Media coverage focus of 2009 Respect Life Dinner

Photo Caption: Father Bill Miller, IC, chairman of the diocese’s Respect Life Board, addresses a crowd of 200-plus at the Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 4. By: By Tom Dermody From biased reporting to sexual and violent content in programming, the media have an impact on life issues and those who promote the sanctity of […]

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Trained for spiritual battle

Photo Caption: Angela Telthorst, a Mahomet native, joins more than 200 FOCUS missionaries in making a profession of faith at St. John’s Catholic Chapel. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Fresh out of boot camp, Ryan Purcell is ready to go to battle. His destination? The University of Illinois. Purcell is one of 86 first-year […]

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Still grateful after 47 years

Photo Caption: Forty-seven years after leaving Cuba as teenagers and living in Guardian Angel Home in West Peoria, the nine reunion participants pose with former home chaplain Fr. Richard Mullen in Champaign June 27 By: By Tom Dermody The Fourth of July weekend is all about gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy in the United […]

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1,100 ‘savor the moment’

Photo Caption: A 75-voice combined choir performs at “Catholic Connected: Beyond the Pew” at Krannert Hall in Urbana on June 3. By: By Tom Dermody URBANA — On a night when more than 1,000 Catholics from 19 faith communities made an historic regional “connection” through shared song and social time at the Krannert Center here, […]

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Cardinal to Newman grads: friendship more than Facebook

Photo Caption: Cardinal George bestows blessings at the close of the Graduation Mass at St. John’s Catholic Chapel, Champaign. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Popular online social networks such as Facebook and MySpace can be useful and enjoyable ways of contacting people and staying in touch, but Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago challenged […]

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Spotlight on Mary, rosary at DVD screening (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: A combined choir of women religious sing at the “Rosary Stars” prayer service at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 3. By: By Tom Dermody There was a Hollywood actor in St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, but the spotlight was squarely on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the rosary. “Although always put to a test, […]

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1,000 Catholic men take a stand, then kneel: (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: Nearly 1,000 men march through downtown Peoria in a public defense of faith, family, and the priesthood at the sixth annual “Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” By: By Tom Dermody The nearly 1,000 Catholic men taking a public stand in defense of faith, family, and priesthood in downtown Peoria last Saturday also […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal planning opens with eye on economy

Photo Caption: Elaine McGinnis of St. Bernard’s, Bushnell, receives the top attendance prize for her parish from Bishop Jenky at the 2009 Annual Diocesan Appeal kickoff event. By: By Tom Dermody The work of Christ must continue even in times of economic stress, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told hundreds of parish volunteers who met […]

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