700 show love for Our Lady

By: By Tom Dermody An 18-month effort to reinvigorate use of the rosary was given a prayerful and emotional launch Sunday during a Diocesan Rosary Festival that demonstrated deep love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. “As a church, we love Our Lady,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in welcoming about 700 people to the […]

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Speaker: vote values, but don’t stop there

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker John Carr is applauded after his keynote speech at the 2008 diocesan Institute of Catholic Social Ministry hosted by Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton. By: By Tom Dermody MORTON — The task for Catholics in these days before the national election is to “bring our deepest values to the voting booth” […]

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Grateful diocese honors its ‘golden’ couples

Photo Caption: Vere and Ruth Sutton of St. Patrick’s Parish, Colona, renew their marriage vows, as do Paul and Therese St. Ledger of St. Mary’s Parish, East Moline, seen behind them. By: By Tom Dermody After renewing the wedding vows they professed 50 years ago not once but twice last weekend, Paul and Therese St. […]

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Expanded, renovated Newman Center at U of I dedicated

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky and other dignitaries applaud as Father Gregory Ketcham cuts the ribbon outside the expanded St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois on Sunday. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Calling St. John’s Catholic Newman Center a “beacon of hope” on the University of Illinois campus, Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Hate in India, our front yard

By: By Thomas J. Dermody It was a tale of endured torture told by someone grateful to be alive. The victim recalled how at one point the captors poured kerosene on his head and threatened to strike a match. He and a companion were repeatedly kicked, beaten with iron rods and dragged through the streets […]

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Galesburg native connects with God through creation

Photo Caption: Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, a native of Galesburg, picks tomatoes in an organic garden at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at the Sisters of Providence motherhouse near Terre Haute, Ind. By: By Tom Dermody ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. — Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, is well connected, but not with the rich and famous. […]

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Bishop sets ‘Year of the Rosary’ in diocese

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky hopes the year of renewal will “reinvigorate the venerable practice of meditating on the Gospel through the prayers of the holy Rosary. By: By Tom Dermody The Diocese of Peoria will observe a special Year of the Most Holy Rosary from Aug. 15, 2009, through May 31, 2010. “I am happy […]

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New goal: Pro soccer player to study for priesthood here

Photo Caption: Chase Hilgenbrinck, right, greets other first-year seminarians and Father Brian Brownsey, vocations director, left. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Professional soccer player Chase Hilgenbrinck is changing fields to pursue greater goals. The Bloomington native on Monday announced his retirement from the New England Revolution team of Major League Soccer to begin studies […]

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Peoria Notre Dame considering new facilities, location

By: By Tom Dermody A feasibility study is planned this fall to determine the level of financial support for the construction of a new Peoria Notre Dame High School facility on donated land off Willow Knolls Road in north Peoria. The “intent to study” was announced Tuesday night by school officials during a town hall-style […]

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