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New chapter at Rock Island parishes; Conventual Franciscans welcomed

Two members of the Conventual Franciscans of the Krakow Province in Poland are now serving Rock Island's three Catholic parishes. Father Peter Sarnicki, OFM Conv., is pastor of St. Pius X Parish, while Father Witold is pastor of both Sacred Heart and St. Mary parishes. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody and provided photo/Chris Mandle)

ROCK ISLAND — A new chapter in the rich Catholic history of Rock Island began this month as two Conventual Franciscan priests of the Krakow Province in Poland became pastors of the city’s three parishes. Father Peter Sarnicki, OFM Conv., is the new pastor of St. Pius X Parish, while Father Witold Adamczyk, OFM Conv., […]

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OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital adds acute rehabilitation unit

Representatives of OSF HealthCare and Kindred Hospitals take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 18 marking the completion of a new acute rehablitation unit at OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital just south of downtown Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

With prayers of blessing for those who will serve and be served in the facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Aug. 18 to mark the completion of a 29-bed acute rehabilitation unit at OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital in Peoria. Located at 500 W. Romeo B Garrett Ave. just south of downtown Peoria, the hospital […]

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Joan Sheen Cunningham dies; key figure in Archbishop Sheen’s life, sainthood cause

Joan Sheen Cunningham, niece of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, poses next to a portrait of her uncle in this 2004 file photo. Mrs. Cunningham died in Peoria on Aug. 12, 2022, at the age of 95. (CNS/Chris Sheridan)

BARTONVILLE — Joan Sheen Cunningham, a niece of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and a key figure in his life and sainthood cause, was remembered at her funeral Mass on Aug. 16 as “a determined and very strong woman of faith.” “Joan was a witness, a disciple, a teacher, a strong and good lady,” […]

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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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