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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‘The Lord’s been good’ to Galesburg pair wed 75 years

By: By Tom Dermody GALESBURG — The secret to a marriage that’s lasted 75 years? “The Lord’s been good to us,” said Lucille Thielbert, 91, who with husband Ralph, 93, earlier this month renewed the vows they had originally exchanged on May 8, 1935. While their marriage took place at St. Patrick’s Parish here, the […]

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Hundreds continue faith journey, fill cathedral at Rite of Election

Photo Caption: Hundreds of candidates and catechumens from throughout the diocese continued their journey toward the Easter sacraments at the Rite of Election on Feb. 21. By: By Tom Dermody The rituals that twice filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday with men, women and children from across the diocese taking an important step […]

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Faith-filled beginning to 2010 for Catholic college students

Photo Caption: More than 300 students, seminarians, and chaplains from the diocese were among those greeting 2010 at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students national conference in Orlando. By: By Tom Dermody The midnight balloon drop was more than a week ago, but the joy it symbolized will be lasting for hundreds of Catholic college […]

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Bishop’s 2010 Festival Letter a reflection on vocations

Photo Caption: It is “an awesome privilege to serve the Lord Jesus Christ as a Catholic priest,” Bishop Jenky writes in his 2010 Festival Letter, “Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me.” By: By Tom Dermody In a Festival Letter to the Diocese of Peoria on the theme of vocations, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Grateful diocese honors two groups supporting vocations

Photo Caption: Pere Marquette Awards for service went to the Serra Club of the Champaign-Urbana Vicariate (pictured with Bishop Jenky) as well as the Peoria Area Religious Vocations Support Group. By: By Tom Dermody As Thanksgiving Day nears and the late harvest continues, the Diocese of Peoria paused last Sunday to specially thank two groups […]

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State, national awards for Central Catholic ‘gentle lioness’

By: Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Humble, kind, spiritual. Aggressive, competitive, tough. Two different people? No, those divergent labels were all used this week to describe one senior student at Central Catholic High School. But there is a single word that unites the many facets of Kelly Curran. Winner. DURING A 48-hour period last week, Curran’s […]

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Pro-lifers near end of 40-day vigil urged to ‘finish strong’

Photo Caption: David Bereit, national campaign director of “40 Days for Life,” interviews Pat Conklin of Knox County Right to Life outside Peoria’s abortion facility on Oct. 25. By: By Tom Dermody The national campaign director of “40 Days for Life” brought words of encouragement to those taking part in the focused pro-life effort and […]

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