Hurts, hopes, healing blend as Streator parishes consolidate

By: By Tom Dermody STREATOR — Expressing both hurts and hopes, the Catholic community of Streator prepared for the approaching transition from four parishes to one consolidated parish by coming together Monday night under one roof to pray, listen, and learn together. “It’s going to take everyone’s generosity, everyone’s good will, and everyone’s faith to […]

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New Geneseo parish center blessed; enhances school, too

By: By Tom Dermody GENESEO — With prayers of gratitude, songs of joy, tours, and plenty of home cooking, members of St. Malachy’s Parish here celebrated the dedication and blessing of a new parish center last Friday. “May all who come here know the presence of Christ, experience the joy of his friendship, and grow […]

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Historic changes in Streator as four parishes to consolidate

By: By Tom Dermody STREATOR — The four Catholic parishes that have served this community for a century and beyond will consolidate into one new parish effective Sept. 29, according to a plan approved by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The new parish, formally established by Bishop Jenky on July 1, will be named St. […]

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Catholic cemetery officials meet, discuss new state regulations

By: By Tom Dermody Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Peoria are impacted by tighter state regulations that took effect this spring, but the anxiety level for managers at Catholic parishes or cemetery associations should be low. “This is a ministry and mission of the church. I think our code of ethics is much higher […]

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Children’s Hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center dedicated

By: By Tom Dermody With gratitude to God and repeated admiration for the “unwavering faith and commitment” of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, the new Children’s Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria was blessed and dedicated in historic ceremonies July 16. “Let us ask for God’s […]

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‘Spontaneous love’ as diocese hosts Mother Teresa relics

Photo Caption: Mary House of Champaign touches a case containing sandals worn by Blessed Mother Teresa during a visit of the sainthood candidate’s relics to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on July 16. By: By Tom Dermody As the world prepares to observe the 100th anniversary of Blessed Mother Teresa’s birth on Aug. 26, the […]

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A Milestone Week ahead for new Peoria hospital facility

Photo Caption: The new Children’s Hospital of Illinois and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria will be blessed and dedicated July 16 as part of a series of grand opening events for the “Milestone Project.” By: By Tom Dermody “Just look what God has done with and through and for all of us and […]

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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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