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Schools explore how to better service Hispanic families

By: By Jennifer Willems Seventy percent of practicing Catholics under the age of 35 are Hispanic, and Latinos represent the fast growing school-age population in the country. Why is it, then, that only 3 percent of those children attend Catholic schools? Principals, pastors, teachers and education commission members from Catholic schools around the Diocese of […]

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Joan Weber to direct Chicago province of women’s group

By: By Jennifer Willems Joan Weber may not be the president of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women anymore — she installed her successor, Nympha White of Grand Ridge, at the organization’s Oct. 16 convention — but her service to women of faith in Illinois isn’t done quite yet. For the next two years […]

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Renovation project builds community at St. Paul’s, Danville

By: By Jennifer Willems DANVILLE — Giving thanks is something that comes naturally to the members of St. Paul’s Parish here. Not only have they been marking the 100th anniversary of their founding this year, but they have a beautifully redecorated church in which to do it. That will stand them in good stead as […]

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Trip to Rome was especially meaningful for Bishop Jenky

By: By Jennifer Willems When the Holy Cross “family” gathered in Rome to celebrate the canonization of one of their own, St. Andre Bessette, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was there and it was a special moment for him not just as a Holy Cross priest but as spiritual leader of the Diocese of Peoria. […]

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Senior Priest status for Msgr. Robert W. O’Connor, 87

By: By Jennifer Willems LEWISTOWN — For 50 years, Msgr. Robert W. O’Connor has made his home among the people of St. Mary’s in Lewistown and St. Michael’s in St. David and being named a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria isn’t going to change that very much. He is in the process of […]

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Newman chapel dedicated; center renamed for Pope John Paul II

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, prays just inside the doors of the new Chapel of St. Robert Bellarmine at the start of the Dedication Mass in Normal Nov. 7. By: By Jennifer Willems NORMAL — Filled to overflowing with people, praise and gratitude, the new Chapel of St. Robert Bellarmine on the campus […]

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East Moline ‘prayer warrior’ keeps faith alive at 100

By: By Jennifer Willems EAST MOLINE — Even during casual conversation, Ann Tilton has a rosary in her hands. It’s wrapped inconspicuously around her left wrist and she fingers it in a very natural way as she talks. “I just love to pray the rosary,” she shares with a broad smile, confiding that many times […]

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Diocese’s Catholic women urged to take place in public debate

By: By Jennifer Willems Inspired by the Declaration of Independence and his faith, Martin Luther King Jr. was not afraid to proclaim to anyone who would listen that we are all heirs to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Catholics must not hesitate to stand up and tell people what they […]

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‘Let My People Come’ series: continuing ed for catechists

By: By Jennifer Willems You don’t have to wait for the Diocesan Summer Institute next June to learn more about sacramental preparation, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or your Catholic faith in general. In fact, Dr. Vincent McClean hopes you won’t. The director of the diocesan Office of Catechetics, McClean has been working […]

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‘Don’t check faith at door,’ health care workers told

By: By Jennifer Willems Tough decisions, turning points and words of encouragement were shared by the keynote speakers at this year’s Diocesan Health Care Conference. The theme was “Personal Integration of Faith in Clinical Practice: Offering Hope and Perspective.” Offering that hope and perspective were Dr. Diane Dunniway of Peoria, a clinical instructor for the […]

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