New Mass texts changing more than words: Institute speaker

Photo Caption: Father Douglas Martis fields questions after his presentations on how the third edition of the Roman Missal in English invites Catholics to renew their understanding of the Mass. By: By Jennifer Willems If people focus on changes in language to the exclusion of all else, they will be missing an opportunity to change […]

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From Slovakia to Lacon, she seeks God’s will first

By: By Jennifer Willems LACON — Many responsibilities go with being the provincial superior of the American Province of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi, but Sister M. Loretta Matas, DSF, is finding just as many moments of joy in her new ministry. Yes, she is responsible for the 13 Sisters entrusted to her […]

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New spiritual directors ready to listen, journey with faithful

By: By Jennifer Willems Spiritual directors can be hard to come by, so the diocesan Office of the Permanent Diaconate did something to help and wound up making history in the process. The office partnered with Father Albert Haase, OFM, and Jessie Vicha, both certified spiritual directors and teachers in the Chicago area, to establish […]

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Welcoming the new Missal: Suggested “pillars” for study

By: By Jennifer Willems Liturgical renewal is constant, according to Msgr. Stanley Deptula. “It’s not like we do the recipe once and we get it right forever,” said the director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. “We always need to go back to the touchstones, back to the pillars.” During his presentation on June […]

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Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, is elected to guide St. Bede Abbey

By: By Jennifer Willems PERU — St. Bede Abbey has a new spiritual leader. Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, was elected the eighth abbot of the monastery on June 7. He succeeds Abbot Claude Peifer, OSB, who completed his eight-year term on June 6. Overseeing the election process was Abbot Hugh Anderson, OSB, president of the […]

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Msgr. Ham to senior status; plans 10-week trip to Vietnam

By: By Jennifer Willems OTTAWA — For 32 of his 43 years as a priest, Msgr. Jerome Ham has called LaSalle County home and “just about everyone here knows me now.” On June 15 he will take the many kindnesses of the people he has served and the hugs and smiles of the children with […]

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440 Catholic men make a stand for faith, family, priesthood

By: By Jennifer Willems Editor’s note: Dozen’s of photographs from this event may be viewed at Daryl Wilson Photography —– With manhood and fatherhood under attack from the media, mass culture and even the state’s elected officials, it is more important than ever for Catholic men to pass on the story of faith “no matter […]

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Service of 47 women in diocese noted at appreciation luncheon

By: By Jennifer Willems “We couldn’t do what we do without you.” Msgr. Dale Wellman offered those simple and heartfelt words to the 47 women who were honored at the Annual Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The event drew the women, who came from 23 parishes throughout central Illinois, […]

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Salesian Sisters to help staff Newman Center at U. of I.

By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois will say goodbye to two old friends and welcome four new friends at the end of the spring semester. Preparing to leave are Sister Sarah Roy and Sister Janice Keenan, members of the Sisters of St. Francis of the […]

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