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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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Communicants gather

It seemed only natural for Joseph Abbey, 8, to return to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Saturday to receive his first Communion from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. After all, his family belongs to the parish and the bishop had baptized him during the Easter Vigil there in 2007. What made this special day […]

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‘Post’ earns two Catholic press awards

TORONTO — The Catholic Post received national awards for excellence in writing and design during a Catholic Media Convention here last week.Jennifer Willems, assistant editor, garnered second place in the “Best Personality Profile” category of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada’s 2008 Press Awards, announced at the convention’s closing banquet May […]

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‘Blessed day’: Diocese adds six priests

Photo Caption: The new priests join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in blessing the assembly at the end of the more than two-hour liturgy. By: Jared Olar A standing-room-only crowd packed St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 24, to celebrate the ordination of the Diocese of Peoria’s six newest priests and two transitional deacons. “What […]

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