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A state championship legacy

Photo Caption: The boys soccer team and Coach Mike Bare of Peoria Notre Dame High School show off the Class 2A championship trophy after defeating Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Saturday in Naperville. By: By Tom Dermody A hard-working, driven, talented, dedicated, close-knit family. Those are words coaches and players used to describe the 2008 boys soccer […]

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Building home at King’s House

Photo Caption: Enjoying the unseasonably warm weather at King’s House in Henry are (from left) Sister Isabel Romero, Sister Juana Maria Sanchez, Sister Sonia Mancuello and Sister Silvia Tarafa. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Good news travels fast, especially when prayers are being answered. That’s how the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus […]

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700 show love for Our Lady

By: By Tom Dermody An 18-month effort to reinvigorate use of the rosary was given a prayerful and emotional launch Sunday during a Diocesan Rosary Festival that demonstrated deep love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. “As a church, we love Our Lady,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in welcoming about 700 people to the […]

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Speaker: vote values, but don’t stop there

Photo Caption: Keynote speaker John Carr is applauded after his keynote speech at the 2008 diocesan Institute of Catholic Social Ministry hosted by Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton. By: By Tom Dermody MORTON — The task for Catholics in these days before the national election is to “bring our deepest values to the voting booth” […]

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Widowed, divorced receive blessing, love, encouragement

Photo Caption: Diocesan Mass for the Widowed and Divorced at St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, Oct. 12. By: By Jared Olar In Jesus Christ, all the suffering we endure has value. With those encouraging words, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomed those attending the Diocesan Mass for the Widowed and Divorced on Sunday afternoon at St. […]

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Signs of pro-life hope

Photo Caption: Young people take part in a “Life Chain” in Peoria on Sunday. By: By Jared Olar The right-to-life movement can look to the future with confidence and hope thanks to the growth of religious faith and pro-life conviction among the younger generation. Two hundred and fifty-one people gathered last Sunday night to hear […]

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Grateful diocese honors its ‘golden’ couples

Photo Caption: Vere and Ruth Sutton of St. Patrick’s Parish, Colona, renew their marriage vows, as do Paul and Therese St. Ledger of St. Mary’s Parish, East Moline, seen behind them. By: By Tom Dermody After renewing the wedding vows they professed 50 years ago not once but twice last weekend, Paul and Therese St. […]

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250 reflect on findings of Catholic schools study

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky is pictured among the 250 representatives of the diocesan Catholic school community discussing long-range planning Sept. 13 in Peoria. By: By Jared Olar Now halfway through an 18-month long-range planning study, the Catholic school community of the Diocese of Peoria took time Saturday to reflect on what the study’s findings are […]

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Expanded, renovated Newman Center at U of I dedicated

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky and other dignitaries applaud as Father Gregory Ketcham cuts the ribbon outside the expanded St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois on Sunday. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Calling St. John’s Catholic Newman Center a “beacon of hope” on the University of Illinois campus, Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Galesburg native connects with God through creation

Photo Caption: Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, a native of Galesburg, picks tomatoes in an organic garden at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at the Sisters of Providence motherhouse near Terre Haute, Ind. By: By Tom Dermody ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. — Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, is well connected, but not with the rich and famous. […]

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