It’s not too late to give gifts, bring smiles to children’s faces with Box of Joy

The pandemic was tough for the Box of Joy campaign, with 61,422 boxes received by Cross Catholic Outreach in 2020. Donations bounced back in 2021 when 106,276 boxes filled with small toys were received.

While Christmas brings to mind mornings filled with wonder and excitement as children open their gifts, that isn’t the case for many children around the world. Cross Catholic Outreach is working to change that and now is the time to take action with Box of Joy. Those who participate in the program — now in […]

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Diocesan plans for eucharistic revival foster unity, encounters with Christ

Bishop Louis Tylka elevates the Blessed Sacrament and the chalice he bought during a recent trip to Rome at a Mass with the priests of the Diocese of Peoria at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 19. The chalice, along with a paten and ciborium, will be used by all the priests over the next two years as part of the diocesan observance of the National Eucharistic Revival. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The National Eucharistic Revival will occupy the hearts and minds of Catholics around the United States for the next three years, but leaders in the Diocese of Peoria hope that what is beginning will continue for years to come, according to Phillip Lee, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. Activities in support of […]

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OSF Heart of Mary celebrates 100 years of Catholic health care in Urbana area

Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as Marion Anderson encourages him to give a good blessing to her friend, Nichole Miller, at the rededication of OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center on Oct. 6. To their left are Sharon Ingram and Colleen Thomas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

URBANA — With prayer, blessings and gratitude, OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center staff, friends and benefactors celebrated 100 years of Catholic health care in the Urbana-Champaign community. While the Sisters of Mercy, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis were all praised […]

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Two pro-life centers blessed in Peoria Oct. 13 as Respect Life Month continues

With help from Bishop Louis Tylka, Ann Kube cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new site for the Women's Care Center at 2609 Knoxville Ave., in Peoria, on Oct. 13. The original location was destroyed by an arson fire on May 3, 2021. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As Respect Life Month continues, two centers in Peoria dedicated to upholding life and the dignity of women were blessed by Bishop Louis Tylka, who offered gratitude “for the many, many lives that will be impacted and touched and saved.” The first blessing on Oct. 13 was for the Women’s Care Center, which has moved […]

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Parishioners celebrate as ground blessed, broken for new St. Jude Church in Peoria

Accompanied by Ana Rodas, his master of ceremonies, and Father Daniel McShane, parochial vicar, Bishop Louis Tylka sprinkles holy water throughout what will be the sanctuary of the new St. Jude Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Just before he blessed the building site for the new St. Jude Church in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka said it was a proud day for parishioners and benefactors, “but also a proud day for your bishop.” “I do realize that this project furthers the entire mission of the parish whether it be through meeting spaces […]

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Nearly 1,000 pilgrims follow Jesus for Emmaus Procession through Quad Cities

Bishop Thomas Zinkula of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, carries the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament over the Mississippi River on Government (Arsenal) Bridge from Davenport to Rock Island in Illinois. Because the Emmaus Procession had to become narrow for this leg of the walk, Bishop Zinkula asked that the canopy be lowered as he carried the monstrance as high as he could to make certain it could be seen by as many people as possible. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — Jesus had two companions on the walk to Emmaus, but he was accompanied by as many as 1,000 people Oct. 8 as they traveled from Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, to St. Mary Church in Moline as part of the first-ever Emmaus Procession through the Quad Cities. Carrying the monstrance with the […]

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Battle may be fierce, but God’s truth is stronger, respect life coordinators hear

Father William Miller, episcopal vicar for respect life for the Diocese of Peoria, talks with Jeanne Zhorne of Corpus Christi Church, and Lisa Lindstrom of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, both in Galesburg, at a gathering of parish respect life coordinators on Sept. 24. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It was St. John Paul II who advised people not to focus on falsehoods, but the truth and that’s good advice for those who seek to defend life from conception until natural death, said Father William Miller, episcopal vicar for respect life for the Diocese of Peoria. “We need to study the real thing over […]

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Respect Life Month begins with Mass at cathedral, Life Chains around diocese

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Nancy Olson of Morton, a member of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, after the Respect Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 2. The Christ Child Society makes layettes for babies and families in need. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Creating a culture of life requires more than changing laws, according to Bishop Louis Tylka. “Much more it’s changing hearts, helping people to understand the sacredness and the value of each life,” he said as he celebrated Mass on Respect Life Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “And it’s not only the issue of […]

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Bishop: Risen Savior offers hope that cancer will not have the final word

After the Spirit of Hope Mass for Cancer on Oct. 1 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka poses for a photo with (from left) Sisters Theresa Ann Brazeau, Judith Ann Duvall, Faustina Chesnut, Rose Therese Mann, Teresa Paul Selamat and M. Angelita Van Hoey of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis; tenor John McDermott and Dr. James McGee. The Mass was sponsored by OSF HealthCare. ( The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“You have cancer.” It can be a faith-shattering diagnosis, said Bishop Louis Tylka, who knows that from personal experience. He has heard it twice — once for his mother, Norma, 30 years ago, and again for his sister, Mary Lou Bryant, just over two years ago. Cancer doesn’t get the final word, however, he said […]

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Tom Dermody retires from award-winning career at The Catholic Post

To celebrate Tom Dermody’s award-winning work at The Catholic Post, the staff put together a commemorative magazine with design by Shannon Reznik. (Provided photo)

There’s no doubt that Tom Dermody would rather be writing this story himself instead of having it written about him. After all, he’s been profiling people across the 26 counties of the Diocese of Peoria and telling stories of faith for 43 years. While he dutifully answered questions about his long career at The Catholic […]

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