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Danville parish ‘a big family’ for secretary marking 30 years

By: By Jennifer Willems DANVILLE — How do you plan a surprise celebration for someone when the person you’re honoring generally helps to plan parish celebrations? In the case of Mary Rothery, parish secretary at Holy Family Church here, it happens with a lot of good humor and love, just as it would in any […]

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Muslim-Jewish-Christian women continue dialogue in Moline

Photo Caption: Among those planting “seeds of understanding” Sept. 24 were Sr. Catherine Cleary, OSB, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, Alisa Antonelli of Davenport and Sr. Judith Therese McNulty, BVM, of Moline. By: By Jennifer Willems MOLINE — When Pope Benedict XVI recently visited Lebanon, he called on Catholics to dialogue with their Orthodox, […]

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Happiness abounds as Catholic school students fill cathedral

Photo Caption: Connor Simmons, Taylor White, Victoria Espinosa, Rachel Gager, and Michael Meister of St. Edward’s School in Chillicothe are pictured at the Sept. 12 Catholic Schools Mass in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Seeing every inch of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria filled with Catholic school students from around the diocese made Bishop Daniel […]

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Salesian Sisters share joy at the University of Illinois

Photo Caption: Sister Theresa Lee, FMA, lends a hand and a smile as students move into Newman Hall ib Aug. 18 at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — Joy. It is a gift of Salesian spirituality and one that the Salesian Sisters of St. John […]

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Respect Life coordinators told that God’s will to triumph

Photo Caption: Colleen Yucas of Immaculate Conception Parish, Ohio, accepts a certificate of appreciation and the gratitude of Bishop Jenky at the annual Mass for respect life coordinators on Aug. 25. By: By Jennifer Willems Respect life coordinators from parishes around the Diocese of Peoria heard words of encouragement and thanks when they came together […]

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Former Bloomington principal retired, but still greatly admired

Photo Caption: Kay O’Brien, former principal of Holy Trinity School in Bloomington, was named the Diocese of Peoria’s 2011-12 Distinguished Principal. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — It was never Kay O’Brien’s intention to become principal at Holy Trinity School here. She was perfectly happy teaching sixth grade math when her principal, Ed Heineman, asked […]

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Priester retires as regional DRE; Boettcher named to succeed her

Photo Caption: Sharon Priester is pictured during the Aug. 4 Catechetical Leadership Conference. She has served as a regional director of religious education for the Bloomington and Lincoln vicariates since 2006. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — The Catechetical Leadership Conference marked a changing of the guard for one of the regional directors of religious […]

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Catechetical Leadership event features a surprise appearance

Photo Caption: Barb Liska, regional director of education for the Rock Island, Henry and Kewanee vicariates, challenged catechists with her words and appearance. By: By Jennifer Willems Very few people recognized the woman who silently entered the conference room at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria and stood along the outer edges of the room, […]

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Catholic schools may be ‘more necessary than ever’: Bishop

Photo Caption: Catholic school principals from around the Diocese of Peoria met in Peoria Aug. 14 to kick off the new academic year with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. By: By Jennifer Willems As they prepared to start another academic year, administrators from schools around the Diocese of Peoria took some […]

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Joy, resolve at groundbreaking for new Family Resources Center

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky is joined by Jan Smith, founder and director of the Family Resources Center, and other dignitaries at groundbreaking ceremonies for the new center on July 26. By: By Jennifer Willems Central Illinois’ parched earth may not be good for corn this summer, but it is expected to yield a bumper crop […]

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