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‘Ahead of his time’: Father Ed Dowling and the great gift of accompanying others

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar Dawn Eden Goldstein’s 2022 book, “Father Ed: The Story of Bill W’s Spiritual Sponsor,” tells the story of Father Ed Dowling, a Jesuit priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis whose passion for accompanying the suffering led him to friendship with Bill Wilson, one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Demonstrating […]

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Start Christmas shopping early, then enter fully into the season of Advent

Columnist Katie Faley hopes early shopping helps her save "mental energy and all that time for what really matters -- entering into the season of Advent, preparing the way of the Lord, and opening the door to the inn of my heart for the baby Jesus." (CNS/Reuters)

Cause of Our Joy / By Katie Faley It’s Dec. 23, I’ve only just finished my Christmas shopping, I’m feverishly wrapping presents, I’m tired and worn out, cursing myself for waiting until the last minute yet again, and I’m promising myself that I’m going to start my Christmas shopping in October next year. But of […]

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Pay attention, take stock, be prepared

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 12 Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 It’s that time of year again. In much of the country, the leaves are falling (or have fallen), nights are lengthening, frost is appearing on the ground — and the […]

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‘Abide in Me’ diocese-wide retreat helps youth draw near to Jesus and Mary

Mia Birk of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria places a crown of flowers on a statue of Mary during the diocese-wide "Abide in Me" youth retreat at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills on Nov. 4. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore GERMANTOWN HILLS — Mia Birk had the honor of crowning Mary at the “Abide in Me” diocese-wide youth retreat at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish on Nov. 4. Once down from the stepladder, it was time to join the other students for a group game and break time before Mass. “I […]

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‘The Parish: A Community Formed for Mission’ is topic Sunday at St. Ann, Peoria

Father Matthew O'Donnell

“The Parish: A Community Formed for Mission” is the theme of a presentation to follow the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Ann Parish in Peoria this Sunday, Nov. 12. Leading the brief reflection and subsequent discussion will be Father Matthew O’Donnell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The public is invited, and lunch is […]

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Sr. Subha Clare, OSF, professes perpetual vows as a Heading Avenue Franciscan

Sister Subha Clare, OSF, is pictured with Bishop Louis Tylka after professing perpetual vows as a Sister of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 15 at the West Peoria motherhouse.

Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, professed her perpetual vows as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans) on Oct. 15 at Immaculate Conception Convent in West Peoria. The vow ceremony took place during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka. In the name of the congregation, Sister […]

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Eucharist-inspired hymn to debut at Festival Choir’s concert Nov. 12 in Peoria

Mary Ann Fahey-Darling directs the St. Anthony Camerata Festival Choir in this image from the choir's Facebook page.

“Be Thou My Vision” is the theme of a concert by the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir of the Diocese of Peoria planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. Mark Church in Peoria. The program will feature the premiere performance of “Communion Prayer,” written by Patricia Morris of St. Vincent de […]

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It’s ‘welcome home’ as renovated St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center is blessed

Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the lounge and reception area at the newly renovated St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal during ceremonies on Oct. 29. The center serves Catholic students at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Heartland Community College. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody NORMAL — St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center, the spiritual home for thousands of Catholic college students in Bloomington-Normal, feels a lot more “homey” following a major renovation. “It looks a little different, huh?” asked Bishop Louis Tylka as hundreds in attendance got their first glimpse of the improvements during blessing […]

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Lay evangelist urges priests to ‘personally disciple’ their staffs and parishioners

Lay evangelist Michael Gormley offered ways priests of the diocese could offer personal discipleship in an age of larger parishes during his keynote presenations at Priest Assembly Days. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody Forming disciples for Jesus Christ is not done via “conveyor belt” but through personal accompaniment, a lay evangelist told priests of the Diocese of Peoria during their Assembly Days on Oct. 17. “The mission of parish priests and your lay staffs who work on the pastoral side is to carry out the […]

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