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Tornadoes strike communities; lives, Catholic facilities spared

By: By Tom Dermody STREATOR — Msgr. John Prendergast said nearly everyone who came to a Red Cross Relief Center set up at St. Stephen’s gym and cafeteria after a tornado ravaged the nearby neighborhood last Saturday night shared a similar thought: “Thank God I’m alive.” “Anything after that, everyone realized, is all a blessing,” […]

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Mass draws First Communicants, closes ‘Year of the Rosary’

By: By Tom Dermody (Note: To view dozens of photos from this event, click on the “Post Photos” icon at left.) For the Olsen family from St. Patrick’s Parish in Washington, coming to the annual diocesan Mass for First Holy Communicants has become a “family tradition.” This year James and Amy Olsen’s son Jameson was […]

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Fr. Carlson, Fr. Pankiewicz ordained for diocese, assigned

Photo Caption: Father Paul Carlson, left, and Father James Pankiewicz lay prostrate on the sanctuary floor of St. Mary’s Cathedral. (For dozens more photos from the ordination, click on the camera link at left.) By: By Tom Dermody With “hearts full of joy,” the Diocese of Peoria welcomed Father Paul R. Carlson and Father James […]

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Pastors in East Peoria, Mahomet granted senior status

By: By Tom Dermody Two priests with a combined 89 years of service to the Diocese of Peoria have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, effective June 16. Both Father John Horton and Father Kenneth Marchulones turned 70 this year. Father Horton has been pastor of Our Lady of the Lake […]

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10-year-old ‘hero’ inspired Rantoul school, community

By: By Tom Dermody RANTOUL — St. Malachy’s School here is blessed with a caring, talented faculty, but if a vote were taken for 2010 Teacher of the Year, the unanimous winner would be an inspirational 10-year-old boy. Family and the many friends of young Luke Remington filled St. Malachy’s Gym on April 21 for […]

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Champaign weekend project packs 1 million meals for Haiti

By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — When the idea of packing 1 million meals in one weekend for earthquake victims in Haiti was proposed to her by a friend in late February, Alice Foreman had an understandable reply. “You’re nuts,” was the first reaction of the college senior who serves as president of University of […]

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Catholic radio comes to Peoria area with WPMJ 94.3 FM

By: By Tom Dermody Catholic radio programming is now being aired in the Peoria area thanks to a group headed by a man from El Paso, the birthplace of Catholic radio pioneer and sainthood candidate Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. WPMJ 94.3 FM — a Chillicothe-based station whose call letters now stand for “With Prayer Meet […]

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