Family is received into church at 8-year-old’s funeral

Photo Caption: Shown in Nauvoo receiving Communion from Father Trosley at the funeral Mass for Alicia Hinojosa, 8, are her parents, Pete and Christa, and their daughter Olivia, 10. By: By Jennifer Willems LOMAX — Resurrection hope came early for Plutarco “Pete” and Christa Hinojosa Jr. and their daughter, Olivia, who were received into the […]

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Thanks flow at final Mass in Pesotum

Photo Caption: About 70 people gathered in St. Joseph’s Church in Pesotum for a final Mass on March 19. By: By Jennifer Willems PESOTUM — As a kid, Marvin Kocher served Mass every day at St. Joseph’s Church in Pesotum, making the three-mile round trip on his bicycle. Now a resident of Springfield, Kocher has […]

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Irish eyes smiling for ‘mother of the year’

Photo Caption: Rosemary McGuire Meade of Geneseo, with her husband, Lorin, by her side, beams as the St. Patrick’s Society Grand Parade XXIV steps off in Rock Island last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems ROCK ISLAND — Coming to Rock Island and taking part in the St. Patrick Society’s Grand Parade is a longtime tradition […]

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Deacons convene, welcome 34 candidates for Class IX

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky joins the candidates for the Diocese of Peoria’s ninth class of permanent deacons on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems Surrounded by the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria, 34 men aspiring to join them in service to the people of God […]

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Ethics director offers guidance along health care paths

Photo Caption: Birgitta N. Sujdak Mackiewicz is the first director of ethics at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Working in a hospital always seemed to be in Birgitta N. Sujdak Mackiewicz’s future, although serving as the first director of ethics at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria wasn’t […]

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10 commissioned to assist with marriage cases

By: By Jennifer Willems Translating something from English to Spanish isn’t just a matter of finding comparable words. It often involves explaining concepts that may be more difficult to understand than the language, according to Esmeralda Cruz of St. Hyacinth’s Parish, LaSalle. On Saturday, she became the first bilingual notary-auditor to be commissioned for service […]

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Deacon, wife offer update on Haiti mission

Photo Caption: Deacon Richard Hammond is surrounded by the people he serves in Haiti. By: By Jennifer Willems BARTONVILLE — For Americans, mud is something children love to play in and adults work to keep off of clothing, cars and carpeting. For the people of Haiti, it is something to mix with lard and salt […]

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Building home at King’s House

Photo Caption: Enjoying the unseasonably warm weather at King’s House in Henry are (from left) Sister Isabel Romero, Sister Juana Maria Sanchez, Sister Sonia Mancuello and Sister Silvia Tarafa. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Good news travels fast, especially when prayers are being answered. That’s how the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus […]

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Sister Agnes: pioneer theologian still happily learning

Photo Caption: Sister Agnes Cunningham, SSCM, of Champaign was named one of seven “pioneering women” by St. Xavier University this summer. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — As a child, Sister Agnes Cunningham, SSCM, wanted to be a trapeze artist, a detective and a dress designer, and it’s easy to believe that this talented, articulate […]

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