School enrollment in diocese up as 11,102 ‘choose everything’

Photo Caption: Members of the fourth grade class at Holy Cross School in Champaign dressed as saints for an-school Mass on Oct. 27 in anticipation of the church’s celebration of All Saints. By: By Tom Dermody Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria are celebrating the first overall enrollment increase in a decade. The announcement […]

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Goosebumps and blessings: Area pilgrims home after seeing pope

Photo Caption: Hundreds of pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria were among the throngs that greeted Pope Francis during his Sept. 22-27 visit to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. By: By Tom Dermody The hundreds of pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria who traveled in late September to see Pope Francis in the […]

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New Immaculate Conception Church and Hall in Manito blessed

Photo Caption: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses the altar at the new Immaculate Conception Church in Manito during the Mass with the rites of dedication on Sept. 27. By: By Jennifer Willems MANITO — Looking around the sanctuary of the new Immaculate Conception Church last Sunday, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said, “I am […]

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119 golden, silver anniversary couples renew vows at cathedral

Photo Caption: Don and Charlene MacGregor (foreground, married 50 years) of St. Joseph, Pekin, and Michael and Michelle Jansz (25 years) of St. Columba, Ottawa, renew their marriage vows at the Anniversary Mass. By: By Tom Dermody Mary Ellen Johnson called the diocesan Anniversary Mass in Peoria on Sunday the culmination of this year’s celebration […]

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Before classes began, 900 teachers reminded of ‘special call’

Photo Caption: Standing around the altar on the stage of the Peoria Civic Center, Bishop Jenky and priests who minister at Catholic schools concelebrate Mass at the Diocesan Teachers’ Institute. By: By Jennifer Willems Teaching is a daunting vocation and even Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, admits he trembles when he thinks of his responsibility […]

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Totus Tuus: totally fun, inspiring summer weeks around diocese

Photo Caption: The children who attended the day program for Totus Tuus in LaSalle July 19-24 shout “God is good!” By: By Jennifer Willems LASALLE — Who says sharing the faith can’t be fun, as well as deeply spiritual and inspiring? This summer, four teams of college students and seminarians have been using laughter and […]

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