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Peoria Cursillo relocating offices to former convent; weekends resume in fall

The former Holy Family Convent on Wagner Lane in Peoria will be home to Peoria Cursillo and Teens Encounter Christ offices. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Peoria Cursillo has announced that the former convent at Holy Family Parish in Peoria will be the new home for its offices, palanca chapel, and team formation. “Holy Family Parish has graciously welcomed us to make ourselves at home and to bring new life to this building” on Wagner Lane, said Dave Templin, lay director […]

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Amid noise over leaked draft of Court opinion, practice Bishop Tylka’s “Four C’s”

Abortion demonstrators in Washington are seen outside the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3 after the leak of a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito preparing for a majority of the court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision later this year. (CNS/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters)

A mother’s womb is a quiet place, but the noise surrounding a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion indicating a willingness to overturn Roe v. Wade is loud and growing louder. Expect the noise to increase, including protests in the streets that will be covered by the national media — unlike when 100,000 […]

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‘Topping off’ ceremony marks a milestone for OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute

Deacon Joe Knapp sprinkles holy water on the final steel beam of the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute before it is hoisted by crane to its place atop the construction site in Peoria on April 25. Deacon Knapp is manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sprinkled with holy water and bearing signatures and messages from hundreds who are invested in the project it symbolizes, the final structural steel beam of the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute was lifted and set into place during ceremonies in Peoria on April 28. “The Cancer Institute is, and always will be, a reminder of how […]

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‘Stations through the Streets’ urge seeing and loving Jesus in the poor, suffering

Father Jeremy Freehill, pastor, and those taking part in the "Stations through the Streets" on Good Friday leave the Garden of Hope at St. Ann Church and begin a prayerful two-mile walk through Peoria's South Side neighborhoods. Carrying the cross is Diego Uribe. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The Stations of the Cross conducted on Good Friday at St. Ann Parish in Peoria did not move from one artistic representation of Jesus’ journey to Calvary to another. Instead, participants walked from vacant lots to boarded-up buildings, traveling past taverns, barking dogs and across busy streets. “Are we ready to go to one of […]

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St. Nick’s Closet a collaboration between Catholic Charities and OSF in Danville

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, holds one of the bags ready for distribution to a needy family through the St. Nick's Closet program, a collaboration between Catholic Charities and OSF HealthCare. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — While the OSF Care-a-Van makes medical care mobile (see related story), a new collaboration between Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria and OSF HealthCare is bringing a mobile ministry indoors. More than two years after Catholic Charities launched the St. Nicholas Charity on Wheels program — in which a van delivers supplies […]

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The slap

It came out of nowhere, and was undeserved. No, we’re not talking about actor Will Smith’s slap of comedian Chris Rock that overshadowed the Academy Awards on March 27 and was a major news story and social media topic for days after. We’re drawing attention to the first slap of Jesus. “Then they spat in […]

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New altar consecrated at Holy Family Church in Lincoln; sanctuary redesigned

Incense rises as Bishop Louis Tylka leads the rite of consecration for a new altar at Holy Family Church in Lincoln on April 3. A redesign of the sanctuary -- including newly crafted furnishings, paintings, and a restoration of the back wall – is the first phase of a total church renovation. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LINCOLN — Calling it a “day of blessing for this community and for the church at large,” Bishop Louis Tylka consecrated a new altar in the renovated sanctuary of Holy Family Church during a Mass on April 3. “It is a great joy to be with you today to celebrate this Mass and to consecrate […]

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Mobile ‘holy ground’ — OSF Care-a-Van blessed, will serve Vermilion County

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville, blesses the new OSF Care-a-Van that will serve Vermilion County. Also pictured during the March 29 ceremonies is Jennifer Compton, vice president of ancillary and support services at the medical center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — A new OSF Care-a-Van, the third such mobile health center to serve in the Diocese of Peoria, was blessed as “holy ground” during ceremonies March 29 at OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center here. The 40-foot van will provide residents throughout Vermilion County who may not easily access health care with services including […]

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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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