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All invited to join pope in consecration of Russia, Ukraine to Mary on March 25

A statue of Mary is seen at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the world to join him in consecrating and entrusting all of humanity, and "especially Russia and Ukraine," to Mary on Friday, March 25. (CNS/Reuters)

Catholics around the world and throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to join Pope Francis in consecrating themselves, the church, and all humanity, “especially Russia and Ukraine,” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The Act of Consecration prayer may be found and […]

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St. Padre Pio glove relic is venerated by hundreds at Milan and Peoria churches

Among the many venerating the relic at St. Ambrose Church in Milan on March 14 was Sheila Herman, pastoral assistant at the parish. (Provided photo/Laura Boemecke)

MILAN — To the hundreds who came to venerate a relic of St. Padre Pio at St. Ambrose Church here on March 14 and again six days later in Peoria, Father Bill Kneemiller offers a suggestion. “This is a wonderful time to start a Padre Pio prayer group,” said Father Kneemiller, a senior priest of […]

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Morton parish joins area churches in hosting day of prayer for peace, Ukraine

Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton, lights candles around the exposed Blessed Sacrament at the start of a Day of Prayer for World Peace and the People of Ukraine" hosted by the parish on Wednesday, March 16. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MORTON — Blessed Sacrament Parish here was among six area faith communities hosting days of prayer for world peace and for the people of Ukraine during the week of March 14-18. Msgr. Gerald Ward, pastor, presided at an 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, March 16, that was followed by seven hours of prayer before the […]

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Bishop Tylka asks for prayers at his first public Mass as the ninth Bishop of Peoria

With his coat of arms newly hung on the cathedra, or Bishop's Chair, Bishop Tylka bestows a blessing Sunday at the close of his first public Mass as the ninth Bishop of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In his first public Mass as Diocesan Bishop on March 6, Bishop Louis Tylka thanked his predecessor and asked for prayers “as we begin a new chapter in the life of our diocese.” Bishop Tylka was the principal celebrant and homilist at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A […]

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Bishop Jenky’s retirement is accepted; Bishop Tylka becomes 9th Bishop of Peoria

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation for retirement of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka immediately succeeds him, becoming the ninth Bishop of Peoria. Bishop Jenky has headed the Peoria Diocese for nearly 20 years. His resignation was announced on March 3, Bishop Jenky’s 75th birthday and the age at which […]

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Religious emblems awarded at diocesan Mass for Scouts, American Heritage Girls

Scouts and American Heritage Girls who received religious emblems and awards for their work over the last year pose with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Glenn Harris, chaplain of Catholic Scouting in the Diocese of Peoria, after the Diocesan Scout and AHG Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before distributing religious emblems earned by more than 70 Catholic Scouts or American Heritage Girls on Feb. 27, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka called the youth and their adult leaders to an even higher goal. “I don’t want to diminish these awards,” Bishop Tylka said in congratulating the recipients during his homily at the annual Diocesan […]

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Mercer County faith communities merge to form new St. Mary Magdalene Parish

The churches of the merged parishes are pictured above with an image of the new parish's patron, St. Mary Magdalene. The churches include, from left, St. Anthony in Matherville, St. Catherine in Aledo, and St. John in Viola, which was damaged beyond repair by an arson fire last May.

ALEDO — The three Catholic parishes of Mercer County have merged to form a new parish under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, signed a decree outlining the merger and establishing the new parish on Jan. 26. The parishes that have merged include St. Catherine in Aledo, St. Anthony in […]

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60 U of I students deepen love for Jesus at SEEK22 in Tennessee; ripples are spreading

Students from the University of Illinois in Champaign pose with cutouts of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and St. John Paul II at a regional gathering of SEEK22 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Tennessee. (Provided photo/Ava Aubry)

Nearly 60 students from the University of Illinois in Champaign traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, in early February for a regional gathering of SEEK22, a three-day event sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to help college students grow deeper in their love for Jesus and call them to mission. And while the dates […]

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Married couples blessed, called to witness God’s love to the world

Galen and Jennifer Baxter of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan and couples throughout St. Mary's Cathedral kiss after their marriages were blessed by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka during the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 12. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In the 1970s, The Carpenters had a hit song called “Top of the World” that spoke of the bliss of being in love. At the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass on Feb. 12, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka told married couples from throughout the diocese than even when they feel totally blessed by their relationship, God […]

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Bishop Jenky is reflective, grateful ahead of 20th anniversary and 75th birthday

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will mark the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and celebrate his 75th birthday on March 3. (File photo by Nellie Gould)

Between COVID isolation and “getting creaky” as he ages, the last two years have afforded Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, much time for solitude and reflection. “I’m living almost like a Carthusian monk,” the bishop acknowledged as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and […]

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