Ukrainians get help, hope from central Illinois as war enters second year

Chris Manson; vice president of government relations for OSF HealthCare and founder of U.S. Ambulances for Ukraine; presented details of the four shipments of ambulances filled with medical supplies with Champaign Rotary Club 3256 on Feb. 20. They are preparing another shipment with six ambulances and three fire engines for mid-March. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — As Russia’s war against Ukraine enters a second year, it seems like the forces of Vladimir Putin have the upper hand. They might be surprised to know there are forces at work that they don’t understand, however. One is the desire of a young girl from central Illinois to help people she didn’t […]

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Bishop at Catholic Schools Week Mass in Rock Island: ‘Put Jesus in the center’

Seton Catholic School student Macy DeMeulenaere receives Communion from Sister M. Bernadette, FSGM, at the Catholic Schools Week Mass hosted by Alleman High School in Rock Island on Feb. 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — Math, science, history and English are important subjects, but Catholic schools offer something more, something eternal, Bishop Louis Tylka said at a Mass marking the end of Catholic Schools Week. “To put Jesus in the center of all we do, to put Jesus at the center of how we live our lives […]

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Champaign vigil remembers lives lost to abortion; proposed clinic raises alarm

Kristi Hofferber, the speaker for the Community Ecumenical Memorial Prayer Vigil on Jan. 22, places a rose in a vase at Holy Cross Church in Champaign during a candlelight procession to remember the more than 60 million lives lost to abortion in the United States. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Kristi Hofferber knows she is the face of the “exceptions” to every argument against abortion. Born as the result of rape and incest — her mother was abused by her father — she said 60 percent of people who are pro-life will make exceptions in those two instances. While she doesn’t condone how […]

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Peoria Mass focuses on prayer for the legal protection of the unborn

Father William Miller and Father John Verrier concelebrate Mass at St. Joseph Church in Peoria on Jan. 23, the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn. Father Miller encouraged prayers not just for the unborn, but for their mothers, and those who defend life. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Praying for the legal protection of the unborn is what brought people to St. Joseph Church in Peoria on Jan. 23. What they took away was the determination to keep praying for the children and their mothers, and for the conversion of those who promote abortion. “As we enter into these sacred mysteries we know […]

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Catholic Illini welcome Cardinal Cupich for Mass, tour of Newman Center Jan. 29

Spencer Steeves, a sophomore studying sustainable design at the University of Illinois, welcomes Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago to St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign on Jan. 29. It was a little taste of home for Steeves, who is from Lake Zurich in the Archdiocese of Chicago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — St. John’s Catholic Chapel at the University of Illinois is filled with scaffolding, but it felt like a cathedral on Jan. 29 when Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago celebrated Mass for students as they start a new semester. In his opening remarks, he also noted that his visit came at the beginning of […]

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St. Mary School in Bloomington has been ‘home’ to Donna Zvonar for 45 years

Donna Zvonar, who has taught for 45 years at St. Mary School in Bloomington, lets her class settle before handing out a test. She said she loves watching the students make discoveries and grow spiritually. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Catholic Schools Week starts tomorrow, Jan. 29, and runs through next Saturday, Feb. 4. The theme for the national celebration is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Jerry Sanderson, interim superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, reflects on that theme in a column he wrote for The Catholic Post. What follows […]

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Bishop Tylka pays tribute to what late pope did, will continue to do for church

A large portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was placed in front of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria after the retired pope died Dec. 31. People who attended the Memorial Mass, celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka on Jan. 5, stopped after Mass to say a prayer and pay their respects. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

People around the world continued to storm heaven with prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, even after he was laid to rest in the grotto of St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 5. Among them were those who gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria with Bishop Louis Tylka for a Memorial Mass that evening. “Dear […]

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Weiss retiring as superintendent of schools, but says God isn’t done with her

In this file photo from 2012, Dr. Sharon Weiss, then principal of St. Patrick School in Washington, holds up the plaque designating St. Patrick as a National Blue Ribbon School. With her are Dr. Maureen Dowling of the U.S. Department of Education, and Msgr. John Prendergast, the pastor at that time. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Retirement will take some getting used to, but Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, is ready to give it a go. While she had been making plans to bring her four decades in Catholic education to an end within the next two years, health issues moved up her timeline. […]

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Family activities with O Antiphons bring focus back to Jesus as Christmas nears

There are a number of ways families can use Katie Bogner's illustrations of the O Antiphons. Here, they are cut out and can be colored to hang as ornaments on the tree. To find and download them, go to her blog, and search for O Antiphons. (Provided graphic/Katie Bogner)

In the days to come families will be getting together for good food and good conversation. Catechist Katie Bogner said it wouldn’t take much to invite Jesus to the festivities and get to know him through the O Antiphons. “The O Antiphons pop to mind because they’re specifically prayed and celebrated in that last week […]

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Bishop Jenky celebrating 25 years as a bishop; rediscovering joy of community

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, holds the gift basket that was presented to him by Cursillo en Espanol at a Diocesan Ultreya in December 2018. A Santa Claus pillow could be seen clearly and he quipped that “I’m starting to look more like the jolly old fellow -- beard, belly and all.” Bishop Jenky was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, on Dec. 16, 1997. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

As Christmas neared 25 years ago, Bishop Emeritus Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, received a gift from Pope John Paul II, although he didn’t fully realize how great a gift it was at the time. On Dec. 16, 1997, he was ordained to serve as the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. […]

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