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School secretary retires after 37 years, but love will go on

By: By Tom Dermody “St. Vincent de Paul School, Mary Davis speaking.” For 37 years, that greeting has welcomed callers to St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria. At the end of June, Mrs. Davis — who has served six principals as school secretary and been the gatekeeper for thousands of students and visitors — […]

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Special Father’s Day for newly ordained Macomb native, 70

By: By Tom Dermody MACOMB — As a NASA engineer involved in the Apollo and shuttle projects, Roy Runkle formerly launched rockets into space. Now, as a newly ordained priest at age 70, the Macomb native says with a smile that he is “launching souls to heaven.” This Father’s Day weekend had special meaning for […]

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‘Light of Hope’ shines brightly at Catholic Charities dinner

By: By Tom Dermody A Major League Baseball coach known for guiding runners to home plate helped direct the generosity of hundreds toward Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria at the agency’s annual “Light of Hope” dinner on June 12. “We’re here tonight to help people to give back,” said Rich Donnelly, a coach […]

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Catechists urged to look to example of Archbishop Sheen

By: By Tom Dermody As they teach the truth of Jesus in parishes, schools, and homes, catechists would do well to look to the example of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose cause for sainthood the Diocese of Peoria is promoting. The way the famed media pioneer carried out a teaching ministry with great love is […]

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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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