The writing legacy of Harry Williams

Harry Williams wrote hundreds of weekly, faith-based reflections that can be accessed at

The late Jesuit Father John Hardon believed that writing is a great asset to the spiritual life. “To be convinced of the worth of writing, daily — if only a few words — is to have made a giant stride on the road to sanctity,” he wrote in 1998. The reasons Father Hardon lists are […]

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“The 355” (Universal)

Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain and Lupita Nyong'o star in a scene from the movie "The 355." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Robert Viglasky, Universal Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Who needs one James Bond when you can have five Jane Bonds? That’s the premise behind this entertaining thriller featuring a quintet of lady spies, directed by Simon Kinberg. Global disaster looms when mercenaries acquire a cyber weapon that destabilizes technology with a single touch. Governments from the United States to […]

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Bishop Tylka’s January parish prayer list

Bishop Tylka was scheduled to pray for Epiphany Parish, whose church is pictured here, on Jan. 3. (Photo from

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name, as well as the religious communities serving in central Illinois. Everyone is invited to join Bishop Tylka in praying for the following parishes and religious communities that are being remembered in January: Jan. 1: Our Lady of the Lake […]

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Local author Bogner takes children, adults ‘Through the Year with Mary’

Katie Bogner holds a copy of her new book, "Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children." A popular blogger at, Bogner is the director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Parish in Lacon and a junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria. (Provided photo)

Reviewed by Katie Faley “Through the Year with Mary: Ponder and Pray Together with Children” is a grand way to start 2022. Katie Bogner, local author and active Catholic young adult, wrote this definitive companion for living out the entire year with the Mother of God. It is the follow up to her first book, […]

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St. Patrick, Urbana, postpones planned screenings of ‘The Chosen’ episodes

Catholic actor Jonathan Roumie, who plays Christ in the series "The Chosen," is pictured in a promotional poster for the series. (CNS/The Chosen)

UPDATE — The screenings described below have been postponed until further notice because of the COVID-19 surge. The parish plans to reschedule the series in the near future.   URBANA — The first eight episodes of “The Chosen,” a television drama about the life of Christ, will be shown on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 11, in St. […]

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Paul Thomas Moore: Mercy me! My (Christian) bucket list runneth over

"Works of Mercy" by Pierre Montailler, 1680. (Public Domain)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Thomas Moore Around this time of the rolling year, New Year’s resolutions are everywhere. Sometimes these promises-to-oneself merge with long-term goals we have for our lives, as epitomized by the popular, if somewhat inelegant concept of the “bucket list” — as in things we hope to do before […]

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Every nation will adore the Lord, but it will take the witness of each of us

Kim Padan

Living the Word / By Kim Padan Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord / Jan. 2 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 As a child, I remember the joy of leaving Christmas decorations up through Jan. 6, the traditional date for the Feast of the Epiphany. Some people thought we were odd, but […]

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Fr. Spilman dies on Christmas Day; funeral Mass will be in Spring Valley on Dec. 30

Father Robert Spilman

SPRING VALLEY — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30, at The Nativity of Our Lord Parish (St. Anthony Church) here for Father Robert Spilman, former pastor and a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Spilman died Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2021, at St. Joseph […]

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