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Fr. Laible gets major ‘administry’ post with Archdiocese for Military Services, USA

As vicar general, Father Jeffrey Laible will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, which serves 1.8 million Catholics worldwide. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LINCOLN — It would be an understatement to say that Father Jeffrey C. Laible was taken aback when he was asked to serve as the vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. “I think I would have had a better chance of being the next person on […]

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‘Heartbreak’ for Viola parishioners as fire extensively damages St. John Church

The sanctuary of St. John Church in Viola after the early morning fire on May 27.

(This story was updated on June 1.) VIOLA — Father John Thieryoung is asking for prayers for a 12-year-old male who has been charged with a single count of arson in a fire that caused extensive damage to St. John Church here on May 27. When parishioners gathered for Mass at nearby St. Anthony Church […]

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East Moline deacon marks 25 years of following Mary’s ‘nudge’ to ministry

Deacon Jerry Buyck

EAST MOLINE — It was on a trip to Medjugorje in 1990 that Deacon Jerry Buyck heard the Blessed Mother invite him to be a permanent deacon. “No,” he said. His initial resistance didn’t survive a second trip, however. A native of East Moline, Deacon Buyck and his family were living in Horicon, Wisconsin, at […]

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Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, marking 25 years since priesthood ordination

Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA

MOLINE — A missionary priest of the Society of African Missions, Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, came to the Diocese of Peoria in 2017 to serve as the parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish here. Father Matthew was born in Liberia, West Africa, and claims the Archdiocese of Monrovia as his home diocese. He […]

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Father Martin Mwongyera — 25 years of ‘extraordinary actions’ of priesthood

Father Martin Mwongyera

Father Martin was born and raised in Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri District, in the southwestern part of Uganda. His home parish is Mary Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi, in the Diocese of Kabale. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary in Katigondo, Masaka, Uganda, and received a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi — Mass, the love of people bring joy for 25 years

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi

Father Deus came to the Diocese of Peoria on Dec. 10, 2013, to serve as a chaplain at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The medical center was purchased in 2018 and is now known as OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he is manager of the pastoral care department. Born in Kabale, […]

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Adventures continue for ‘Bishop Lou’ as he celebrates 25 years of priesthood

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on May 8, the brithday of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. Bishop Tylka was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1996, but Cardinal Joseph Bernardin at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

So many of the things Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has done in the last year were not things he learned in the seminary. Among them is how to minister to people during a pandemic — or how to be a bishop. Some things have remained very much the same, however. “It’s never about yourself,” he […]

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Father Daniel J. Wilder — 9,125 memorable days during his 25 years of priesthood

Father Daniel J. Wilder

None of his classmates at Saranac Lake Central High School in Saranac Lake, New York, were surprised when Father Wilder went into the seminary after graduation. He had been an altar server right up until his senior year and was active on the youth council for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York. But after two […]

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Father John Thieryoung — bringing Christ to others through 25 years of priesthood

Father John Thieryoung

Father Thieryoung said if someone hadn’t told him it was his 25th anniversary of ordination he wouldn’t have noticed. “It doesn’t seem like 25 years,” he said. He will celebrate with Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, at St. Catherine Church in Aledo, where he is the pastor. A reception will follow. While […]

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