Home from Rome: Bishop Tylka grateful for 2-week experience of global church

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Pope Francis on Sept. 8, the final day of a weeklong course of formation in Rome for more than 150 new bishops from around the world. Bishop Tylka presented Pope Francis with a rosary featuring an image of Venerable Fulton Sheen, whose sainthood cause the Diocese of Peoria is promoting. (Photo credit: L’Osservatore Romano)

As students around the diocese returned to school, so did Bishop Louis Tylka. And a weeklong “Baby Bishops’ School” experience in Rome left him humbled and grateful for an education on the global breadth and unity of the church. “We often think of the church as our parish and the pope,” said Bishop Tylka, back […]

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Sanctuary, spiritual renewal celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Brimfield

Incense rises from the newly dedicated altar of sacrifice at St. Joseph Church in Brimfield during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka on Sept. 17. The new marble altar is part of a $120,000 sanctuary renovation project. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BRIMFIELD — A renewal of the sanctuary at St. Joseph Church here is already leading to a deeper spiritual renewal at the parish. The completion of external changes was celebrated Saturday evening during a Solemn Mass for the Dedication of an Altar with Bishop Louis Tylka presiding. “Every time we gather around the altar the […]

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Are we extremists?

I have a love-hate relationship with the word “extreme” and its derivations of “extremist” and “extremism.” Those words are being tossed around a lot in both politics and religion these days, usually in the negative. Pope Francis spoke of extremism on his recent trip to Kazakhstan. “Let us free ourselves of those reductive and destructive […]

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‘Must-see’ viewing for Catholics in diocese

Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocations director for recruitment, greets participants in “Emmaus Knights,” a monthly formation evening for junior and senior boys in high school. The vocation awareness program is featured in one of five brief videos promoting the Annual Diocesan Appeal that may be shown at Masses this weekend or viewed at This screen grab includes an accompanying translation in Spanish.

So, what is your “must-see” show on television these days? Is it a traditional network program, or something on a cable or streaming network? Is it a news program, a comedy, a drama, a sporting event, or a mindless guilty pleasure (think “The Bachelorette”)? We have a “must-see” viewing suggestion for this weekend — actually […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal is underway to support mission to ‘Go Make Disciples’

Saying “this is our moment to take up anew the Lord’s Great Commission — it is our time to ‘Go Make Disciples,’” Bishop Louis Tylka has encouraged a generous response to the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA). The appeal, which funds most diocesan programs and apostolates, will be promoted in parishes this weekend, Sept. 10-11. The […]

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Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum expands; has hosted 12,000 visitors in last 3 years

Looking over the new “Man of the Church” display in the expanded Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum in Peoria are three members of a group of seminarians from Kenrick-Glennon in St. Louis who visited on Labor Day. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When you host 12,000 guests, it’s good to have a little extra room. The Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria has expanded, now occupying space formerly reserved for rotating displays of diocesan history. The expansion has allowed for the placement of more and larger items relating to the diocese’s famous […]

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‘Gift’ of St. Teresa of Kolkata remembered by diocese, world 25 years after her death

Sister M. Zita, MC, gives a reading at the Sept. 5 Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria marking the 25th anniversary of the death of St. Teresa of Kolkata, foundress of the Missionaries of Charity. Looking on are Father Donald Roszkowski and Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general, who concelebrated the Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Diocese of Peoria joined Catholics worldwide Sept. 5 in prayerfully remembering St. Teresa of Kolkata — known popularly as Mother Teresa — on the 25th anniversary of her death. “Mother Teresa is a gift that God gave to the Church,” said Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria, at a Mass […]

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At Irish Fest Mass, Bishop Tylka asks prayers for Rome trip, meetings on Sheen cause

Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the assembly at the conclusion of the Mass for Peace and Justice celebrated Aug. 28 beneath a tent on the riverfront grounds of the Peoria Irish Fest. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As he prepares to leave for Rome on Aug. 30, Bishop Louis Tylka is requesting prayers for his participation in “baby bishops school” and especially for planned meetings with Vatican officials regarding the sainthood cause of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Bishop Tylka was the principal celebrant Sunday at an outdoor Mass for Peace and […]

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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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