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Catholics, Mormons in Nauvoo laying foundation for dialogue

Photo Caption: The Nauvoo Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is seen in the foreground while just down Wells Street is the spire of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. By: By Tom Dermody NAUVOO — While the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney has caused some in the United States to […]

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Night of encouragement four decades after ‘Roe’ ruling

Photo Caption: Participants in the 2013 Walk for Life make their way through downtown Peoria on Thursday evening, Jan. 17, prior to the Sanctity for Human Life Rally. By: By Tom Dermody After 40 years of praying, marching, and working against legal abortion and promoting respect for life from conception, those in the pro-life cause […]

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Bishop warns on secularism, chides some Catholic politicians

Photo Caption: In his newly issued Festival Letter on the theme of “Secularism,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, calls Catholics to defend “the very concept of faith in the face of aggressive secularism.” By: By Tom Dermody Steps toward “radical secularization” taking place in Illinois pose growing threats to the religious freedom of Catholics, Bishop […]

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Evidence of alleged miracle with Sheen link heads to Rome

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky holds a sealed box containing medical records and witness testimony concerning an alleged miraculous healing of an Illinois boy through the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. By: By Tom Dermody Boxes wrapped in ribbon and a happy little boy are Christmas images, but the combination had another joyful meaning Dec. 11 […]

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Faith, need drive generosity at Clare House in Bloomington

Photo Caption: With a “God bless” wish, Clare House volunteer Scott McCormick distributed bags of food to more than 200 guests on a recent Wednesday at Clare House in Bloomington, a Catholic Worker ministry. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Enough food to fill nearly five semitrailer trucks was donated through the generosity of Bloomington-Normal […]

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Parish study process takes next step as ‘clusters’ form

Photo Caption: Bob Baker, a member of St. Patrick’s Parish, Minonk, greets Norman Alleman (seated) of St. Ann’s Parish, Toluca, prior to the start of a GIFT regional meeting in LaSalle on Dec. 5. By: By Tom Dermody Four months into the yearlong Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) diocese-wide planning initiative for the future of […]

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An ‘oasis’ of Solitude opens at Nazareth House retreat center

Photo Caption: The newly built “Solitude of the Sacred Heart” is ready to welcome individual guests to its quiet, reflective location overlooking the Illinois River on the grounds of Nazareth House near Henry. By: By Tom Dermody HENRY — One of the Diocese of Peoria’s smallest building projects stands ready to play a giant role […]

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Blue Ribbon day, and beyond, at Epiphany School, Normal

Photo Caption: Mike Lootens, right, principal of Epiphany Catholic School in Normal, accepts a plaque designating Epiphany as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School from Tim Tuten of the U.S. Department of Education. By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Being named to the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent of schools in the […]

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