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Bishop Jenky gives personal, heartfelt message as Annual Diocesan Appeal opens

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka are seen at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria in this screenshot from the 2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal promotional video to be shown at all parish Masses on Sept. 11-12.

The Annual Diocesan Appeal is vital to many church efforts in central Illinois, but this year’s campaign is especially personal for Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The appeal, to be conducted in most parishes the weekend of Sept. 11-12 on the theme “All in the Name of Jesus,” is likely to be the final one […]

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Diocese of Peoria’s schools comply with state’s mask and vaccination mandates

A masked and well-distanced choir provided music for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign on Aug. 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Wiillems)

Administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers in the 42 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria have been asked to comply with Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order about masking in indoor public places and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of diocesan schools, said she has been directed by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Bishop Tylka to students as schools open: Ask to be guided by the Holy Spirit daily

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka processes into the Don Morris Gymnasium at Alleman High School in Rock Island as the Mass of the Holy Spirit begins Aug. 27. He also visited the five other Catholic high schools and academies of the Diocese of Peoria for Masses as the new school year began. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

DANVILLE — One of the most important teachers and guides in life is the Holy Spirit and in Masses at Catholic high schools and academies across the Diocese of Peoria, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka encouraged students to lean on the Spirit for direction as the new school year begins. In addition to celebrating a Mass […]

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Sister Lea’s love for, knowledge of Sheen leads to appointment as vice postulator

Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, is pictured with an image of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at the Diocese of Peoria's Sheen Museum. Sister Lea has been named vice postulator of the beatification and canonization cause of the radio and television evangelist and author. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Humbling” is the word Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, uses to describe her appointment as the vice postulator of the cause for the beatification of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. That she was able to come up with that word is remarkable since she admits to being “totally speechless” when she received the news. “It’s a […]

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Texas’ 6-week abortion ban is law after Supreme Court fails to block it

Several prayerful and educational events are planned in the Diocese of Peoria near the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

(This story was updated on Friday, Sept. 3.) By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a late-night decision Sept. 1, the Supreme Court ruled against blocking a Texas law banning abortions at six weeks of pregnancy. The 5-4 vote, issued with a one-paragraph unsigned opinion, said the challengers to the Texas law […]

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‘Expectations exceeded’ at school in Uganda being built with local gifts

In just three and a half years, the campus of St. Patrick Nursery and Primary Day and Boarding School in Uganda has grown to include dormitories for boys and girls, a large classroom block named for St. Monica Parish in East Peoria, housing for teachers and an administration building, among other facilities and construction continues. Father Julius Turyatoranwa credits the generosity of people in central Illinois for the school’s success. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — Like everywhere else, COVID-19 has affected the people of Uganda, making it difficult to travel and hold school. Father Julius Turyatoranwa didn’t let it stop him from making his way back to central Illinois, however, and bringing good news about St. Patrick Nursery and Primary Day and Boarding School. He arrived on Aug. […]

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Diocese’s first married principals guiding Galesburg, Monmouth Catholic schools

She may be a Costa Catholic Academy Friar now and he may be a Immaculate Conception School Trojan, but Katie and Randy Frakes see eye-to-eye when it comes to teaching and witnessing to the faith, providing a good academic program, and supporting one another through all the challenges that come with being the Diocese of Peoria's first married principals. She is starting her first year at Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg and he is just down the road at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Randy and Kathryn Frakes weren’t afraid of letting a little school pride show on a recent August morning. The principal of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth, he wore an ICS blue shirt bearing the team mascot, a Trojan. As the new principal of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg, she was dressed appropriately enough in Costa […]

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Mary garden at St. Mary, Bloomington, is among winners of national contest

This Mary garden at St. Mary Church in Bloomington has been named the third-place winner in the community garden category of the 2021 Mary Garden Contest sponsored by the Museum of Family Prayer.

BLOOMINGTON — A little more than two years ago, a statue of Mary in need of cleaning was surrounded by overgrown evergreens in an alcove between St. Mary Church here and the parish rectory. On Aug. 18, a beautiful Mary garden created in that same spot received national recognition. The garden at St. Mary Church, […]

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New school year brings excitement to Peru Catholic, brief delay in Quad Cities

Welcoming students back to Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17 is principal Julie Schmitt, who holds the door for Ainsley and Brynn Grilc. Enrollment remains steady at 166 students this year, she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Some tears were shed as 3- and 4-year-old preschool pupils said goodbye to their parents and faced their first day at Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17, but it wasn’t long before backpacks were unpacked and everyone was celebrating being with friends old and new. The scene is being repeated at the 42 […]

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“A place of hope” — Construction site for OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute blessed

Members of The Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis -- as well as Sister M. Mikela Meidl, FSGM, second from right, executive vice president of OSF HealthCare -- take a turn at ceremonial shoveling during groundbreaking activities Aug. 17 at the Peoria construction site of the new OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The groundbreaking for the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute in Peoria was called “a milestone day” and “the beginning of a new era” in the treatment of the disease in central Illinois, but one speaker during ceremonies Aug. 17 began by sharing a “little secret” about the $237 million project. “I think they’ve already started to […]

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