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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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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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‘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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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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168 priests advised on implementing of new Mass texts

By: By Jennifer Willems When Abraham Lincoln penned the Gettysburg Address, he used the words “four score and seven years ago” to establish a framework for his remarks. He could have said “87 years ago,” but the context of that November day in 1863 called for a different tone, a different way of entering into […]

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Muslim-Christian dialogue in Quad Cities promotes peace

By: By Jennifer Willems MOLINE — It didn’t happen on the world stage, but over the last two weeks about 100 Muslim and Christian women in the Quad Cities proved that simple, open dialogue can make all the difference in the world when it comes to peace. “Only with dialogue comes understanding and only with […]

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After tearful goodbyes, Streator Catholics form new parish

By: By Jennifer Willems STREATOR — With every death comes new life and that is the hope the Streator Catholic Community was encouraged to hold on to as parishioners came together for the last Masses at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Church of St. Stephen and the Church of St. Anthony last weekend. […]

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850 pray with Bishop Jenky at Catholic Schools Mass

By: By Jennifer Willems Editor’s note: Photos from the event may be viewed by clicking on either the Post Photos camera icon at left or by visiting the Catholic Post’s Facebook site. With the first few days of school behind them, 850 Catholic school students came from all four corners of the Diocese of Peoria […]

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St. Bede Abbey, Peru, celebrates 100 years of service, witness

Photo Caption: Archabbots, abbots, and monks exchange a sign of peace during a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sept. 6 commemorating the centennial of St. Bede Abbey’s elevation to an independent abbey. By: By Jennifer Willems (For more photos from the celebration as well as from a day at St. Bede Abbey spent by Catholic Post […]

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