To enter religious life, Champaign woman seeking help through #ProjectMiracle

Shortly after arriving in the Diocese of Peoria in 2015, Pamela Rose Suresca (kneeling fourth from left) attended a celebration of consecrated life at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Also pictured is Sister Theresa Lee, FMA (kneeling sixth from left), who is now vocations director for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, the community Suresca hopes to enter in September. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Miracles can be hard to come by, but Pamela Rose Suresca isn’t letting that stop her from pursuing one as if the rest of her life depends on it. Suresca, who recently ended her job as director of mission formation for weDignify in Champaign, hopes to enter the Daughters of Mary Help of […]

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Sister Teresa Paul Selamat professes perpetual vows as a Franciscan

As Sister Agnes Joseph Williams looks on, Sister Teresa Paul Selamat professes her perpetual vows with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. Accepting her vows is Sister Judith Ann Duvall, major superior of the Franciscan community. (Provided photo)

EAST PEORIA — Sister Teresa Paul Selamat, OSF, never saw the logic of religious life. It didn’t make sense to her on that level. Fortunately, God spoke to her heart and that’s where she heard him calling her to a vocation with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. On Aug. 6, the […]

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Sister Sara, principal at Peoria Notre Dame High School, professes perpetual vows

Sister Sara Kowal professes perpetual vows with the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary during a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Miami on July 1. Receiving her vows in the name of the church is Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM, foundress of the religious community. (Provided photo)

As she looks back over her life, Sister Sara Kowal sees how the Lord has been leading her all along to the moment on July 1 when she professed perpetual vows with the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She can’t talk about it without smiling. “From the very beginning he has […]

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Be ‘cooperators with God’ and agents of healing, 200 urged at charismatic event

Martina Akolly, Perolle Assindo and Denise Soglohun of Prayer Group Sinai at Christ the King Church in Moline take the opportunity to praise and worship the Lord during the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, held July 26-27 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In practical, humorous and inspirational ways, speakers at the 33rd annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria last weekend encouraged nearly 200 people to make good use of the love and mercy God lavishes on them by extending it to others. “We need to be cooperators with God,” said Mother Adela Galindo, foundress of the […]

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After 20 years, perpetual adoration ends, new program begins at Holy Family, Peoria

After leading prayers and removing the Blessed Sacrament, Father Giles Gilbert, OFM Conv., closes the doors over the monstrance for the last time in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Holy Family in Peoria on Aug. 1. After nearly 21 years, a new program of eucharistic adoration began Aug. 2. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

More than 20 years of perpetual eucharistic adoration came to an end at Holy Family Parish in Peoria on Aug. 1 as a quiet procession, led by Father Giles Gilbert, OFM Conv., accompanied Jesus from the adoration chapel in the parish center to the church. On Friday, Aug. 2, parishioners and friends started spending time […]

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Diocese to present first-ever Respect Life Conference; people of all ages welcome

Attacks on the dignity of the human person at every level make it necessary to engage the culture now and people will get the information they need to do that at the first-ever Respect Life Conference hosted by the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Peoria on Sept. 13-14. All sessions will be held […]

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Parish respect life representatives gather as ‘people of hope’ to pray, plan next steps

Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry and natural family planning coordinator for the Diocese of Peoria, holds up the poster for this year's observance of NFP Awareness Week, July 21-27, at the annual meeting of parish respect life representatives July 13. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The church teaches that those who have hope live differently and Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, thanked parish respect life representatives for being that sign to the world. “You all live differently. You were called to this from the beginning of time,” Soñé told the 25 men and […]

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Western Catholic high school does not advance, but door not closed completely

Findings of the Western Diocesan High School Feasibility Study, conducted over four months this spring by Meitler Consultants, were reported at the end of June and published earlier this month.

While there is a desire for a Catholic high school in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria, a feasibility study found that enrollment and funding were major areas of concern, and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has accepted a recommendation not to proceed at this time. The door was not closed completely, however. […]

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Miraculous healing of Washington boy ‘given to the church, for the church’

James Fulton Engstrom is held by his parents, Travis and Bonnie Engstrom, as the tribunal to investigate his miraculous healing through the intercession of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen began on Sept. 7, 2011. With them are Dr. Andrea Ambrosi, postulator of Archbishop Sheen's cause for sainthood, and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on July 16, 2019. WASHINGTON — At long last, Bonnie Engstrom doesn’t have to use the word “alleged” when talking about the miraculous healing of her son, James Fulton, through the intercession of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. On Friday, July 5, Pope Francis accepted the findings of his […]

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