PDCCW honors, thanks 44 faith-filled women for volunteer service to the Lord

The women being honored for their service to the Diocese of Peoria gather around Bishop Louis Tylka for a photo after the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's Volunteer Appreciation Mass on April 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral. They would be recognized individually at the luncheon that followed. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, a faithful woman who “raised her eyes” and saw the people in need around her, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women honored 45 faith-filled women who looked at the need in their parishes and communities and also served the Lord and his […]

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Bishop Tylka takes to the air to bless fields, farmers as planting season begins

Bishop Louis Tylka is strapped in and ready to bless farm fields of the Diocese of Peoria from the air, thanks to the use of a helicopter provided by OSF Aviation on April 21. At right, the bishop looks out at the farm of Helen Gillen in rural Monmouth. He would stop to bless the fields and family there and then continue to fly in all directions to offer a blessing "that keeps going" for the rest of the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems and For The Catholic Post/ Phillip Lee)

MONMOUTH — Bishop Louis Tylka took to the air by helicopter April 21 to bless farm fields in the Diocese of Peoria as planting season was about to begin. His trip, made possible by OSF Aviation, included a stop at the farm of Helen Gillen and her son, Dave, longtime members of Immaculate Conception Parish […]

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Joy, peace as nearly 300 across diocese received into the church at Easter Vigil

There are smiles all around as Gretchen Lansford is confirmed by Father Andru O'Brien at the Easter Vigil at St. Matthew Church in Champaign.Standing behind her is her son, David, who was her sponsor. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Gretchen Lansford wanted to share the faith that had become foundational to her son, David, and his family, and at the Easter Vigil at St. Matthew Church here, her prayers were answered. She was one of six people baptized in other faith traditions who made a profession of faith and were received into […]

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First Spanish Father-Son Encounter a joint program of diocese, OSF Healthcare

In addition to some serious talk about the transition from being a boy to becoming a man, participants at the first Spanish Father-Son Encounter took the opportunity to have have fun while being physically active on April 9. Here they are running a three-legged race. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MAGNOLIA — Fathers and sons from Spanish-speaking communities around the Diocese of Peoria accepted the invitation to get away and spend the day together to talk about life and what it means to be a man, and to take time for prayer at the Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center here. A pilot program for boys ages 10 […]

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Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline will remain open; review set

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline. (Photo from

EAST MOLINE — Parents, students and faculty at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy learned on April 12 that the school, which had been slated to close at the end of this academic year, would remain open. The good news came in a statement from Bishop Louis Tylka. “We have determined that our previous decision […]

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‘The church alive, gathered’: Bishop Tylka blesses holy oils at packed Chrism Mass

Bishop Louis Tylka pours the balsam into the oil for the Sacred Chrism. He would stir it and breath over the mouth of the vessel, calling down the Holy Spirit in blessing. The Chrism Mass takes its name from the consecration of this oil. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As he looked out over the people who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Chrism Mass on April 12, Bishop Louis Tylka voiced what everyone was thinking: “What a blessing it is to see the church alive and gathered here today.” Traditionally celebrated during Holy Week, the Chrism Mass in 2020 was delayed six months […]

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Changes to tax credit scholarship program pass, await governor’s signature

Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, greets supporters of HB 4126 from Chicago, Joliet and Peoria as he prepares to enter the Senate Executive Committee hearing to discuss the legislation at the State Capitol in Springfield. To his left is Robert Gilligan of the Catholic Conference of Illinois. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

SPRINGFIELD — Weeks of advocating for improvements to the Invest in Kids Act paid off for parents, school administrators and supporters when House Bill 4126 was passed unanimously by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly on April 7. Empower Illinois, the scholarship granting organization at the forefront of the advocacy effort, noted that the […]

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Holy Cross School, Champaign, becomes pioneer in the study of aquaponics

Among the dignitaries who attended the ribbon cutting for the Tryon Aquaponics Tower at Holy Cross School in Champaign was Miss Wisconsin Angelica Niemann, who went to the University of Illinois and ran on a platform of "Eat Right, Future Bright." Joining principal Greg Koerner at the other end of the ribbon is fourth-grader Lydia Durdan, third-grader Camille Christhilf, and fifth-grader Emma Lwao. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — With the snip of an oversized pair of scissors, Holy Cross School took a giant leap into the future as a new Tryon Aquaponics Tower and lab was blessed on March 24. It is only the second such tower in the country and the first one in Illinois. Aquaponics is a method of […]

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Divine Mercy Lenten Day of Reflection explores redemptive suffering, hope

Sister Faustina Thomas, OP, one the speakers at the Divine Mercy Lenten Day of Reflection, catches up with (from left) Peggy Shane, Jessica Shane and Pat Franzoni of St. Jude in Peoria, during a break. She offered a reflection on Divine Mercy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Suffering is not something we seek, but it offers an invitation to surrender to God and trust in his infinite love for us, Father John Verrier told more than 200 people who gathered at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria for a Divine Mercy Lenten Day of Reflection. “The cross and suffering is the way […]

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Bishop Tylka leads Act of Consecration to Mary with students in Champaign

With Msgr. Stanley Deptula, pastor, kneeling to his left in front of the statue of Mary, and the students of St. Matthew School in Champaign filling the church, Bishop Louis Tylka prays the Act of Consecration of humanity, especially the nations of Ukraine and Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25. They were among Catholics from around the world praying with Pope Francis. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Joining people around the world, Bishop Louis Tylka offered the Act of Consecration of the human family, especially the nations of Ukraine and Russia, not once but twice during a visit to St. Matthew School and St. John’s Catholic Newman Center on March 25. The prayer at St. Matthew, on the Solemnity of […]

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