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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100 join Bishop Jenky in prayer outside abortion facility

Photo Caption: A Fourth Degree Honor Guard from the Knights of Columbus were among a crowd of 100 people who prayed the rosary with Bishop Jenky outside Peoria’s abortion facility on Oct. 30. By: By Tom Dermody More than 100 persons joined Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, for prayer outside Peoria’s abortion facility on Oct. […]

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Four new monsignors named; high honor for Msgr. Beebe

By: By Tom Dermody Pope Benedict XVI has honored four priests of the Diocese of Peoria by appointing them “Chaplains to His Holiness” with the title of monsignor. In addition, the pope has raised Msgr. Charles Beebe, 67, episcopal vicar for the permanent diaconate and pastor of parishes in Roanoke and Benson, to the rank […]

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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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