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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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Danville faithful take Guadalupe message, roles to heart

Photo Caption: At a Guadalupe drama at Holy Family Church, Danville, Juan Diego, portrayed by Santiago Castaneda, reveals the image of Our Lady on his tilma. By: Jennifer Willems DANVILLE — To attend a celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Family Church here is to understand that this is no […]

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Champaign students restore, recycle statues in disrepair

Photo Caption: Students at St. Matthew’s School, Champaign, repair a statue of Mary. By: Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — Done in the right spirit, recycling can apply to more than newspapers, glass containers and aluminum cans. Placing old rosaries, crucifixes and statues in new hands is something Msgr. Mark Merdian, pastor of St. Matthew’s Parish, has […]

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Sibling rosary: 10 from family pray it together again

Photo Caption: The 10 Fandel siblings and their extended families pray the rosary on a recent Sunday afternoon in the garage of Donald “Doc” Fandel’s Germantown Hills home. By: By Jennifer Willems By Jennifer Willemsof The Catholic Post GERMANTOWN HILLS — Little did they know it, but when Leo and Lydia Fandel called their 12 […]

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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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Changing the world one rosary at a time in Pontiac

Photo Caption: With a variety of beads to work with, the rosary makers at Pontiac Towers craft between 30 and 40 rosaries each week. Here, Mary Monical (left) and Barb Trainor compare beads to differentiate between By: Jennifer Willems PONTIAC — Every Thursday afternoon, a small group of women gathers in the craft room of […]

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Speaker: “Vulnerables” criteria to judge health care reform

Photo Caption: Pictured at the annual Diocesan Health Care Day on Nov. 3 are, from left, Msgr. Mark Merdian, Robert Gilligan, and Patrick Cacchione. By: By Jennifer Willems Health care reform that does not respond to the needs of the most vulnerable members of society presents a challenge that people of faith must be ready […]

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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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Grief journey is never easy, pastoral care ministers told

Photo Caption: In prayer at the Pastoral Care Day of Reflection are Anna Sykes of Holy Family Parish and Provena Hospice, Danville; Lou Lowe of Sacred Heart, Peoria; and Georgia Kelm of St. Teresa, Earlville. By: By Jennifer Willems There is no escaping grief. It touches everyone for different reasons, in different ways and for […]

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