What is eclipsing God’s light in us?

As we approach the rare solar eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast on Aug. 21, the stories cautioning about how to view it and marveling at the wonder of the celestial event will multiply. From a spiritual perspective, some will say the eclipse is a harbinger of the end times. That’s not […]

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Our diverse diocese

Maronites and Filipinos and Burmese, oh my! Those who think that the Catholics who fill the pews of our churches in central Illinois are only of European descent should consider three news stories in our past two issues. From June 30 to July 4, the Quad Cities Myanmar Catholic Community hosted 1,000 persons, including three […]

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Let the church hear your voice

Two major online surveys, one local and one global, now being conducted by the church offer Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria an opportunity to share their thoughts with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and even Pope Francis. Bishop Jenky, as you may have seen on these pages or heard in your parish, is seeking […]

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‘A martyr at any moment’

Pope Francis has frequently said that there are more Christians being martyred today than during the persecutions of the church in the early centuries of Christianity. He would get no argument from the faithful in Egypt, where 29 Coptic Christians — including a number of children — were killed May 26 when masked assailants attacked […]

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Sacred ground

Visits to Catholic cemeteries in Raritan and Galesburg last week reaffirmed for me the sacred and invaluable nature of these resting places for our beloved dead found throughout our diocese. St. Patrick Cemetery in Raritan is located right next to the rural church. Walking through it with Deacon Lee Brokaw, who will be ordained a […]

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Thank you, Bishop Jenky, for 15 years of faithful leadership of our diocese

Bishop Jenky is applauded as he is seated for the first time in the Bishop's Chair at St. Mary's Cathedral during his Mass of Installation as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on April 10, 2002. (Catholic Post file/Patrick Murphy-Racey)

This is a year of milestones for Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. On March 3, he observed his 70th birthday. This year is also his golden jubilee of professing first vows with his religious community, the Congregation of Holy Cross. In December, it will be 20 years since he was ordained a bishop, first serving […]

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Supreme decision

As The Catholic Post went to press Tuesday, the second day of Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch — President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee — had just concluded. The remarks and questioning showed not only how important this and future nominations are to the nation, but also to the Catholic Church. Among […]

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Tornado response brings us together

The principle that “what unites us is greater than what divides us” is a foundation of almost any ecumenical dialogue or effort. And it is sadly, yet wonderfully, true that what unites our faith communities like nothing else seems to be major tragedies — be it a disaster of a national scope like 9-11 or […]

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Giving up, giving of

Here comes Lent and with it the question so many Catholics ask one another: “What are you giving up?” My go-to give-ups are salty snacks and/or diet soda. But while doing without Doritos and Diet Coke for 40 days is physically healthy, I don’t think that “sacrifice” alone increases my spiritual health in anticipation of […]

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