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Maryknoll missioners grateful for Diocese of Peoria support

Photo Caption: Maryknoll Father Bill Donnelly, a Peoria native and longtime missionary, holds a copy of his graphic novel on Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. (See his story following the centennial event article below.) By: By Tom Dermody From roots in the Diocese of Peoria, they have gone on to proclaim the Gospel for decades around […]

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Speaker offers parents 10 guides to raising chaste teens

Photo Caption: After a talk at The High School of Saint Thomas More on Oct. 21, Jason Evert (center) poses with Father Robert Lampitt and students Terence Schmutz, Alex Sabol, Claire Taylor, and Sarah Johnson. By: By Tom Dermody Don’t give teenagers “the talk” regarding sexuality, Jason Evert advised about 100 parents Thursday night. “Give […]

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Bears’ senior director talks sports, faith at Newman Center

Photo Caption: Lauren Thomas accepts a signed copy of “Sports and Faith” from author Patrick McCaskey following the Bears’ senior director’s talk at the John Paul II Catholic Newman Center. By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — Chicago Bears’ senior director Patrick McCaskey was fielding questions about football and his Catholic faith as smoothly as Devin […]

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Maronite patriarch visits Peoria on consecutive weekends

Photo Caption: Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai, leader of the world’s 5.5 million Maronite Catholics, presides at a Mass Oct. 9 at St. Sharbel’s Church in Peoria as Bishop Jenky assists at right. By: By Tom Dermody When the leader of the world’s 5.5 million Maronite Catholics visits your church not once but on consecutive weekends, […]

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Youth Rally offers ‘all-access backstage pass’ to meet Jesus

Photo Caption: Father Nathan Cromly, CSJ, carries the Blessed Sacrament into St. Mary’s Cathedral as teens from around the diocese taking part in a Diocesan Youth Rally on Oct. 8 follow in procession. By: By Tom Dermody The band’s music had the young people repeatedly on their feet, hands in the air and joy on […]

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Speaker offers 10 ways to promote stewardship in parishes

Photo Caption: Stewardship must permeate all facets of parish life, Charles Zech of Villanova University told those attending a diocesan Development and Stewardship Conference on Sept. 28. By: By Tom Dermody “What could your parish do with twice as much money?” As 155 parish and Catholic school leaders pondered the possibilities, Charles Zech offered 10 […]

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Surging Latino population a gift, diocesan priests told

Photo Caption: Father Joseph Corpora, CSC, of the Catholic School Advantage Campaign, listens to a question from Father Fredi Gomez Torres, episcopal vicar for Hispanic Ministry, during a Sept. 29 talk to priests. By: By Tom Dermody The surging Latino population in the United States is a gift that Catholic parishes and schools must be […]

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30th Respect Life Dinner reflects the full spectrum of cause

Photo Caption: Lisa Gigliotti, right, keynote speaker, greets Barbara Bogner of St. John the Baptist Parish, Bradford, at a book signing following the 30th annual Respect Life Dinner in Peoria on Oct. 2. By: By Tom Dermody The full spectrum of Respect Life Sunday was on display for a capacity crowd attending the 30th annual […]

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Golden, silver anniversary couples fill cathedral for Mass

Photo Caption: Golden anniversary couple Dick and Joyce Mattan of St. Malachy’s Parish, Geneseo, renew their marriage vows at the Sept. 25 diocesan Anniversary Mass. By: By Tom Dermody A snowstorm delayed the wedding Mass of John Sheen and Zelda Yagel for a half hour on Dec. 30, 1961. Fifty years, three children, nine grandchildren, […]

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Catholic Charities withdrawing from state-funded contracts

Photo Caption: “Public policy and state laws have increasingly clashed with church teachings in such a way that we no longer can maintain this partnership as a viable option,” said Bishop Jenky. By: By Tom Dermody Citing increasing clashes between Illinois law and church teaching, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, of Peoria announced Oct. 6 […]

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