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Fathers Leclercq, Shea granted senior status

Two priests of the Diocese of Peoria have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Father M. Duane Leclercq, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Granville, and St. Patrick’s Parish, Hennepin, will be honored at a celebration in Granville on Monday evening, May 19. He was also recognized with a party last Sunday […]

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One Special Person’s First Communion

Photo Caption: David Conrad, shown with his mother Kathy, made his first Communion last Wednesday during Special Persons Encounter Christ’s final Mass of the school year at Christ the King Church in Moline. By: Jared Olar MOLINE — Songs, laughter and joy filled Christ the King Church during the concluding Mass of Special Persons Encounter […]

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Memories of Flood of ’93

Following the path of the record flood waters this week from devastated central Iowa to the Mississippi River along the Diocese of Peoria’s western border — and now points south — has been like watching a disaster unfold in slow motion. And for those of us who saw or lived through the Flood of 1993 […]

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Pope’s biographer shares insights, advice

By: By Jared Olar The pontificate of the late Pope John Paul II was a stabilizing influence that can enable Catholics in the United States to “seize the Catholic moment” and shape the culture for the better. So said George Weigel at a special gathering of clergy from throughout the diocese last Thursday afternoon at […]

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Flooding reaches diocese

Photo Caption: Father John Thieryoung, pastor of St. Mary’s Mission in Keithsburg, and parishioner Gary Shaw survey rising floodwaters in the Mercer County village on Monday. By: Tom Dermody and Jared Olar KEITHSBURG — Father John Thieryoung looked at the houses and businesses inundated by water in this Mississippi River village in Mercer County and […]

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Sinners, outcasts

By: Barbara Roedel Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 8 Hosea 6:3-6; Psalm 50:1,8,12-13,14-15;Romans 4:18-25; Matthew 9:9-13 Today’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus inviting Matthew, a tax collector, to follow him. This invitation is discussed over a meal with Jesus and his disciples, Matthew and other tax collectors, and sinners. When the Pharisees observed […]

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Clergy appointments

Father Anthony Bernas, from parochial vicar, Sacred Heart Parish, Moline, to parochial vicar, St. Mary’s Parish, Kewanee, and St. John Vianney Mission, Cambridge Father Gary Blake, newly ordained, to parochial vicar, Holy Cross Parish, Mendota, and Sts. Peter and Paul’s Parish, Peterstown Father Luis Escalante to administrator, St. Mary of the Woods Parish, Princeville, and […]

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Reactions: thrilled, overjoyed, blessed beyond imagination

The joy of the Ordination Mass on May 24 carried into a luncheon and reception in the bishop’s garden outside the cathedral, where families and friends congratulated the newly ordained. Deb Collins, mother of Father Dustin Schultz, said she was “ecstatic” at her son’s ordination. “He’s worked very hard for this,” she said. “He’s going […]

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Bishop honors 150 at annual diocesan Mass

Whether the goal is being a good Scout or being a good Christian, it takes much more than just “wearing the uniform.” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, shared that message of the fundamental importance of commitment with the nearly 150 Scouts and adult Scout leaders whose accomplishments and service were recognized Sunday during the Diocesan […]

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