Loving hearts, helping hands needed as hospice volunteers

By: By Jennifer Willems When Kelly Stegall told people that she would be working as the Peoria volunteer coordinator for OSF Home Care Services, she got two reactions. “People would be coming out of the woodwork saying, ‘Hospice is great! We don’t know what we would have done without them,’” she recalled. The second response […]

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As her reception into church nears, anticipation grows

By: By Jennifer Willems EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third part in a series following Connie Burek of Brimfield as she prepares to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Here she talks about prayer, the ways the RCIA process has enriched a lifetime of faith, and a […]

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Utica woman gets prayer, funding help for religious vocation

By: By Jennifer Willems UTICA — Anyone who doubts the power of prayer to bring about vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life has only to look at Erin Mone. “I’ve been to Mass all over the diocese and I always hear people pray for vocations. I feel like I’m the fruit of their prayers,” […]

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Candidates, catechumens, friends fill cathedral twice for rites

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky greets Christian Romo, preparing to be baptized with his mother, Annette, and three siblings at the Easter Vigil at Corpus Christi, Galesburg. Cynthia Edmonson does the introduction. By: By Jennifer Willems When she heard Jesus calling, Danielle Brandstatter of Granville was working as an assistant cook at Nazareth House in rural […]

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450 women of faith something to “Behold” at conference

By: By Jennifer Willems WASHINGTON — The sounds of babies cooing and burbling, and women laughing and occasionally sniffling and wiping away tears mixed with words of wisdom, words of prayer and words of song to fill the Caterpillar Performing Arts Theatre at Five Points here for “Behold! A Catholic Conference on the Dignity and […]

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Day of Summer Institute to be devoted to changes in Mass texts

By: By Jennifer Willems Even as parishioners across the Diocese of Peoria prepare to enter Lent, plans are well under way to make certain that they will be ready to welcome the new translations of the Roman Missal by the first Sunday of Advent. One major educational effort will take place at the Summer Institute […]

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St. Bede Abbey, Peru, plans major senior housing development

By: By Jennifer Willems PERU — In an effort to support its monastic community and its ministry to the people of the Diocese of Peoria and beyond, St. Bede Abbey intends to develop about 80 acres of its property for senior housing. The first phase would be an assisted living center with 70 units, including […]

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‘Growing diocese’ to welcome hundreds for Rite of Election

By: By Jennifer Willems When nearly 1,500 people come together at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria next Sunday for the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion, they will witness “an outward sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Peoria.” “The bishop has recently made the comment that […]

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St. Jude’s, Peoria, plans parish-school expansion

By: By Jennifer Willems “Building God’s Kingdom” is the theme for a capital campaign that will provide funding for construction of a 32,000-square-foot expansion for St. Jude’s Church and School in Peoria. Parishioners are learning the details for the $6 million project in a series of 12 informational receptions that are taking place through the […]

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