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Pro-life health center in Peoria will address women’s physical, spiritual needs

The new Destiny for Women Health Center (later renamed Gianna Women's Clinic) in Peoria, set to open in late August, will be located at 2805 N. Knoxville Ave. Seen here in the foreground, the pro-life Christian outreach is right next door to Planned Parenthood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was updated to reflect a change in name in the spring of 2022. In a building next to Planned Parenthood in Peoria, work is underway to offer women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy or have other female health-related concerns a better destiny. The Destiny for Women Health Center […]

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Blessing of OSF Saint Clare Medical Center a ‘momentous’ day in Princeton

Following blessing and dedication ceremonies July 1 at OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center in Princeton, workers install new signage at the facility formerly known as Perry Memorial Hospital. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PRINCETON — With gratitude for a century of service to the region and confidence as a new era begins, the former Perry Memorial Hospital here was blessed and dedicated as OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center on July 1. The ceremonies culminated almost three years of discussions and planning as OSF Saint Clare became the […]

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Consider the iceberg

It’s the Fourth of July and summer has come in hot. So let’s think about ice for a minute. Specifically, imagine an iceberg floating in an ocean. What is seen above the surface, we’re told, is only about 10 percent of an iceberg’s actual size. Ninety percent is unseen below. It’s good to think of […]

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From Newman Hall to Team USA and the Paralympic Games for Jenna Fesemyer

Jenna Fesemyer, former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign, displays the medals she earned while qualifying for Team USA at the Paralympic Trials June 17-20 in Minneapolis. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — The former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center here will soon be on her way to Tokyo as part of Team USA competing in the Paralympic Games. “I feel so honored to be able to represent the USA in Tokyo this August,” Jenna Fesemyer told The Catholic Post […]

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Three questions to consider before posting or commenting on social media

Is social media a blessing or a curse? Arguments for the latter would point to the addictive nature of the likes of Facebook and other interactive technologies, how they actually decrease face-to-face communication skills, and the divisiveness and nastiness seen online, especially in comments. But among the positives is how quickly a prayer request can […]

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In ‘The Jesus Diary,’ Pontiac parishioner tells fictional account of an eyewitness

PONTIAC — Imagine being present for many of the miracles and teachings during the earthly life of Jesus. Dave Mishur, a member of St. Mary Parish here, did just that in recent months. The result is “The Jesus Diary,” the first book by the retired newspaper columnist and public relations consultant. In the fictional account […]

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Three Sisters recovering from accident grateful for widespread prayer support

The three Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George injured in a June 9 automobile accident are, from left, Sister M. Magdalene, Sister M. Clementia, and Sister M. Michael. (Composite photo from the St. Pius X Parish, Rock Island website)

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George have expressed gratitude for an outpouring of prayer for three Rock Island-based members of their community injured in a multi-vehicle accident near Springfield on June 9. “In God’s mercy and with all our prayers, our Sisters are now on the recovery path,” said Mother M. […]

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Family members describe diocese’s newest priests: kind, caring, loving Jesus/Mary

Newly ordained Father Nicolas Wilson offers a blessing to his parents, Richard and Lori Wilson, and brother Ben during a reception at the Spalding Pastoral Center that followed the ordination Mass on May 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The parents and family members of newly ordained Father Austin Bosse and Father Nicolas Wilson can assure their first parishes they will be served by outstanding young men who love Christ and the church. Asked following the ordination Mass on May 29 for three words to describe their sons or brothers, Father Bosse’s family — […]

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17 parishes in the diocese will host youth program ‘Totus Tuus’ this summer

In this 2018 file photo, Brinley Kluepping gazes up as Tom Anderson, a team member for Totus Tuus, explains the various aspects of Jesus' life and ministry depicted in the stained glass windows at St. Louis in Princeton during a church tour. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Totus Tuus is totally back. Seventeen parishes across the Diocese of Peoria will host the Catholic summer youth program in the coming weeks. Brought to the diocese a decade ago, the program was “online only” last summer as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning. This year, parish leaders are thrilled to welcome it back in-person and […]

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