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New Marquette Academy to open in Ottawa Aug. 17

By: By Jennifer Willems OTTAWA — More than 500 students will walk through the doors of the new Marquette Academy on Aug. 17, making it the first school in the Diocese of Peoria to enroll young people from pre-kindergarten through high school. “It will be neat to see them all be Crusaders, to see them […]

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Words of healing, hope at Catholic Charismatic Conference

Photo Caption: “Jesus knows where we need to be healed,” said Father Paul Burak, one of the speakers at the July 30-31 Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems In a world that moves quickly, constantly and with a great deal of noise, the concept of healing can be puzzling. “Healing often […]

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All aspects of high school life are chaplain’s mission field

By: By Jennifer Willems Students at Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria have access to a resource that students in many other dioceses don’t: chaplains. “We have the luxury of having guys in there full time. That says something about our diocese,” said Father Patrick Henehan, who for 10 years was the chaplain […]

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Canton parish pantry fills hearts, stomachs for 25 years

By: By Jennifer Willems CANTON — Robert Nagy said life would be a little more difficult without the help he receives each Friday from the food pantry at St. Mary’s Church here. “I’m on disability, Social Security. I don’t get much from the state,” he said. “This helps me provide for my child — I […]

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Champaign nun’s “Little Book of Plane Prayers” takes off

By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — Traveling and writing are all in a day’s ministry for Sister Agnes Cunningham, SSCM. A patristics scholar who was one of the first women theologians to teach at Mundelein Seminary, the major seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Agnes has often found herself flying for committee work, to […]

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End-of-life issues and care topic for women in Danville

By: By Jennifer Willems DANVILLE — Those who attended a day of reflection that was sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and hosted by St. Paul’s Church had some sobering thoughts to take into Mass and adoration on June 30. The theme for the day focused on end-of-life issues and care for […]

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29 priests honored June 23 at diocese’s Jubilarian Mass

By: By Jennifer Willems It’s true that the Year for Priests ended last weekend, but it wasn’t evident last Wednesday as 29 priests were honored for their years of service to the people of God in central Illinois, and two newly ordained priests were welcomed. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated the annual Jubilarian Mass […]

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Spirituality of catechists key to passing on faith: speakers

By: By Jennifer Willems They used different images and invoked different spiritual influences, but the three men who talked to the catechists about spirituality at the 2010 Diocesan Summer Institute agreed on the basics: those involved in faith formation must know that they are children of God and allow themselves to be filled with God’s […]

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‘Different’ Summer Institute accomplishes goal for catechists

Photo Caption: Deacon Michael Mannino of Galesburg and his wife, Molly, look over catechetical resourses offered by exhibitors at the 2010 Summer Institute. By: By Jennifer Willems Mission accomplished. Dr. Vincent McClean, director of the Office of Catechetics, said he was very pleased with the feedback from the reconfigured 2010 Diocesan Summer Institute, which was […]

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