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Love of reading, faith legacy of Pekin teacher

Photo Caption: Pat Graf and her kindergarten students sit beneath a banner they made for a recent Mass. By: By Jennifer Willems PEKIN — Pat Graf isn’t just a teacher. She’s a kindergarten teacher and she says there is an important distinction. “I think kindergarten is totally different from any other grade, mainly because they […]

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53 ‘prayer warrior’ women answer Mary’s invitation

Photo Caption: Gail Mary Cummings places a crown of flowers on the statue of Mary during the DCCW day of reflection May 7 at King’s House, Henry. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Not only does prayer allow people to grow in relationship with God and the Mother of God, but it deepens relationships with […]

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‘Hands of the Lord’: DCCW honors 29 women for service

Photo Caption: Twenty-nine women from 18 parishes were honored at the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual Appreciation Luncheon. By: By Jennifer Willems Without the women who volunteer so many hours to their parish communities, “the diocese would come to a screeching halt,” according to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. On Tuesday, April 21, the […]

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Family is received into church at 8-year-old’s funeral

Photo Caption: Shown in Nauvoo receiving Communion from Father Trosley at the funeral Mass for Alicia Hinojosa, 8, are her parents, Pete and Christa, and their daughter Olivia, 10. By: By Jennifer Willems LOMAX — Resurrection hope came early for Plutarco “Pete” and Christa Hinojosa Jr. and their daughter, Olivia, who were received into the […]

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Thanks flow at final Mass in Pesotum

Photo Caption: About 70 people gathered in St. Joseph’s Church in Pesotum for a final Mass on March 19. By: By Jennifer Willems PESOTUM — As a kid, Marvin Kocher served Mass every day at St. Joseph’s Church in Pesotum, making the three-mile round trip on his bicycle. Now a resident of Springfield, Kocher has […]

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Irish eyes smiling for ‘mother of the year’

Photo Caption: Rosemary McGuire Meade of Geneseo, with her husband, Lorin, by her side, beams as the St. Patrick’s Society Grand Parade XXIV steps off in Rock Island last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems ROCK ISLAND — Coming to Rock Island and taking part in the St. Patrick Society’s Grand Parade is a longtime tradition […]

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Deacons convene, welcome 34 candidates for Class IX

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky joins the candidates for the Diocese of Peoria’s ninth class of permanent deacons on the steps of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Saturday. By: By Jennifer Willems Surrounded by the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria, 34 men aspiring to join them in service to the people of God […]

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Ethics director offers guidance along health care paths

Photo Caption: Birgitta N. Sujdak Mackiewicz is the first director of ethics at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Working in a hospital always seemed to be in Birgitta N. Sujdak Mackiewicz’s future, although serving as the first director of ethics at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria wasn’t […]

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10 commissioned to assist with marriage cases

By: By Jennifer Willems Translating something from English to Spanish isn’t just a matter of finding comparable words. It often involves explaining concepts that may be more difficult to understand than the language, according to Esmeralda Cruz of St. Hyacinth’s Parish, LaSalle. On Saturday, she became the first bilingual notary-auditor to be commissioned for service […]

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