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Peoria Cursillo-TEC center blessed and opened at Holy Family Convent site

In the palanca chapel of the new Peoria Cursillo-TEC Center during an open house on Aug. 8, Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, assistant spiritual director of Peoria Cursillo, leads applause for Tim Petz, who coordinated a volunteer effort to prepare the former Holy Family Convent in Peoria for its new use. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“This is our new home.” With those words, a few prayers, and generous sprinkles of holy water, Msgr. Gerald Ward blessed the new location for Peoria Cursillo and Teens Encounter Christ offices, palanca/wheat chapel, and team formation rooms. “This is a place where we will proclaim the Kingdom of God in many ways in our […]

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A grateful editor at career’s sunset

Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post for 32 years and on staff since 1979, has announced plans to retire this fall. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On a few occasions in the course of my 43-plus years on the staff of The Catholic Post, I’ve gotten personal in this space. When a local Catholic cemetery reserved an area for the remains of infants lost to miscarriage, I shared the pain of two such experiences in my marriage. As the world was […]

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Bishop Tylka announces 2-year pastoral planning process, “Growing Disciples”

This is the logo for "Growing Disciples," a two-year pastoral planning process in the Diocese of Peoria announced on Aug. 3 by Bishop Louis Tylka.

With enthusiasm and an invitation for wide participation, Bishop Louis Tylka on Aug. 3 announced the Diocese of Peoria is embarking on a two-year pastoral planning process “to move further into the mission which Christ has given us: to go make disciples.” The initiative, called “Growing Disciples,” will assess the current network of parishes and […]

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Lively question-and-answer sessions with Bishop Tylka at summer’s Emmaus Days

Hands go up as Bishop Louis Tylka fields questions from retreatants at Emmaus Days Session IV at Peoria Notre Dame High School on July 22. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The questions came at Bishop Louis Tylka in rapid succession — almost one a minute during two half-hour sessions at Emmaus Days this month at Peoria Notre Dame High School. What’s the hardest decision you’ve made as a bishop so far? Has Pope Francis told you when Fulton Sheen will be beatified? How much do […]

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Largest Emmaus Days in a decade as 162 encounter Jesus, consider vocations

Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocation director for recruitment, leads an Emmaus Days session outside St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign. (Provided photo)

That 162 boys and young men took part in the four sessions of Emmaus Days this summer in the Diocese of Peoria — the most in a decade — was “incredible.” But there was another number even more satisfying to the seminarian leaders of the vocation awareness retreats sponsored by the diocese’s Office of Vocations. […]

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OSF HealthCare, Illinois CancerCare announce ‘enhanced collaboration’

The entrance to the Peoria Cancer Center on Wood Sage Road in Peoria shows the close physical relationship between OSF HealthCare and Illinois CancerCare. The two independent entities announced an enhanced collabortion at a press conference on July 21. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

OSF HealthCare and Illinois CancerCare have announced an “enhanced collaboration” to better deliver comprehensive cancer care for patients and their families in regions served by both independent entities. At a July 21 press conference in the Path of Hope Tribute Garden outside Illinois CancerCare’s main location in northwest Peoria, the new relationship was called “a […]

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“We will win Illinois for Life,” rally-goers say at post-Dobbs March for Life Chicago

A woman makes her feelings known as she walks with hundreds of others down Michigan Avenue on July 9 during March for Life Chicago’s “Dobbs March and Rally.” The event focused on pro-life advocacy in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision and the overturn of Roe v. Wade. (Provided photo/Spirit Juice Studios)

CHICAGO — Gratitude for last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, resolve to reverse abortion politics in Illinois, and renewed pledges to offer women life-affirming choices blended as hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon for March for Life Chicago’s “Dobbs March and Rally.” The event focused on pro-life advocacy in the wake of the […]

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On her 108th birthday, Camilla Hopper requested the greatest gift: a Mass

Camilla Hopper is flanked by Father Austin Bosse and Deacon Patrick Wille after a special Mass celebrated on July 5 --- her 108th birthday --- at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Leonore. (Provided photo/Eliza Smith)

LEONORE — When you’ve had 108 birthdays, you’re entitled to make your gift requests known. For Camilla Hopper, perhaps the oldest Catholic in the Diocese of Peoria who turned 108 on July 5, that list was short and the same as her request a year ago: a special Mass that she and about 20 members […]

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Bloomington parish, Knights lend hands, funds for Habitat for Humanity house

Bishop Louis Tylka and others place their hands on a wall of the newly built Habitat for Humanity house at 707 W. Locust St. in Bloomington during a prayer of blessing on July 9. The bishop is flanked by Father Dustin Schultz, pastor, and Father Martin Mwongyera, parochial vicar, of St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, which sponsored the home-building project with the rebate money from the parish’s Annual Diocesan Appeal. At far left is Roger Scott, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of McLean County. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Standing in a circle of support in the living room of his family’s new home during blessing ceremonies on July 9, Fidele Makala offered a litany of gratitude. “Our family would like to express how excited we are for this blessing,” said Makala, moments after receiving the keys to a house built by […]

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Amanda Connon is director of diocese’s new Office of Information Management

Amanda Connon, director of the Diocese of Peoria's new Office of Information Management, is pictured in her office on the second floor of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“I’m like a super-nerd,” says Amanda Connon. “I love organizing things.” Bishop Louis Tylka saw that skill in Connon as she recently did volunteer work gathering information and creating databases for the Diocese of Peoria. And he recognized the high school music teacher would be a good candidate to help solve some shortcomings in how […]

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