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Two pro-life centers blessed in Peoria Oct. 13 as Respect Life Month continues

With help from Bishop Louis Tylka, Ann Kube cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new site for the Women's Care Center at 2609 Knoxville Ave., in Peoria, on Oct. 13. The original location was destroyed by an arson fire on May 3, 2021. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As Respect Life Month continues, two centers in Peoria dedicated to upholding life and the dignity of women were blessed by Bishop Louis Tylka, who offered gratitude “for the many, many lives that will be impacted and touched and saved.” The first blessing on Oct. 13 was for the Women’s Care Center, which has moved […]

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Parishioners celebrate as ground blessed, broken for new St. Jude Church in Peoria

Accompanied by Ana Rodas, his master of ceremonies, and Father Daniel McShane, parochial vicar, Bishop Louis Tylka sprinkles holy water throughout what will be the sanctuary of the new St. Jude Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Just before he blessed the building site for the new St. Jude Church in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka said it was a proud day for parishioners and benefactors, “but also a proud day for your bishop.” “I do realize that this project furthers the entire mission of the parish whether it be through meeting spaces […]

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Nearly 1,000 pilgrims follow Jesus for Emmaus Procession through Quad Cities

Bishop Thomas Zinkula of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, carries the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament over the Mississippi River on Government (Arsenal) Bridge from Davenport to Rock Island in Illinois. Because the Emmaus Procession had to become narrow for this leg of the walk, Bishop Zinkula asked that the canopy be lowered as he carried the monstrance as high as he could to make certain it could be seen by as many people as possible. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — Jesus had two companions on the walk to Emmaus, but he was accompanied by as many as 1,000 people Oct. 8 as they traveled from Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, to St. Mary Church in Moline as part of the first-ever Emmaus Procession through the Quad Cities. Carrying the monstrance with the […]

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Battle may be fierce, but God’s truth is stronger, respect life coordinators hear

Father William Miller, episcopal vicar for respect life for the Diocese of Peoria, talks with Jeanne Zhorne of Corpus Christi Church, and Lisa Lindstrom of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, both in Galesburg, at a gathering of parish respect life coordinators on Sept. 24. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It was St. John Paul II who advised people not to focus on falsehoods, but the truth and that’s good advice for those who seek to defend life from conception until natural death, said Father William Miller, episcopal vicar for respect life for the Diocese of Peoria. “We need to study the real thing over […]

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Respect Life Month begins with Mass at cathedral, Life Chains around diocese

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Nancy Olson of Morton, a member of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, after the Respect Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 2. The Christ Child Society makes layettes for babies and families in need. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Creating a culture of life requires more than changing laws, according to Bishop Louis Tylka. “Much more it’s changing hearts, helping people to understand the sacredness and the value of each life,” he said as he celebrated Mass on Respect Life Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “And it’s not only the issue of […]

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Bishop: Risen Savior offers hope that cancer will not have the final word

After the Spirit of Hope Mass for Cancer on Oct. 1 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka poses for a photo with (from left) Sisters Theresa Ann Brazeau, Judith Ann Duvall, Faustina Chesnut, Rose Therese Mann, Teresa Paul Selamat and M. Angelita Van Hoey of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis; tenor John McDermott and Dr. James McGee. The Mass was sponsored by OSF HealthCare. ( The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“You have cancer.” It can be a faith-shattering diagnosis, said Bishop Louis Tylka, who knows that from personal experience. He has heard it twice — once for his mother, Norma, 30 years ago, and again for his sister, Mary Lou Bryant, just over two years ago. Cancer doesn’t get the final word, however, he said […]

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Tom Dermody retires from award-winning career at The Catholic Post

To celebrate Tom Dermody’s award-winning work at The Catholic Post, the staff put together a commemorative magazine with design by Shannon Reznik. (Provided photo)

There’s no doubt that Tom Dermody would rather be writing this story himself instead of having it written about him. After all, he’s been profiling people across the 26 counties of the Diocese of Peoria and telling stories of faith for 43 years. While he dutifully answered questions about his long career at The Catholic […]

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Respect Life leaders say post-Roe is no time to rest and ‘our work is cut out for us’

Now that Roe v Wade has been overturned and the legal battle over abortion has been returned to the states, emotion seems to be ruling the conversation, according to Father William Miller, episcopal vicar for respect life for the Diocese of Peoria. The problem is that this obscures the truth, he said. “The enemies for […]

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Matt Faley is named Diocese of Peoria’s new — and first — chief of mission

As the Diocese of Peoria's chief of mission, Matt Faley (pictured) will work with Bishop Louis Tylka "to make sure the mission of Jesus is integrated in all that we do in the Curia (diocesan offices) and that it is communicated to our pastoral leaders and laity across the diocese." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Matt Faley started his dream job on Sept. 12. He has been named chief of mission for the Diocese of Peoria. “If I could create a job description for me and for the gifts that God’s asking me to use, this would be it,” Faley said as he was getting settled in to his office […]

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Catechists recognized in Bloomington, around diocese, for passing on the faith

Gathered in their prayer circle, Scarlet Dennis and Brooklynn Nolan learn about the importance of their souls and how to feed them from catechist Jean Deal as part of the religious education program at Holy Trinity in Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Each Wednesday night, there is a buzz on the second floor of the St. Vincent de Paul Building at Holy Trinity Church. In this case, the nourishment is being provided to young souls who are learning more about Jesus and the love of God. They are among more than 5,600 religious education students […]

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