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Bishop Tylka pays tribute to what late pope did, will continue to do for church

A large portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was placed in front of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria after the retired pope died Dec. 31. People who attended the Memorial Mass, celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka on Jan. 5, stopped after Mass to say a prayer and pay their respects. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

People around the world continued to storm heaven with prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, even after he was laid to rest in the grotto of St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 5. Among them were those who gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria with Bishop Louis Tylka for a Memorial Mass that evening. “Dear […]

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Weiss retiring as superintendent of schools, but says God isn’t done with her

In this file photo from 2012, Dr. Sharon Weiss, then principal of St. Patrick School in Washington, holds up the plaque designating St. Patrick as a National Blue Ribbon School. With her are Dr. Maureen Dowling of the U.S. Department of Education, and Msgr. John Prendergast, the pastor at that time. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Retirement will take some getting used to, but Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, is ready to give it a go. While she had been making plans to bring her four decades in Catholic education to an end within the next two years, health issues moved up her timeline. […]

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Family activities with O Antiphons bring focus back to Jesus as Christmas nears

There are a number of ways families can use Katie Bogner's illustrations of the O Antiphons. Here, they are cut out and can be colored to hang as ornaments on the tree. To find and download them, go to her blog, looktohimandberadiant.com and search for O Antiphons. (Provided graphic/Katie Bogner)

In the days to come families will be getting together for good food and good conversation. Catechist Katie Bogner said it wouldn’t take much to invite Jesus to the festivities and get to know him through the O Antiphons. “The O Antiphons pop to mind because they’re specifically prayed and celebrated in that last week […]

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Bishop Jenky celebrating 25 years as a bishop; rediscovering joy of community

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, holds the gift basket that was presented to him by Cursillo en Espanol at a Diocesan Ultreya in December 2018. A Santa Claus pillow could be seen clearly and he quipped that “I’m starting to look more like the jolly old fellow -- beard, belly and all.” Bishop Jenky was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, on Dec. 16, 1997. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

As Christmas neared 25 years ago, Bishop Emeritus Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, received a gift from Pope John Paul II, although he didn’t fully realize how great a gift it was at the time. On Dec. 16, 1997, he was ordained to serve as the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. […]

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Bishop Tylka visits Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silvis as patroness honored

Bishop Louis Tylka, as Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, removes the tilma from Juan Diego, played by Jeronimo Corral, that bears the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, so it can be venerated. Looking on is Deacon Aaron Hoste. In real life, the garment Juan Diego wore in 1531 is now displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SILVIS — Making his first visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church here on Dec. 10, Bishop Louis Tylka joined parishioners for a festive Mass and dinner honoring their patroness, whose feast day is Dec. 12. And who better to play the role of Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, to whom the Blessed Mother sent Juan […]

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Exhibit on eucharistic miracles feeding hunger people may not know they have

Kristen Kucner and daughters Lucia (asleep), Julia and Anna of Dunlap learn more about a eucharistic miracle from Poland, where the girls' grandfather is from. They visited the Vatican International Exhibition of "The Eucharistic Miracles of the World" on Nov. 19 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

When 9-year-old Anna Kucner learned the Vatican International Exhibition of “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World” was coming to the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria, she said to her mother, Kristen, “We’re going.” “I read a book called ‘Eucharistic Miracles’ and I thought the whole thing was so cool,” she told The Catholic Post while […]

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Pioneering aquaponics tower yields first harvest at Holy Cross School, Champaign

Seventh-grader Lara Rand holds the fruits -- or rather, lettuce -- of their labors in the the aquaponics lab at Holy Cross School in Champaign. The school is the first in the country to have this technology and plans to share what they have learned with others. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Lettuce might not be the top food choice for most seventh-graders, but most seventh-graders aren’t growing their own lettuce in an aquaponics lab like they are at Holy Cross School. The technology being piloted at the Champaign school uses a water-based, nutrient-rich solution to grow food instead of soil. The lab was dedicated […]

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St. John’s Chapel in Champaign, heart of Newman Center, getting some love

Father Robert Lampitt, head chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center, said this conceptual drawing shows the direction they are going with the renovation of St. John's Chapel at the University of Illinois in Champaign. "The colors might be adjusted a bit," he said. "We're going to get it right." Provided artwork

CHAMPAIGN — For more than 20 years, leaders at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center have dreamed of renovating and restoring St. John’s Chapel. Starting Dec. 19, work will begin to make that dream a reality. “We’ve worked really hard on all of our ministries, our pastoral efforts, to sharpen those and give them greater focus […]

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Evangelization is topic for first of five videos bringing ‘Growing Disciples’ to life

Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Adam Cesarek are seen talking about evangelization in a new video for the "Growing Disciples" process. The conversation was filmed at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia by Sam Mangieri of Fiat Films. (Provided photo/Sam Mangieri)

Evangelization isn’t as scary and difficult as people imagine and in a new video, Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Adam Cesarek talk about the beauty and simplicity of sharing what Jesus has done for us. Part of the “Growing Disciples” pastoral planning process, the video is designed to explore one of the five foundations on […]

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Diocesan Ultreya brings Cursillistas together for the first time in four years

Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as he receives a gift basket from the Cursillo en Espanol community from Evelio Aguilarat the Diocesan Ultreya on Nov. 5. Included were a flower and Mexican snacks and soft drinks.. Looking on are Deacon Gabriel Guerrero (left) and Deacon Rick Miller. (Provided photo/Greg Taylor)

After four years of being separated due to the pandemic, the Cursillo community reconnected in a big way on Nov. 5 with a Diocesan Ultreya at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Joining them for the first time was Bishop Louis Tylka, who celebrated the Mass. The celebration was hosted by Peoria Cursillo and drew members […]

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