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Sister Prema, head of the Missionaries of Charity, visits Sisters and supporters here

Sister Mary Prema Pierick, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, is seen fourth from left in this photo with members of her community serving in Peoria after a Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral on July 17. Also pictured are Father Jeremy Freehill (left), Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Father Alex Millar. (Provided photo/Christu Raj)

The rosary is a holy “weapon” that strengthens the Missionaries of Charity as they bring the love and compassion of God to the most neglected and unwanted, the head of the worldwide religious community founded by St. Teresa of Kolkata said in a visit to Peoria on July 17. “When you saw Mother, you always […]

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Lacon parish to celebrate 150 years since church’s dedication with Mass on Aug. 17

A sign outside Immauclate Conception Church in Lacon calls to mind that this is the building's 150th year of serving "faith, family, and the community." (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LACON — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will be the principal celebrant of a 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Aug. 17, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of Immaculate Conception Church here. “Our invitation is very open,” said Father John Bosco Mujuni, who is in his second year as pastor. That welcome is specially […]

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Sister Ana Pia now full-time director of Office of Evangelization, Faith Formation

Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM

As Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, guided Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria throughout most of this decade, she was sometimes asked to take on additional duties in areas such as Respect Life and Hispanic ministry. A diocesan office she has led since the departure of former director Shirley Plaag last summer — Evangelization […]

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Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, named director of diocese’s Catholic Charities

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, has been named director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. An experienced social worker and educator who for six years served as principal of St. Mary’s Cathedral School in an impoverished section of Miami called Little Haiti, Sister Michelle succeeds Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, who has guided Catholic […]

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‘No hands or eyes but yours’

A sign with a Scripture verse has been hung on a vandalized statue of Jesus in Serenity Park on Peoria's south side. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

During World War II, a French village lost a beloved statue of Christ in a bombing raid. The villagers managed to rebuild the statue, except for its hands. Those pieces were never found in the rubble. Finally, the villagers placed a plaque on the statue with the inscription, “I have no hands but yours.” The […]

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Biking for Babies team spreads pro-life mission and joy in ride through diocese

Members of the Biking for Babies "Northern Missionaries" team pose July 11 outside St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria during an overnight stop on their ride from Green Bay to St. Louis. The previous night, the riders stopped in Ottawa, attending Mass at St. Patrick Church and sharing their mission at a potluck dinner. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After 13 flat tires, two spills, a series of 4:15 a.m. wake-up calls, and four days of riding 100 miles — including one day in weather that felt like more than 100 degrees — why were members of a Biking for Babies team that passed through the Diocese of Peoria last week smiling? “It’s been […]

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A photo editorial

The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, are seen June 24 after they drowned in the Rio Grande in Matamoro, Mexico, while trying to reach the United States. (CNS/Reuters)

Nine days before the United States celebrated Independence Day, a photo from our southern border stirred emotions and debate about the kind of nation we are 243 years after our founding. “This image cries to heaven for justice,” wrote two leaders of the Catholic bishops in the U.S. after the above photo appeared on news […]

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“He is home” — Archbishop Sheen’s remains transferred to Peoria, cause reopened

The casket bearing the remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen rests within the new marble tomb prepared for him in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception on June 27. Archbishop Sheen was ordained in the cathedral in 1919 and consecrated himself to the Blessed Mother there. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As a small group of witnesses silently looked on, the mortal remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen were interred at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria late in the afternoon of June 27, completing a transfer from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York that began early that morning. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of Peoria […]

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June 22-28 is Religious Freedom Week

  As we cross into summer and prepare for Independence Day, Catholics are being asked this week to remember one of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution: religious freedom. The U.S. Catholic bishops have declared the period from Saturday, June 22, to Friday, June 28, as Religious Freedom Week. Each day is set […]

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Father Charles Klamut releases a new original music project: “Beta: Volume II”

Father Charles Klamut has released his fourth solo CD of original music, called "Beta: Volume 2." (Cover art by Gabi Test)

MILAN — Inspirations for songwriting can hit Father Charles Klamut unexpectedly, even during a stop at a coffee shop while out of town to celebrate the wedding of a former student. Twenty-four hours after that visit, the pastor of St. Ambrose in Milan and St. Patrick in Andalusia had written “Barista,” one of seven songs […]

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