Office of Catholic Schools year-end Mass & recognitions May 7

Priests, as diocesan faith leaders, were out in force to concelebrate Mass with Bishop Tylka and support their school leaders at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 7. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

The Office of Catholic Schools annual year-end celebration for school administrators on May 7 — National Teacher Appreciation Day — began appropriately with the celebration of Holy Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria by Bishop Louis Tylka. In his homily, Bishop Tylka said that as he prepared to celebrate this Mass for school administrators, […]

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Priest birthdays: May 7 to May 30

18 priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria are celebrating a birthday from May 7 – May 30, including our Bishop Lou! Monsignor Michael Bliss (May 7); Father Peter Okola, AJ, and Father Robert Schladen (May 8); Father Antonio Dittmer (May 9); Father Daniel Dionesotes, Father William Miller, and Father Bowan Schmitt (May 12); Father […]

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Epiphany Catholic School rededicates to future — and to Mary

Faces of anticipation and contemplation as second-graders Cisco Head and Gianna Foster await their roles in the crowning of Mary at the rededication Mass celebrating the completion of renovations to Epiphany Catholic School in Normal on April 30. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

By Paul Thomas Moore of The Catholic Post Online NORMAL — In a world of change, Epiphany Catholic School in Normal is moving into the future in Jesus’ Name, while holding Mary’s hand. That was the message illustrated during the rededication Mass giving thanks for the school’s renovations and new additions at Epiphany Catholic Church […]

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Love wears many hats in Geneseo

The students at St. Malachy Catholic School in Geneseo model hats knitted for them by their “lunch lady” Chelsie Pettie. Katrina Jensen/St. Malachy School

By Kimberly Souba for The Catholic Post Online GENESEO — When Chelsie Pettie, a cafeteria worker employed by Geneseo Public School District arrived at her post at St. Malachy Catholic School here last month, she had no idea of the distinction she was about to receive. Pettie, who has served lunch to St. Malachy students […]

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On Eagle’s Wings: Aledo teen’s restored grotto beautifies St. Catherine Church

Ray Leon proudly stands at the beautiful new grotto that is now located on the south lawn of St. Catherine Church. The new stone wall serves as a backdrop to the restored statues of Our Blessed Mother and the children of Fatima. Supplied photo

By Courtney Grussing for The Catholic Post Online   ALEDO — St. Catherine Church in Aledo has a renovated Our Lady of Fatima grotto thanks to 15-year-old Ray Leon. As part of his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project, Ray designed and rebuilt a new stone grotto that now serves as a peaceful spot for […]

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Dr. Jerry Sanderson appointed diocesan superintendent of schools

The Most Reverend Louis Tylka, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jerry Sanderson as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Sanderson has been serving as interim superintendent since January 31. Since 2001, he held the position of associate superintendent in the Office of Catholic Schools, where he assisted […]

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Peoria Diocese front and center at March for Life

Joshua Pierce (near right), is with U of I classmates in the front flank of a crowd of thousands preparing to peacefully march through downtown Springfield to uphold the value of every human life. “Surrounded by my friends, I’ve been treated like other able-bodied people. I’m really thankful and grateful for that,” said Pierce, who is wheelchair bound. The Catholic Post Online/ Paul Thomas Moore

SPRINGFIELD — During his homily at the Mass for Illinois March for Life participants at Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois on April 17, Joliet Bishop Ronald Hicks asked what seemed like a simple question: “Where do you live?” One by one, Bishop Hicks invited people from the various dioceses in […]

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Women, “backbone of our parishes,” honored at volunteer recognition day

Bishop Louis Tylka stands with volunteers being honored for their volunteer service after Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 12. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

On April 12 in Peoria, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) gathered to recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers across the diocese. As outgoing president Mary Ann Hughes said at a luncheon at Spalding Pastoral Center following Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, “I want to . . . thank all the honorees who […]

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Fr. Edward Harkrader, 94, Purple Heart recipient, dies; funeral April 19

Father Edward Harkrader

Father Edward O. Harkrader, 94, died April 1, 2024, at Accolade Healthcare in Peoria. Father Harkrader – Father Ed – was born in Peoria on Sept. 30, 1930, and attended Peoria public schools, graduating from Peoria High School in 1948. He then attended Bradley University, graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science. […]

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