and Elizabeth Vanko.Joining them for the week was Ryder Schell. (Provided photo)

PERU — Each summer for the last 13 years, a handful of students from St. Bede Academy have traveled to St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana to learn more about the Mass and how they can be liturgical leaders in their own community. Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain, said he continues to […]

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‘Joy for everyone’ as Sr. Mary Clare Key, DSF, professes her final vows in Lacon

Bishop Louis Tylka offers a blessing to Sister Mary Clare Key, DSF, after the Samoa native professed her final vows with the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi at the American Region’s motherhouse in Lacon on Aug. 15. Provided photo

LACON — On the day she made her First Communion, Sister Mary Clare Key, DSF, felt so connected to Jesus that she wanted to take him home with her. The priest made sure she consumed the Body of Christ then and there, but the desire to be close to the Lord continued. On Aug. 15, […]

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Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, consecrated as the ninth Abbot of St. Bede Abbey, Peru

As Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, kneels before him, Bishop Robert J. Lombardo, CFR, offers a prayer of blessing. The Abbatial Blessing was celebrated at a Mass in St. Bede Abbey Church on Sept. 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Saying that he would rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal in time how he could best serve the Benedictine community at St. Bede Abbey, newly consecrated Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, gave thanks for the gift of stable and consistent leadership the monks have enjoyed over the years. “I have been blessed with […]

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Hundreds expected Oct. 8 for eucharistic procession that ‘bridges’ the Quad Cities

Hundreds of Catholics from both Illinois and Iowa are expected to take part in the Emmaus Procession with the Blessed Sacrament that will cross the Centennial Bridge (pictured) between Davenport and Rock Island during a 5-mile walk on Oct. 8. (Photo from Wikimedia.org/By Farragutful - Own work)

Only two disciples had the blessing of walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, but everyone is welcome to accompany the Lord, present in the Eucharist, as part of an Emmaus Procession through the Quad Cities on Saturday, Oct. 8. It will begin with Mass at 8 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 422 E. […]

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Before classes begin, teachers focus on their relationship with Jesus at retreats

Father Patrick Henehan, pastor of St. Jude Parish and School in Peoria, and Father Daniel McShane, parochial vicar lead Benediction after a Holy Hour at the teachers retreat for schools in Peoria and surrounding communities at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia Aug. 12. (Provided photo)

Teachers aren’t just teachers anymore. They’re often asked to serve as social workers, law enforcement and parents, too, according to Mary Cushing of St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights. “They’re basically being asked to do the impossible through the circumstances of our world right now,” she said, quoting Dr. Ray Guarendi, a Catholic […]

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Retired architect Jim Matarelli using his art to expand pro-life conversation

Jim Matarelli of Peoria holds his first painting, which expands the discussion about what might be considered pro-life issues. He has also addressed prison reform, the Eucharist, and Jesus' exhortation to "Be Not Afraid." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While he could draw a little, retired architect Jim Matarelli of Peoria didn’t pick up a paint brush until two years ago. What has poured out of his heart and onto canvas is a lifetime of experience applied to Catholic social teaching and a desire to expand the conversation about a variety of issues. Among […]

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Excitement, joy as Catholic schools open, including Marquette Academy in Ottawa

Principal Brooke Rick shepherds Liam Gretencord, fourth grade, and Ariana Miller, second grade, as they arrive for the first day of school at Marquette Academy in Ottawa on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

OTTAWA — Students returning to classes at Marquette Academy this week packed more than school supplies and classroom supplies for the first day of school. They also brought heaping doses of joy and excitement that were matched by teachers, aides and their pastor, Msgr. Mark Merdian, and principal, Brooke Rick, who waited to greet them. […]

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New academic year brings 11 new leaders to Catholic schools around the diocese

The new leaders of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria include (front row, from left) Trevor Knipe, administrator at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Nauvoo; Jeanette Holmes, principal, St. Thomas School in Philo; Dr. Susie Cicciarelli, interim principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School; Melissa Scholl, principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton; and Victoria McCollum, principal at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline, and (back row, from left) Grant McInnis, chief operating officer at Peoria Notre Dame; Julie Hampton Purl, lead teacher at Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Sarah Hogan, principal at St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria; Chris McGraw, principal at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington, and Ron Kiesewetter, principal at St. Mary School, Metamora. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

A new academic year is bringing new leadership to 10 Catholic schools within the Diocese of Peoria. That includes some creative approaches to staffing and strengthening the head office at two diocesan high schools. The new principals are Jeanette Holmes at St. Thomas School, Philo; Sarah Hogan at St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria; Ron […]

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