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Live streamed Masses keep central Illinois family of faith connected

St. Matthew Church in Champaign is one of several churches around the Diocese of Peoria that has arranged to live stream Masses while public liturgical celebrations in central Illinois are suspended in an effort to prevent possible transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Public celebrations of the Mass may be suspended for the foreseeable future, but parishes across the Diocese of Peoria, as well as St. Bede Abbey in Peru, are making it possible for people to stay connected to their family of faith in central Illinois and beyond by following the example of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. […]

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‘Abundance of caution’ led to closing of Catholic schools in diocese March 16-20

Maureen Bentley, principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights, discusses an art project with two members of the kindergarten class in this Catholic Post file photo. The Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria has directed its 42 elementary and secondary schools to close March 16-20 because of coronavirus concerns. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Citing an “abundance of caution” after the World Health Organization termed the COVID-19 coronavirus a pandemic on March 11, the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria has directed its 42 elementary and secondary schools to close March 16-20. The directives were sent to the principals, school pastors and chaplains March 12 after […]

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Eucharistic adoration ‘cut me to the heart,’ says RCIA candidate from Morton

Henry Wefer, who is preparing to be received into the church at St. Monica in East Peoria at the Easter Vigil, enjoys a moment with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. “He was very quick to a joke, which I think suits him well,” he said of the bishop. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While many people who attended the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion were at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first time, it has become something of a spiritual home for Henry Wefer from Morton. In fact, it was encountering Jesus in the Eucharist during adoration that brought him to where he is now. […]

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285 continue faith journey at Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, greets Donald Kotsikpa, a catechuman from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion on Feb. 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Facilitating the introduction is Deacon Al Angelo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Henry Wefer of Morton can’t wait until the Easter Vigil, when he will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. “It’s what I want more than anything,” said the 18-year-old college freshman, who will be received into the Catholic Church at St. Monica in East Peoria on April 11. “I’m burning for […]

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Sr. Mary Jane, 90, shares children’s wisdom in ‘Whatever Happened to the Sandbox?’

Longtime educator Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, holds her newly published book, “Whatever Happened to the Sandbox? Enjoying the Creative Wisdom of Children.” (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — When you’re teaching classes with 45 and 60 students at a time, it doesn’t take long to amass a large collection of stories that amuse and inspire. Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, tells some of her favorites in a new book, “Whatever Happened to the Sandbox? Enjoying the Creative Wisdom of Children.” […]

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Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, reflects on her eight years as Benedictine prioress

"My satisfaction comes both in the directions we set for ourselves and also in the work we've done to help that all come to fruition," said Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, of her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — As Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, looks back on her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery, she finds joy in what the Sisters have accomplished together and is excited for what is to come. The Sisters of St. Benedict have started a discernment process that will lead […]

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Local packs, troops will continue, remain strong during national ‘restructuring’

Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and American Heritage Girls of all ages and ranks participated in the flag procession at the beginning of the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16, showing the impact Scouting has on the church and local communities. "I think it's the best program for kids," said Dr. Linda Atherton, who chairs the Diocese of Peoria's Catholic Committee on Scouting. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court on February 18, many people were surprised and wondered if their local packs and troops would continue — or should continue. The answer to both questions is yes, according to Dr. Linda Atherton of Champaign, who chairs the Diocese of Peoria’s Catholic […]

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Proud of Scouts, Bishop Jenky says they build up church, community, character

Bishop Jenky takes delight in the Wolf Scouts and Tiger Scouts gathered around him as they look at the religious emblems they had just received from him at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus calls every person on his “team” to love God with their whole heart, mind, strength and soul, and their neighbor as themselves, and Scouting is a good way to do just that, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who attended the annual Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16. “Jesus says if we want […]

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More than 100 Scouts, leaders and units honored at Scout Mass, in parishes

Surrounding Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, are the Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts who received religious emblems and medals at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Another 50 young people, including members of American Heritage Girls troops, were recognized at Masses in their home parishes. Standing at left is Deacon Roger Hunter, who serves on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Following is a list of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls from around the Diocese of Peoria who earned religious emblems and awards this year at the Diocesan Scout Mass. Many were at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 16 to receive them from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, but some celebrated […]

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Sheen scholar, camera expert join team planning 12-part television miniseries

A scholar on the life and virtues of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen and a Chicago-based production partner to the motion picture industry have joined Sean Fahey and Dieterich Gray to support development and production of “Wolves and Sheep,” a 12-part miniseries about Sheen. The first is Dr. Peter Howard, a popular speaker in the Diocese […]

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