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Family members describe diocese’s newest priests: kind, caring, loving Jesus/Mary

Newly ordained Father Nicolas Wilson offers a blessing to his parents, Richard and Lori Wilson, and brother Ben during a reception at the Spalding Pastoral Center that followed the ordination Mass on May 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The parents and family members of newly ordained Father Austin Bosse and Father Nicolas Wilson can assure their first parishes they will be served by outstanding young men who love Christ and the church. Asked following the ordination Mass on May 29 for three words to describe their sons or brothers, Father Bosse’s family — […]

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17 parishes in the diocese will host youth program ‘Totus Tuus’ this summer

In this 2018 file photo, Brinley Kluepping gazes up as Tom Anderson, a team member for Totus Tuus, explains the various aspects of Jesus' life and ministry depicted in the stained glass windows at St. Louis in Princeton during a church tour. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Totus Tuus is totally back. Seventeen parishes across the Diocese of Peoria will host the Catholic summer youth program in the coming weeks. Brought to the diocese a decade ago, the program was “online only” last summer as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning. This year, parish leaders are thrilled to welcome it back in-person and […]

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Lessons from the pandemic, as shared by our top Catholic high school graduates

Catholic leaders locally and globally have said we can’t return to “normal” after the pandemic. Marking the one-year anniversary of COVID-19’s disruption of lives in the United States, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka urged us in mid-March to choose “a new way of living” that incorporates deeper faith in Jesus Christ, the lessons learned from the […]

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Fr. Austin Bosse and Fr. Nicolas Wilson are ordained priests for the Diocese of Peoria

Joining Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, (center) for a photo on the balcony of his residence after Mass on May 29 are (from left) Msgr. Paul Showalter, retired vicar general; Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation director of formation; Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general; Father Austin Bosse and Father Nicolas Wilson, newly ordained; Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka; and Father Chase Hilgenbrink, diocesan vocation director of recruitment. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The “best diocese in the world” gained two new priests as Father Austin L. Bosse and Father Nicolas J. Wilson were ordained for the Diocese of Peoria during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on May 29 marked by ancient ritual, soaring music of praise, and periods of joyful, sustained applause. “Carry out […]

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Ordination profile: Deacon Nicolas Wilson knows the Diocese of Peoria well

Deacon Nicolas Wilson is pictured outside the church of his home parish, St. Jude in Peoria. He and Deacon Austin Bosse will be ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Wherever Deacon Nicolas Wilson is assigned to serve in the 26-county Diocese of Peoria after he is ordained to the priesthood on May 29, the odds are good that he’s been there before. The son of Richard and Lori Wilson of Dunlap attended Catholic elementary schools in Chillicothe and Kickapoo and high school at Peoria […]

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Ordination profile: Deacon Austin Bosse finds peace after his ‘yes’ to priesthood

Deacon Austin Bosse is pictured outside St. Matthew Church in Champaign, where he will offer his first Mass the morning after his May 29 ordination to the priesthood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After years of ignoring or saying “no” to inner callings to consider the priesthood, Deacon Austin Bosse realized he was arguing with God and wasn’t going to win that battle. When he finally shared the history of those proddings with Msgr. Brian Brownsey after an Emmaus Days retreat, the priest just laughed. “You know you […]

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This Pentecost feels like a starting line

With its themes of breathing new life into the world and renewal, this Pentecost Sunday — May 23 — may have special significance in 2021 for Catholics as we appear to be emerging from the pandemic in the United States. Many who have been hesitant to attend Mass are doing so again, thanks to vaccinations […]

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Bishop Tylka tells Class of 2021 ‘you have been chosen’ as commencements begin

Members of The High School of Saint Thomas More's Class of 2021 joyfully toss their graduation caps into the air moments after the conclusion of commencement ceremonies at the school on May 15. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CHAMPAIGN — The mortarboards of the Class of 2021 may have been tossed to record heights at The High School of Saint Thomas More here May 15, fueled by the joy the seniors felt to be able to graduate as a class with family members present. That joy was shared by faculty, staff, and guests […]

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“From darkness into Light”: Lexington parish responds in faith to church fire

A bouquet of flowers and a welcoming message for the St. Mary, Lexington, faith community were placed at the entrance to St. Joseph Church the weekend of May 1-2. "We hope you will find comfort here as your beloved church is repaired," the sign reads. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an update to a story originally posted on April 28. LEXINGTON — The interior of St. Mary Church here will be dark for several months following an April 28 fire, but the light of Christ is shining all the brighter outside its walls through the faith-filled members of this parish. “All […]

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