Franciscan Sisters help guide Newman Center in Macomb

Photo Caption: Sister Janice Keenan, OSF, (left) and Sister Marion Lemon, OSF, visit with Rebecca Rickman, choir coordinator, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center at Western Illinois University. By: By Jennifer Willems MACOMB — A new model of campus ministry is taking shape at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Newman Center here, […]

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JustFaith founder: Encounter God outside normal circles

Photo Caption: Jack Jezreel encouraged a crowd of 200 at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Peoria Heights last Sunday to spend at least one hour a month with someone who can’t love them back. By: By Jennifer Willems PEORIA HEIGHTS — They didn’t come to St. Thomas the Apostle Church looking for a job, […]

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Hospice Home nears reality for those on life’s ‘final journey’

Photo Caption: Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, and representatives from all phases of planning, fundraising and construction for the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria break ground Sept. 21. By: By Jennifer Willems “Wow. We’re finally here.” The words were spoken by Dr. Robert Sawicki, senior vice president of supportive care for OSF […]

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Bishop tells respect life reps U.S. is on “shakiest foundation”

Photo Caption: Barbara Bogner of Bradford receives a certificate of commissioning from Bishop Jenky at the annual Pro-Life Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 10 preceding the Respect Life Workshop. By: By Jennifer Willems Talking to respect life representatives from around the Diocese of Peoria last Saturday, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Streator catechist brings Jesus to Dwight Correctional Center

Photo Caption: Fran Corrigan of Streator can’t take metal into the correctional center, so she prints out an image of the Miraculous Medal and accompanying prayer for the women she instructs in the Catholic faith. By: By Jennifer Willems STREATOR — When Fran Corrigan goes to Dwight Correctional Center each Thursday for Mass and faith […]

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Even a circus is evangelization during Mission Metamora: pastor

Photo Caption: Father Donald Roszkowski, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Metamora and St. Elizabeth’s, Washburn, visits Francis, a 9-year-old African lion, during a circus hosted by the Metamora parish Aug. 25. By: By Jennifer Willems METAMORA — Evangelization comes in all shapes and sizes. As St. Mary’s Parish here recently demonstrated, it can even […]

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Dog days for bishop as he welcomes two new puppies

Photo Caption: Chihuahua puppies Vicar (left) and Monsignor show their affection to their new owner, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. By: By Jennifer Willems When he leaves his office at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria and goes home, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, finds Vicar and Monsignor waiting for him. Unlike the vicars and […]

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Mass, honors, and updates welcome school principals back

Photo Caption: Michael Lootens, the new principal at Epiphany School in Normal, receives from Bishop Jenky framed art with this year’s theme for diocesan schools, “The Liturgy — Our Encounter with God.” By: By Jennifer Willems Before he did anything else at the Mass for the principals of Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria, […]

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Peoria Notre Dame H.S. is building for the future

Photo Caption: Peoria Notre Dame plans to build a new school and athletic fields on Peoria’s north side, bordered by Allen Road, Willow Knolls Road and Kellogg Golf Course. By: By Jennifer Willems As the 150th anniversary of Catholic secondary education in central Illinois approaches, officials at Peoria Notre Dame High School are taking steps […]

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