Art teacher turns priest’s vision into a big reality at St. Mary School, Pontiac

Students, faculty and parishioners of St. Mary in Pontiac look on as Father David Sabel offers prayers of blessing for the new image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that now graces the front of St. Mary School. (Provided photo/Danielle Gill)

PONTIAC — The fruits of prayer come in many different forms, in all shapes and sizes. The painting of Our Lady of Perpetual Help that now graces the front of St. Mary School here is a testament to that. The idea for the painting came to Father David Sabel during a Holy Hour last spring, […]

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Special song prepared at Geneseo school for Priests Pedaling for Prayers

Father Adam Cesarek gives high-fives to the students at St. Malachy School in Geneseo as the Priests Pedaling for Prayers head to Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee Sept. 30. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GENESEO — To prepare for a visit from the Priests Pedaling for Prayers and their companions, students at St. Malachy School learned a song written by music teacher Elizabeth Hulsbrink. “It came to me off the top of my head,” she told The Catholic Post before Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek, and Father Michael […]

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Priests’ ride across the diocese an adventure, like a life in God’s plan

The Priests Pedaling for Prayers and their companions prepare to start their 350-mile journey across the Diocese of Peoria on Sept. 30. Dipping their back tires into the Mississippi River are (from left) Axel Jimenez, Father Michael Pica, Deacon Matt Levy, Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek, Brother Benedict, CSJ, Chris Hebel, and Dr. Michael Cruz. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As they dipped the rear tires of their bicycles into the Mississippi River at Schuler’s Shady Grove Boat Ramp in Rapids City on Sept. 30, Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Michael Pica had no idea what would happen in the 350 miles they would travel before getting to the Indiana state line […]

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Bonnie Engstrom is sharing son’s miracle story, God’s love on book, speaking tour

Diane Anderson, MaryEllen Nommensen and Marie Leatherby are happy to display the copies of "61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story of the Impossible" that were just signed by author Bonnie Engstrom. They said they have bought multiple copies of the book because they keep giving it to people who want to read it. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When Bonnie Engstrom’s new book, “61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story of the Impossible,” was done and scheduled for publication by Our Sunday Visitor in September, she knew it would have to be updated someday. That day came sooner than anyone could have guessed, however. While pre-orders were being taken, […]

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After 75 years of marriage, Aledo couple still walks through life ‘hand in hand’

Sitting on the couch in their cozy apartment at Brookstone of Aledo, Paul and Lorene Lee pose with a photo of the happy day 75 years ago when they were wed at St. Patrick Church in Raritan. They will celebrate their milestone anniversary at a Mass at St. Catherine Church in Aledo and family dinner on Oct. 5. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ALEDO — After 75 years of marriage, Paul Lee still knows how to make his bride, Lorene, blush with joy. “She’s an amazing person,” he said, smiling and pointing to her. “It takes two,” she replied. The blessings that have flowed from their loving commitment are almost too numerous to count, but many of them […]

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Threat, not directed at the school, leads to evacuation of St. Malachy in Geneseo

St. Malachy Church and School in Geneseo.

GENESEO — Students at St. Malachy School were evacuated to nearby Geneseo Middle School on Sept. 23, when a man threatened area businesses by saying he had a bomb in his car. Geneseo police stopped Michael L. Allan of Moline at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and Chicago Street, which was close enough to St. […]

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October is Respect Life Month: Events include Life Chains, 40 Days, dinners

Catechist Joanne Dorn (right) and members of the confirmation class from St. Luke Parish in Eureka take part in a Life Chain in this 2016 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life” is the theme chosen by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for Respect Life Month in October. Among the observances in the Diocese of Peoria is Life Chain, which will be held next Sunday, Oct. 6. Founded in 1987, this peaceful, prayerful witness is intended as a […]

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Respect Life Conference: End of life issues becoming more prevalent, complicated

Father Alfred Cioffi responds to a question from Loreto Xavier of Bloomington during his session on end-of-life issues at the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14. On a stand next to the speakers were relics of St. Catherine of Siena (left) and Pope St. John Paul II, patrons for the conference. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Saying everyone will face decisions about care at the end of life sooner or later — if not for themselves, then for someone they love — Father Alfred Cioffi started a conversation about some of those issues with participants at the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14. The beginning of life is known and occurs […]

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Respect Life Conference: Include men when discussing abortion, healing

Father John Verrier laughs as his friend, keynote speaker Kevin Burke, begins his talk at the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The co-founder of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, Burke is a pastoral associate of Priests for Life. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When it comes to abortion, women may have the procedure but that doesn’t mean men are exempt from the pain, said Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries for post-abortive women and a pastoral associate of Priests for Life. He said well-meaning people may ask, “Why is this important?” or “Why should we care?” “The […]

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Respect Life Conference: Trafficking goes against everything God desires for us

Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services of the Diocese of Phoenix, addresses human trafficking in a talk Sept. 14 at the diocesan Respect Life Conference in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While many people wouldn’t include human trafficking on a list of respect life issues, it goes against everything that God desires for his people, according to Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, the last speaker of the day. “Everything that you have heard before — abortion, racism, sexism, absent fathers, the breakdown of relationships between men […]

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