Two will be ordained to the priesthood for diocese at cathedral Mass on May 29

The two men to be ordained to the priesthood on May 29 at pictured in the churches of their home parishes. Deacon Austin Bosse is in St. Matthew Church, Champaign, while Deacon Nicolas Wilson is in St. Jude Church, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Two men will be ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during an Ordination Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The ordinands and their home parishes are: Deacon Austin Bosse, 34, of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, and Deacon Nicolas Wilson, […]

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New assignments are announced for 25 priests; Fr. John Burns to senior status

Father John Burns, who was granted senior status on March 1, is pictured with gifts he received May 2 from members of the three parishes he served since 2005 -- St. John the Apostle in Woodhull, St. John the Evangelist in Galva, and St. John Vianney in Cambridge. The gifts included a handcrafted Hemlock wood portable altar, a handmade missal stand, altar linens and a blud vesperal cloth. (Provided photo)

Twenty-five priests are receiv­ing new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (Click here for the full list.) While most of the appoint­ments take effect on Wednesday, June 9, the transition to senior status of Father John Burns, 75, was granted on March 1. Father Burns had […]

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Assignments include Fr. Burns to senior status, Fr. Laible to military archdiocese

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty-five priests are receiving new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Following is the full list, while a background story with additional details is found here. Father John Burns, from pastor, St. John the Apostle Parish, Woodhull; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Galva; and […]

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Katie Faley: Walking in the footsteps of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Mother’s Day

Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife and mother who was widowed at the age of 29 in 1803. Despite great hardships, she went on to do amazing work, and eventually became the first American-born saint in 1975. (Photo from

Cause of Our Joy / Katie Faley Have you ever had a saint follow you around? As if popping up in the most unexpected places throughout your life to say, “I’m praying for you!” That has been St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in my life. Four years ago, after being accepted into graduate school, I was […]

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Bishop Tylka’s June parish prayer calendar

Bishop Tylka will pray for three parishes under the patronage on St. Anthony in June. First will be St. Anthony Parish in Atkinson (pictured) on the saint's June 12 feast, followed by St. Anthony Parish, Matherville, and St. Anthony Parish, Hoopeston, the following two days.

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious communities active […]

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Why do we need the Holy Spirit?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Pentecost/May 23 Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; Veni Sancte Spiritus; John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. Jesus promises the Paraclete in the Gospel according to John. St. Luke does more than any of […]

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Drive-up baby shower in Rock Island Saturday benefits Women’s Choice Center

The Women's Choice Center is a pro-life outreach located in Bettendorf, Iowa. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — The Christ Child Society of the Quad Cities will host a “Red Wagon Drive-Up Baby Shower” on Saturday, May 15. All donations will benefit the Women’s Choice Center in Bettendorf, Iowa. Items may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Pius X Church, 2502 29th Ave., in Rock Island, […]

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Dan Burke to lead half-day retreat on May 15 at St. Louis Church in Princeton

Dan Burke

PRINCETON — “Setting the Captives Free — Spiritual Warfare and Discernment of Spirits” is the theme for a half-day retreat planned for Saturday, May 15, at St. Louis Church, 616 S. Gosse Blvd. It will be given by Dan Burke, president and founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. In addition to his work […]

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