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Father Robert D. Spilman — from ‘Grandpa’ in seminary to marking 25 years a priest

Father Robert Spilman

Father Spilman had been out of school for 25 years when he began his studies for the priesthood. He called it an eye opening experience. “But you have a lot of good times, too,” he said, recalling with a laugh that the other seminarians called him “Grandpa.” His age and a career in banking gave […]

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Msgr. James E. Kruse — celebrating sacraments sustains joy through 25 years

Msgr. James E. Kruse

Not only is Msgr. Kruse celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 25, but his father, Deacon Fred Kruse, marked the 30th anniversary of his ordination as a permanent deacon on April 27. They serve together at St. Mary of the Woods in Princeville, where Msgr. Kruse is pastor. Born […]

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Msgr. Stanley L. Deptula — 25 years of priesthood influenced by Fulton Sheen

Msgr. Stanley L. Deptula

As executive director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, Msgr. Deptula has worked long and hard to see that the work and heroic virtues of the sainthood candidate are known around the world. The relationship doesn’t stop there, however. “Fulton Sheen has changed my priesthood. I feel truly that he is my diocesan brother, […]

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Msgr. Brian Brownsey — 25 years of fatherly care for faithful of all ages

Msgr. Brian K. Brownsey

Msgr. Brownsey quips that at 58, he must be the oldest Newman Center chaplain in the country. But he wouldn’t trade his ministry to the college students at Bradley University and Illinois Central College for anything. “I love it,” he said. “It perks me up and keeps me going.” Msgr. Brownsey said his affinity for […]

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Father Schaab: 50 years spent helping people find ‘the Christ already there’

Father R. Michael Schaab

PUTNAM — Since he was granted senior status in 2014, Father R. Michael Schaab has been working to make things grow on his 15-acre hobby farm in Putnam County. That includes apples, cherries, pears, peaches, raspberries and red and black currants. “My theory was I’ll plant everything I can and we’ll see what likes it […]

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End of school year celebrated with Mass, gratitude, two years of diocesan awards

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka leads the applause for Dr. Noreen Dillon of St. Mark School in Peoria and Jane Barrett of Seton Catholic School in Moline after they were honored as Distinguished Principals of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, respectively, at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 5. Joining in are their pastors, Msgr. Brian Brownsey, center, and Father Mark DeSutter, far right. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After two challenging years of providing instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, the principals, pastors and school chaplains of Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria gathered May 5 to celebrate what they had been able to do. During a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, they heard words of thanks from Coadjutor Bishop Louis […]

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Archbishop Sheen’s 1952 Emmy Award gifted following birthday Mass at tomb

Joan Sheen Cunningham presents the Emmy Award won by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1952 to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, left, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at a Mass in front of Sheen's tomb on his birthday, May 8. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It is customary to give gifts to those celebrating birthdays, but in honor of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s 126th birthday on May 8, his family presented a gift to the Sheen Foundation. It was the Emmy Award for “Most Outstanding Personality” that was presented to the media pioneer and host of “Life is Worth […]

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Sister Cor Marie, SSND, has lived up to her name for 70 years of religious life

Father Chales Klamut presents a flower arrangement to Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, who renewed her vows and received a blessing from him at Mass on April 25 at St. Anthony Church in Bartonville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BARTONVILLE — Sister Cor Marie Cielocha would have been satisfied to teach as a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 25 or even 40 years. Instead the Lord gave her 70 years and she couldn’t be happier. “I’m grateful — grateful to God that he let me teach the little children,” she […]

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After a year apart, PDCCW gathers volunteers for Mass, awards for service

Seventeen of the 25 women recognized with certificates of appreciation at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass celebrate by having their photo taken with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at the April 29 liturgy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women was forced to cancel last year’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good work done by women around the Diocese of Peoria continued. That service was recognized at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on April 29. Certain aspects of […]

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