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1,000 Catholic men take a stand, then kneel: (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: Nearly 1,000 men march through downtown Peoria in a public defense of faith, family, and the priesthood at the sixth annual “Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” By: By Tom Dermody The nearly 1,000 Catholic men taking a public stand in defense of faith, family, and priesthood in downtown Peoria last Saturday also […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal planning opens with eye on economy

Photo Caption: Elaine McGinnis of St. Bernard’s, Bushnell, receives the top attendance prize for her parish from Bishop Jenky at the 2009 Annual Diocesan Appeal kickoff event. By: By Tom Dermody The work of Christ must continue even in times of economic stress, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told hundreds of parish volunteers who met […]

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Bishop teaches on Mary, the Rosary

Photo Caption: In his 2009 Festival Letter, Bishop Jenky writes that by praying the Rosary we can “enter into Mary’s school, learning more about Jesus from Mary.” By: By Tom Dermody Saying that “perhaps we now need the Rosary in our arsenal of prayers more than ever,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has begun 2009 […]

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Dedication key to Saints’ storybook season

Photo Caption: The Saints “march in” to Memorial Stadium in Champaign, led by Sean Stokes (4), Joe Ring (70), Jack Wombacher (68), Dan Curran (8), and Connor Kirkwood (64). By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Which of the following made the state Class 4A championship earned last Friday by Central Catholic High School the perfect […]

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A state championship legacy

Photo Caption: The boys soccer team and Coach Mike Bare of Peoria Notre Dame High School show off the Class 2A championship trophy after defeating Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Saturday in Naperville. By: By Tom Dermody A hard-working, driven, talented, dedicated, close-knit family. Those are words coaches and players used to describe the 2008 boys soccer […]

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700 show love for Our Lady

By: By Tom Dermody An 18-month effort to reinvigorate use of the rosary was given a prayerful and emotional launch Sunday during a Diocesan Rosary Festival that demonstrated deep love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. “As a church, we love Our Lady,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in welcoming about 700 people to the […]

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Speaker: vote values, but don’t stop there

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker John Carr is applauded after his keynote speech at the 2008 diocesan Institute of Catholic Social Ministry hosted by Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton. By: By Tom Dermody MORTON — The task for Catholics in these days before the national election is to “bring our deepest values to the voting booth” […]

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Grateful diocese honors its ‘golden’ couples

Photo Caption: Vere and Ruth Sutton of St. Patrick’s Parish, Colona, renew their marriage vows, as do Paul and Therese St. Ledger of St. Mary’s Parish, East Moline, seen behind them. By: By Tom Dermody After renewing the wedding vows they professed 50 years ago not once but twice last weekend, Paul and Therese St. […]

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Expanded, renovated Newman Center at U of I dedicated

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky and other dignitaries applaud as Father Gregory Ketcham cuts the ribbon outside the expanded St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois on Sunday. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Calling St. John’s Catholic Newman Center a “beacon of hope” on the University of Illinois campus, Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Hate in India, our front yard

By: By Thomas J. Dermody It was a tale of endured torture told by someone grateful to be alive. The victim recalled how at one point the captors poured kerosene on his head and threatened to strike a match. He and a companion were repeatedly kicked, beaten with iron rods and dragged through the streets […]

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