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Priest birthdays: April 1 to May 5

14 priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria are celebrating a new year of life in April and early May. Many happy returns to all who will be blowing out candles in the days to come: Father Daniel Gifford (April 1); Father Chase Hilgenbrinck and Father Michael Pica (April 2); Abbot Philip Davey, OSB (April […]

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Magnify Lenten Retreat prepares hearts for Holy Week

Participants in the Magnify Lenten Retreat organized by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women gather on the altar at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on March 9. Provided photo

As we prepare to “magnify” Jesus during our celebrations of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, we shine a light on the Lenten preparation of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW), who held their second annual Magnify Lenten Retreat at St. Mary’s Cathedral on March 9. The two and a half hours were […]

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Holy Week schedule with Bishop Tylka at St. Mary’s Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, located in Peoria at 607 N.E. Madison Ave., is the mother church of the Diocese of Peoria. During Holy Week, Bishop Louis Tylka will preside over the following liturgies and opportunities for prayer at the cathedral: Palm Sunday Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. Chrism […]

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Saint Frances (Mother) Cabrini provides model of service for new center

Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the hallways and rooms of the Mother Cabrini Center at its grand opening on March 18 in Peoria. The center is the new home base of Catholic Charities for the diocese. Diocese of Peoria/Julie Enzenberger

By Paul Thomas Moore of the Catholic Post As Bishop Louis Tylka reminded attendees at the blessing and grand opening of the Mother Cabrini Center on March 18 in Peoria, “As we try to reach out for those who are most in need, often that has to come from the generosity of others.” The new […]

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It’s a marvel! Mid-March superhero saints

By Courtney Grussing, guest columnist PHILO — Through conversations with my four children and their questions, my curiosity and interest in my Catholic faith continues to expand. Each of my kids has varied interests, but they all are interested in learning about saints. This month we celebrate two very important and interesting holy people just […]

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Katie Bogner’s new book “We Have a Pope”

Pope Francis is seen on the loggia, or balcony, of St. Peter's Basilica shortly after his election as pope on March 13, 2013. Catholic News Service Photo/ Paul Haring

Reviewed By Matthew Vander Vennet Habemus papam! “We have a pope!” Those exciting words are waited for each time a papal conclave to elect the next successor to St. Peter takes place in Rome. With those words, the new pontiff emerges onto the loggia (balcony) and takes his place in history. Each papal conclave provides […]

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Plans great, prayers better — “Made for Mission” book review

Reviewed by Father Luke Spannagel Blessed day to you all!  I’m joyful to say I am back again with another book which Bishop Lou has given to the priests of our Diocese.  In Made for Mission, Tim Glemkowski provides another opportunity to grow in our understanding of Evangelization and Discipleship, as well as many practical […]

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Priest assembly hears how “save my church” is becoming “grow disciples”

Bishop Louis Tylka addresses his priests at their spring assembly day on March 5 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The focus of the day was on the ongoing Growing Disciples process. The Catholic Post/ Paul Thomas Moore

By Paul Thomas Moore of the Catholic Post The priests of the Diocese of Peoria gathered for their annual spring assembly day on March 5 in Peoria. The agenda was largely given over to continuing discussion of Growing Disciples, the two-year pastoral planning process that will reach another significant milestone on Sunday, March 10 at […]

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“In search of Lank” — a pilgrim’s progress

John D. Spalding, third cousin of Bishop John L. Spalding, compares profiles and Napoleonic hand-in-coat gestures with a portrait of his relative at Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (Photo provided by Sr. Lea Stefancova, FSJB)

“You look like the Bishop.” He hears that a lot. John D. (David) Spalding, of Middletown, Connecticut, is on the trail for information about John L. (Lancaster) Spalding, the first Bishop of Peoria, his third cousin, three generations removed. But there are times he doesn’t feel very far removed from his distinguished relative at all. […]

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