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Deacon Terry Stalsberg a perfect fit for Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center director

Deacon Terry Stalsberg is pictured with Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, in a guest room hallway at the Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center construction site near Magnolia in Putnam County. Deacon Stalsberg, who lives in Metamora and serves parishes in Roanoke and Eureka, is the new executive director of the diocesan retreat center and Sister Ana Pia will be one of three Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary on staff. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

METAMORA — Use any modern or traditional job search method and try to come up with a better candidate to serve as executive director of the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center than was found using none of the above. “Sometimes God provides,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka with a knowing smile in describing […]

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New diocesan retreat center taking shape; will be named Sacré-Coeur

Deacon Terry Stalsberg, newly hired executive director, is pictured March 11 at the construction site of the Diocese of Peoria’s Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center. Built on the site of the former Nazareth House near Magnolia in Putnam County, the new retreat center will feature 70 guest rooms in the four-story structure at left, a conference center and dining hall seen behind Deacon Stalsberg in the center, and the main chapel at right. It is scheduled to open in August. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The sounds of hammers and circular saws break the natural quiet of the wooded bluff above the Illinois River in rural Putnam County where for five decades thousands have sought peace and an encounter with God. When the seekers return in August, they will again find the reflective space long provided by King’s […]

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Diocesan seminarian is chaplain of NCAA basketball tournament’s Mount St. Mary’s

Deacon Austin Bosse, a seminarian from the Diocese of Peoria and chaplain of the Mount St. Mary's basketball team, is pictured March 16 with team members, coaches, and support staff at the site of the Mountaineers "First Four" NCAA basketball tournament game against Texas Southern. Deacon Bosse is third from left in the front row. (Provided photo/Liz Moir, Mount St. Mary's Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS — When the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament begins late Thursday afternoon, the very first game will feature a seminarian who is just two months away from being ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria. No, Deacon Austin Bosse won’t be shooting 3-point shots or making soaring dunks. But he […]

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St. Joseph’s Day will be a meaty one with many reasons to celebrate on March 19

The March 19 Solemnity of St. Joseph is a highlight of the "Year of St. Joseph" declared by Pope Francis and is also the beginning of a special year in the church dedicated to love expressed within the family. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Catholic News Service and Catholic Post staff WASHINGTON (CNS) — St. Patrick’s Day has its corned beef and cabbage and St. Joseph’s Day has zeppoles, Italian cream-filled doughnuts. The two feasts days, just two days apart, fall in the middle of Lent this year. St. Joseph’s Day, on March 19, is on a Friday […]

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A year ago, we had no idea

One year ago, in our edition dated March 15, 2020, the headline for this space was “The Coronavirus Post?” We noted how many stories in that issue were devoted to this emerging global health crisis, and said we might have to do so again in the future “should the spread have a greater impact on […]

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Site for OSF Cancer Center technology addition is blessed in Bloomington

Father Rogers Byambaasa, AJ, chaplain at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, blesses the building site for the new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator at the OSF Cancer Center during groundbreaking ceremonies March 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Cancer treatment options continue to expand on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center here. On March 4, OSF HealthCare leaders blessed and broke ground for a major technology addition to the evolving OSF Cancer Center, located on the first floor of the OSF Center for Health at 210 St. Joseph […]

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Time is right to pressure pharmaceutical industry on ethical concerns: doctor

A medical assistant fills a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Tim Millea, president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, says the time is right to pressure the pharmaceutical industry to avoid ethical concerns in future research and produciton. (CNS/Reuters)

While the church has taught that it is morally acceptable and an “act of charity” to receive the COVID-19 vaccines, a Quad Cities physician active nationally in Catholic health care policy says now is the time to pressure the pharmaceutical industry to avoid ethical concerns in future research and production. “This is an opportunity that […]

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100 couples renew vows, encouraged in vocation at Diocesan Marriage Mass

Kevin and JoAnn Emery of St. Mary Parish in Metamora renew their vows at the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 13 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The Emerys celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Feb. 9. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A marriage that is seen as a vocation, includes and embraces God’s love, and in which each person gives themselves fully to the other only gets better as the years pass. That was one message that Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka shared with more than 100 couples braving frigid cold and taking pandemic precautions such as […]

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‘Virtual’ March for Life still a special experience for Peoria Notre Dame group

Some members of the Peoria Notre Dame Teens for Life group take a turn walking on the school track on Jan. 29 in solidarity with those at the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., and local observances around the nation. (Provided photo)

Owen Lynch had made three pilgrimages to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., and the senior at Peoria Notre Dame doubted a virtual experience in the high school gym could measure up. He was proven wrong. “It’s not what we hoped for, but I think this has been as special, if not more special, […]

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