Mystery writer Susan Furlong of Savoy has a personal story of faith and grace

Susan Furlong-Bolliger of Savoy, a mystery novelist and member of St. Thomas Parish in Philo, holds a paperback copy of her book "Splintered Silence" on the shelf of the Target store in Champaign. (Photo from the Susan Furlong - Author Facebook page)

“The source of justice is not vengeance but charity.” SAVOY – The quote from St. Bridget of Sweden appears just before Chapter 1 of Susan Furlong’s latest mystery novel, “Shattered Justice.” But you won’t find “Shattered Justice” in your local Catholic bookstore. The third and final installment of Furlong’s popular Bone Gap Travellers series, like […]

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College life has changed in 2020, but not the mission of Catholic campus ministry

Volunteers from St. John's Catholic Newman Center help returning students move in to Newman Hall in the heart of the University of Illinois campus in Champaign on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While students returning to the many universities and colleges within the Diocese of Peoria are facing new realities because of the pandemic, the mission of the Newman Centers and other Catholic campus ministries has not changed. “We’re still here to build community, we’re still here to build a relationship with Christ,” said Father Robert Lampitt, […]

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Bishop Tylka’s one-month anniversary spent in Rock Island, Kewanee vicariates

"Who is Jesus to you?" asked Bishop Tylka during his homily at St. Pius X Church in Rock Island on Aug. 22. While we know Jesus as an historic figure and give him titles such as "Lord" and "Son of God," Bishop Tylka said Jesus wants a close, personal relationship with us as our brother and friend. Bishop Tylka celebrated Mass with representatives of parishes in the Rock Island Vicariate on Aug. 22 and with the faithful of the Kewanee Vicariate the following day. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On the one-month anniversary of his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka was on the road again — becoming more familiar with the people and places of his new diocese. “I’m still learning to embrace this new role that the Lord has called me to,” Bishop Tylka said in Kewanee on Aug. […]

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Marian painting reproductions installed and blessed at St. Mary Church, Westville

Kenosha artist Stephen Cascio, left, and his brother Patrick carry an image of the Assumption of Mary prior to its installation above an entrance to St. Mary Church in Westville. It was one of two Marian depictions installed and blessed on the Solemnity of the Assumption, Aug. 15. (Provided photo)

WESTVILLE — Two digitally reproduced Baroque-era paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary were installed and blessed in interior arches above the north and south entrances to St. Mary Church here the weekend of Aug. 15-16. “Our parish is named St. Mary and, other than a statue, we really had nothing special to the Blessed Virgin […]

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Safety first as elementary, high school sports adapt to changing guidelines

Schlarman Academy’s Capria Brown is cheered by teammates and fans after a steal early in the Hilltoppers’ state championship win in 2019. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The girls basketball team from Schlarman Academy in Danville won state championships in 2018 and 2019. Whether the Hilltoppers — or any sports teams in Catholic schools across the diocese — will have the opportunity to showcase their skills or bring home trophies in 2020-2021 is still being determined. “I hope that we will have […]

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A back-to-school prayer

Erik Saldana prays at the beginning of the first day of classes at Holy Cross School in Anderson, Ind., on Aug. 5. (CNS/Bob Nichols)

If any school year needed to open with prayer, it is the one we are about to embark upon. Whether or not you have a child or grandchild in school, we invite all to join us in offering this one. We’ve adapted a Prayer to Begin a School Year found in the book “Catholic Household […]

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OSF HealthCare’s new Center for Health is blessed at Knoxville Ave., Peoria, location

Deacon Joe Knapp, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, offers a prayer of blessing Aug. 11 at the the OSF Center for Health -- Knoxville Ave. in Peoria. Seated in front of him are Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of the board for OSF HealthCare, and Bob Anderson, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Blessing and dedication ceremonies took place Aug. 11 at the new OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Knoxville Ave. in Peoria, which is expected to welcome its first patients later this month. In late 2018, OSF HealthCare purchased the former Cub Foods building at 1800 N. Knoxville Ave., which had been vacant for nine years. […]

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‘Moment of grace’ — Bishop Louis Tylka is ordained as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria

One year ago -- on July 23, 2020 -- newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka received sustained applause following his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Leading the applause were (from left) Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, the bishops who consecrated him. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

(UPDATED July 24, 2020, including links to the full texts of remarks by Cardinal Cupich and Bishop Tylka) There was social distance between those present, yet every space inside St. Mary’s Cathedral was repeatedly filled with sounds of joyful praise, gratitude, and boisterous applause July 23 at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Louis Tylka, the […]

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‘Everyone is invited’ to view ordination of Bishop-elect Tylka via livestream July 23

This invitation to view the July 23 livestream of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka’s episcopal ordination Mass is being shared across social media.

While acknowledging it is “unfortunate” that attendance at the episcopal ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka will be limited on July 23 because of coronavirus pandemic guidelines, Msgr. Jason Gray takes the optimistic view. Because the Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Peoria’s website ( and Facebook page, he said, “in a certain […]

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Bishop Tylka shares hopes for ordination, explains motto in Catholic Post interview

"This is home. This is where God has called me to be," said Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka in a July 7 interview with The Catholic Post.

EDITOR’S NOTE — On July 7, just a few days after his move to Peoria from Tinley Park, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka sat for a second lengthy interview with The Catholic Post. The first was conducted by telephone in conjunction with his appointment announced on May 11. Following is the transcript of a conversation in […]

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