Pekin parishioner-grad succeeds despite sight, hearing challenges

By: By Tom Dermody PEKIN — Because he is blind and nearly completely deaf, Josh Wertz often depends on being led by others, including his guide dog of eight years, Ace. But when the Class of 2011 graduates from the Department of Human Development Counseling at the University of Illinois at Springfield process into commencement […]

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Help Newman Center group win World Youth Day song contest

Photo Caption: Members of “Witnesses to Love” are pictured after recording their original song “Planted” at the John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. By: By Tom Dermody NORMAL — First things first. “Votar” is Spanish for “Vote,” and to help a group of World Youth Day pilgrims-to-be from the Pope John Paul II […]

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Catholic Charities responds on religious freedom, civil unions

By: By Tom Dermody Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria will continue to seek religious freedom protections for its adoption and foster care programs after an amendment clarifying the rights of faith-based human service agencies in relation to Illinois’ new civil union law failed to make it out of a Senate committee. “We believe […]

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Area Catholic school teacher safely home from Japan disaster

By: By Tom Dermody Erin Pantages was in a grocery store check-out line in Mito, Japan, buying candy to bring home for her students at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights when the earthquake struck on Friday, March 11. The students won’t be getting the candy. Pantages left it in the basket when […]

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Volunteers pray as Annual Diocesan Appeal planning begins

By: By Tom Dermody Editor’s note: Photos from the day, including images of the prize drawing winners with Bishop Jenky, may be viewed (and purchased) by clicking on the camera icon on the left of this page. The 2011 Annual Diocesan Appeal will seek a goal of $5.5 million next month under the theme: “One […]

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Love, laughter, and the Lord mix at Marriage Mass, Date Night

Photo Caption: Bruce and Debbie Askins (right) of St. John’s Parish, Clinton, and Bob and Rita Williams of St. Patrick’s Church of Merna in Bloomington renew their vows at the Diocesan Marriage Mass Feb. 19. By: By Tom Dermody A “banquet of love” was followed by servings of laughter when married couples from around the […]

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Faith at workplace focus of leadership seminar March 12

By: By Tom Dermody A college sports coach, a lawyer, a corporate consultant and the Bishop of Peoria will all share how they integrate the Catholic faith into their work during a Faith-Based Leadership Seminar planned for Saturday, March 12, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Business leaders and managers from around the Diocese […]

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Lessons on St. Nicholas, God’s love delivered to lunch guests

Photo Caption: Earianah King, 4, gets an embrace from St. Nicholas (portrayed by Bob Beckenbaugh) during a lunch at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall near downtown Peoria on Dec. 6, the feast of St. Nicholas. By: By Tom Dermody Before dressing as St. Nicholas for a lunch with more than 350 hungry homeless and underemployed adults […]

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National Blue Ribbon Award to St. Vincent de Paul School “team”

Photo Caption: Surrounded by U.S. and diocesan dignitaries after ceremonies Monday, Bishop Jenky and Msgr. Gray hold a plaque recognizing St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. By: By Tom Dermody On a gymnasium stage surrounded by banners recalling athletic success, the entire St. Vincent de Paul School […]

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