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Bishop Jenky expresses love and gratitude to diocese’s priests at their Assembly Days

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, receives a standing ovation Oct. 20 from Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria following his remarks closing the 2021 Priest Assembly Days at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Bishop Jenky, who turns 75 -- the age when bishops are required to submit a letter of resignation to the pope -- in March, expressed his personal love and gratitude to the priests, as well as that of Catholics throughout the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, closed a two-day gathering of priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria on Oct. 20 by expressing his love and gratitude for them as he prepares to “ease my way back into religious life.” “There’s a blessing in every stage of life, and letting go and just being able to […]

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‘Listen and learn’ — Bishop Tylka opens diocesan phase leading to 2023 Synod

This is the official logo for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The synod will take place in October 2023 and will be preceded by broad consultation at the diocesan, national and regional levels. (CNS photo/courtesy Synod of Bishops)

Saying “we have to listen and learn from each other, know each other, so we can be the church God wants us to be,” Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka on Sunday officially opened the Diocese of Peoria’s phase of the worldwide process leading to a Synod of Bishops in 2023. Bishop Tylka was celebrant and homilist […]

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Bishop Tylka rides in a combine and harvests information on farm life

Pictured with a combine on the Terry Sullivan farm south of Macomb on Oct. 5 are, from left, Theresa Young, Ben Wilson, Terry Sullivan, Bishop Louis Tylka, and Nate Young. Bishop Tylka rode along with Sullivan as he harvested corn that day. (Provided photo/Laura Cody)

MACOMB — Theresa Young describes Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka as “down to earth.” Perhaps that was most true on Oct. 5, when Bishop Tylka spent about 90 minutes in the fertile soil of McDonough County, experiencing farm life at harvest time, asking questions, and even riding in a combine. “We hope he comes back in […]

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The church is listening

Last summer, when newly arrived Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka set out on his ambitious “Welcome Tour” around the Diocese of Peoria, The Catholic Post was present at each stop — camera and notebook in hand — as he celebrated Masses in the various vicariates and greeted the faithful afterward. What we did not report on […]

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Paul Moore: ‘I’d like to share my story with you . . . it has a good ending’

In My Father’s House / Paul Moore She had prayed for the right way to approach people entering the Planned Parenthood clinic. She’d tried, “Can I share some resources with you?” However, she discovered that people entering or leaving abortion clinics weren’t too interested in receiving “resources.” Instead, trial, error and prayer taught her to […]

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Respect Life Dinner speaker challenges pro-lifer’s thinking on ‘exceptions’

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka welcomes those attending the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 2 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. At left is Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

It is fair to say that Kristi Hofferber, the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Peoria’s Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 2, is “exceptional.” The adoption advocate and pro-life counselor from the St. Louis area challenges the thinking not only of pro-choice advocates but many in the pro-life community as well. “Those who are conceived […]

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Gratitude, prayers for police, firefighters, and first responders voiced at Blue Mass

Officer Brieanne Lonergan of the Rock Island Police Department prays during the Blue Mass celebrated Sept. 26 at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island. To her right is Officer Jacob Waddle, also of the Rock Island police. Both are members of Sacred Heart Parish. (Provided photo/Kelly Haertjens)

ROCK ISLAND — Prayers of gratitude for — and the protection of — law enforcement professionals, firefighters, EMTs, and all who risk their lives for others’ safety were voiced during a Blue Mass celebrated Sept. 26 at Sacred Heart Church here. “This Mass is our opportunity to give thanks to you for your service, to […]

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100 couples celebrate the gifts of love, faith, and family at Anniversary Mass

Sam and Cheryl Pagoria gaze at one another as Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offers a blessing over couples attending the Diocese of Peoria’s Anniversary Mass on Sept. 26 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The Pagorias, members of Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Spring Valley, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 2021. (For The Catholic Post/Daryl Wilson)

The “gift of love” was celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 26 when nearly 100 couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who are observing silver and golden wedding anniversaries in 2021 gathered for a Mass celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. “Your perseverance, your loyalty to one another, is not just […]

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Unmask the unborn, follow the science

As we move toward October, Respect Life Month, we have a couple of suggestions for those interested in truth when it comes to human life. First, unmask the unborn. Just as our face coverings — necessitated by the pandemic month after month — hide our expressions and muffle our voices, so too humans not yet […]

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