Bishop Jenky’s retirement is accepted; Bishop Tylka becomes 9th Bishop of Peoria

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation for retirement of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka immediately succeeds him, becoming the ninth Bishop of Peoria. Bishop Jenky has headed the Peoria Diocese for nearly 20 years. His resignation was announced on March 3, Bishop Jenky’s 75th birthday and the age at which […]

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Religious emblems awarded at diocesan Mass for Scouts, American Heritage Girls

Scouts and American Heritage Girls who received religious emblems and awards for their work over the last year pose with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Glenn Harris, chaplain of Catholic Scouting in the Diocese of Peoria, after the Diocesan Scout and AHG Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before distributing religious emblems earned by more than 70 Catholic Scouts or American Heritage Girls on Feb. 27, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka called the youth and their adult leaders to an even higher goal. “I don’t want to diminish these awards,” Bishop Tylka said in congratulating the recipients during his homily at the annual Diocesan […]

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Mercer County faith communities merge to form new St. Mary Magdalene Parish

The churches of the merged parishes are pictured above with an image of the new parish's patron, St. Mary Magdalene. The churches include, from left, St. Anthony in Matherville, St. Catherine in Aledo, and St. John in Viola, which was damaged beyond repair by an arson fire last May.

ALEDO — The three Catholic parishes of Mercer County have merged to form a new parish under the patronage of St. Mary Magdalene. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, signed a decree outlining the merger and establishing the new parish on Jan. 26. The parishes that have merged include St. Catherine in Aledo, St. Anthony in […]

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60 U of I students deepen love for Jesus at SEEK22 in Tennessee; ripples are spreading

Students from the University of Illinois in Champaign pose with cutouts of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, and St. John Paul II at a regional gathering of SEEK22 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Tennessee. (Provided photo/Ava Aubry)

Nearly 60 students from the University of Illinois in Champaign traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, in early February for a regional gathering of SEEK22, a three-day event sponsored by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) to help college students grow deeper in their love for Jesus and call them to mission. And while the dates […]

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Married couples blessed, called to witness God’s love to the world

Galen and Jennifer Baxter of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan and couples throughout St. Mary's Cathedral kiss after their marriages were blessed by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka during the Diocesan Marriage Mass on Feb. 12. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In the 1970s, The Carpenters had a hit song called “Top of the World” that spoke of the bliss of being in love. At the Diocese of Peoria’s Marriage Mass on Feb. 12, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka told married couples from throughout the diocese than even when they feel totally blessed by their relationship, God […]

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Bishop Jenky is reflective, grateful ahead of 20th anniversary and 75th birthday

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will mark the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and celebrate his 75th birthday on March 3. (File photo by Nellie Gould)

Between COVID isolation and “getting creaky” as he ages, the last two years have afforded Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, much time for solitude and reflection. “I’m living almost like a Carthusian monk,” the bishop acknowledged as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and […]

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Marching for (our) change

Students from Peoria Notre Dame High School hold signs as they join with representatives of five other high schools in praying the rosary for an end to abortion and the triumph of the culture of life on Jan. 21 outside the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“What does it matter if we march? What does it do?” The questions were posed by Father Mike Schmitz, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth and host of the wildly popular “The Bible in a Year” podcast, on Jan. 21 at the end of his brief remarks to a throng gathered in Washington, D.C., […]

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Paul Moore: The harmony of heaven, when we all will be in perfect pitch

The late Jerry Klein, former Catholic Post columnist, at the piano. (Provided photo)

In My Father’s House / By Paul Thomas Moore My predecessor in this column space, my late father-in-law Jerry Klein, wrote not infrequently on these pages of his mind’s happy wanderings on the subject of heaven, “If God’s earth can be so beautiful, what must heaven be like?” There are many opinions of what heaven […]

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“A part of God’s work” — OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters in Peoria blessed

Bishop Tylka blesses the new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters in downtown Peoria and those who will work within it during ceremonies Jan. 25 in the remodeled and restored building's Heritage Hall. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before invoking God’s blessing on the new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters during joyful ceremonies in downtown Peoria on Jan. 25, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka had a message for those “on the front lines” caring for patients in this challenging time of pandemic. “I want you to know — everyone involved in OSF HealthCare and those […]

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Unable to go to national March for Life, students pray, rally together in Peoria

Wearing specially designed hoodies they had hoped to unite them at the national March for Life that day, students from Peoria Notre Dame are seen in the foreground during the opening procession of a Respect Life Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Jan. 21. Five other high schools were represented at the Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sharing the disappointment felt by many Catholic high school students in the diocese at not being able to attend that day’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offered a memorable lesson Jan. 21 to those attending alternate events planned for them in Peoria. Bishop Tylka urged the students, and all […]

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