And baby makes 101 . . . to wear family’s heritage baptismal gown

Photo Caption: Wearing his family’s hertitage gown dating back to 1902, Patrick Benjamin Baxley is baptized by Msgr. Albert Hallin at St. Joseph’s Church, Ivesdale. (To view more photos, click camera icon at left.) By: By Jennifer Willems IVESDALE — Patrick Benjamin Baxley was accompanied by many holy men and women when he was brought […]

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Seminarians grateful as they prepare for ordination May 29

By: By Jennifer Willems As he kneels in St. Mary’s Cathedral to be ordained to the priesthood on May 29, Deacon James Pankiewicz knows that what put him there is the grace of God and the prayers and support of laity and priests throughout central Illinois. “One of the things I often tell people is […]

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Two will be ordained priests for Diocese of Peoria on May 29

By: By Jennifer Willems Before the Year for Priests comes to a close in June, two more men will be ordained for priestly service for the Diocese of Peoria. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will ordain Deacon Paul Carlson and Deacon James Pankiewicz to the priesthood on Saturday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. […]

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Spiritual Care of Dying focus of Pastoral Care Assembly Day

By: By Jennifer Willems Pastoral care ministers don’t stop reaching out to others, even when they’re at a day designed to recharge their own spiritual and theological batteries. They proved that at last Saturday’s diocesan Pastoral Care Assembly Day when the presenter, Msgr. Michael Bliss, spoke about the sacramental ministry his own mother, Mary E. […]

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29 are honored by Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Photo Caption: Honorees from 16 parishes pose for a group photo at the Diocesan Council of Catholic women’s Appreciation Luncheon April 14. By: By Jennifer Willems There were certificates and applause for 29 special women at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Appreciation Luncheon on April 14, but the gratitude that filled the conference […]

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Priests renew commitment at Chrism Mass; tribute video

Photo Caption: At the end of the Chrism Mass, the blessed sacramental oils are carried in procession. Many more images from the liturgy appear in the tribute to priests video below. By: By Jennifer Willems Even though Easter was still some days away, there was cause for rejoicing in St. Mary’s Cathedral last Tuesday as […]

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Stations, other devotions help diocese journey to Holy Week

Photo Caption: In a scene from last Good Friday, participants in an outdoor Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph’s Priory in rural Princeville carry a cross. The public is invited to this year’s devotion April 2. By: By Jennifer Willems Lent is often described as a journey because it presents so many opportunities to […]

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