Transitional deacons ordained: joyful witnesses to Christ

Newly-ordained Deacon Francis Strong is assisted in the vesting of his dalmatic (deacon’s robe) by Father Paul Carlson, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Oglesby at the transitional diaconate ordination May 18 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

“God knows, we need you.” That was the core message delivered by Bishop Louis Tylka to the three new transitional deacons — and by extension to everyone in the diocese — at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 18. In his homily at the ordination Mass for transitional deacons Ben Schoonmaker, Francis Strong and Jack Watt, […]

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Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, celebrates 60th anniversary

Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, major superior to the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, processes from the OSF motherhouse chapel at the conclusion of the Mass for her 60th anniversary jubilee celebration. Behind her is Sister Agnes Joseph, OSF, assistant major superior, and following to her right is Father Patrick Henehan, pastor of St. Jude Parish, Peoria, and diocesan vocation director of formation. To her left is Father Timothy Hepner, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Monmouth. Photo: Mary Louise Moore

EAST PEORIA — “Sister Judith Ann is a good sister who has embodied the gospel.” These were the words spoken about Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, by Bishop Louis Tylka, diocese of Peoria, during the Mass celebrating her 60th anniversary as a Sister of the Third Order of St. Francis. The Mass and jubilee celebration […]

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Graduation Masses, ceremonies begin for 410 seniors at catholic schools in diocese

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for the eight Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria from May 17 to 26, with diplomas being awarded to 410 seniors. The High School of St. Thomas More, Champaign, will hold its Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at St. John’s Newman Center. The […]

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“Well-done” Philo steak dinner fundraiser a “rare” success

The Catholic Charities Community Advisory Board of Champaign and Piatt Counties held their annual steak dinner fundraiser at Philo Tavern in Philo on April 28th. St. Thomas More students helped to serve 130 guests and net proceeds to Catholic Charities totaled $3,800. From left are Renee Mullen (mom to Natasha), Hadassah, Rina, Natasha, Indiana, Miles, […]

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Three await ordination as transitional deacons on Saturday, May 18

Three seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria will make one of the biggest transitions of their lives as they move one step closer to the priesthood through ordination as transitional deacons on Saturday, May 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. by Bishop Louis Tylka. As the […]

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Rose Awards encourage young women “who actively live their Catholic faith”

Women at the PDCCW “Prayer, Honor and Blessings” event on May 11 process to the grotto at St. Mary of Lourdes, Germantown Hills after Mass. In the foreground is one of the Rose Award scholarship recipients, Kayla Ratermann, of St. Paul Parish in Macomb. Provided photo/Andrea Ratermann

St. Mary of Lourdes Church and grotto in Germantown Hills was the setting for the May 11 morning of “Prayer, Honor, and Blessings,” sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) and Women Connect. Women and girls throughout the diocese were invited to participate in the celebration which included Mass and prayers, followed […]

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Celebrating 40th anniversary priestly jubilarians May 12

Continuing with the jubiliarian recognitions that began with Bishop Jenky’s 50th anniversary of ordination on April 6, May 12 marks 40 years of priesthood for Father Raymond Guthrie and Father William Miller. Father Raymond Guthrie The oldest of Raymond and Dorothy Guthrie’s five children, Father Guthrie was born in Chicago on Jan. 31, 1954. He […]

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