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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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“Treasures” from Archbishop Sheen arrive ahead of Mass on his birthday Saturday

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and Paul Cunningham -- great-nephew of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen -- lift a prie dieu (kneeler) often used by the famed media pioneer and author when he prayed. The kneeler is among the sainthood candidate's personal items being donated to the Sheen Foundation by Joan Sheen Cunningham, Archbishop Sheen's closest living relative. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Saturday is Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s birthday, and his niece is giving the Sheen Foundation a truckload of very special gifts — personal items from her famous uncle including the Emmy Award that Archbishop Sheen won in 1952 for his television show, “Life is Worth Living.” Joan Sheen Cunningham, who lives in New York […]

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New rosary garden at Holy Family in Danville is parish family’s ‘work of love’

The new rosary garden at Holy Family Parish in Danville is in the shape of a monstrance when viewed from above. It features a statue of the Holy Family in the center and the beads of the rosary on the walkway. (For the Catholic Post/Deb Edwards)

DANVILLE — What began with a tree to memorialize a beloved friend and parishioner blossomed into a rosary garden that will provide an “oasis for prayer” for Holy Family Parish and this community for years to come. The garden — located on what had been a vacant lot at 444 E. Main St. south of […]

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Conversion to Christ is a Divine gift

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 9 Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 All the readings chosen for this Sunday reinforce the fundamental principle that in matters of faith, first God acts and then we freely respond. Even in conversion, first God gives a person the grace needed to convert, […]

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Intentionally set fire won’t stop the mission of Women’s Care Center in Peoria

Local and state fire inspectors examine the damage from an early morning fire May 3 at the Women's Care Center, 7319 N. University in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Our doors are open. We just don’t have any doors.” That’s how Connie McClure, director of client care at the Women’s Care Center in Peoria, assured a shocked pro-life community that the pregnancy center’s mission continues despite an early morning fire on May 3 that gutted its facility at 7319 N. University St. Fire investigators […]

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St. Mary Church in Lexington damaged by fire; Masses temporarily moved to Chenoa

Charred pews, smoked-stained walls and holes in the flooring are seen following the April 28 fire at St. Mary Church in Lexington. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LEXINGTON — An early morning fire on April 28 caused extensive smoke and flooring damage to St. Mary Church here and will likely close the church for several months of restoration. “There’s a lot of disbelief — total shock” said Father David Sabel, pastor, in describing initial parishioner reaction to the apparently deliberately set fire […]

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