‘Messiness of life’ proves to be fertile ground for Pope Francis at 10 years

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Pope Francis on Sept. 8, 2022, the final day of a weeklong course of formation in Rome for more than 150 new bishops from around the world. Bishop Tylka said the pope has influenced his ministry by affirming that life is messy and that's OK, because that's where we find God. (Photo courtesy of L'Osservatore Romano)

Bishop Louis Tylka knew when Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony after his election on March 13, 2013, that things were about to change. “He came out dressed more simply and asked for prayers for him before he offered prayers for us,” Bishop Tylka said. “Something was different. Something was changing.” He said we […]

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More than 300 affirmed for their journey of faith at the Rite of Election

At the Rite of Election on Feb. 25, Bishop Louis Tylka leads the applause for those who will complete their initiation and be received in the full communion of the Catholic church at the Easter Vigil. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Lent is a time to be renewed and the word itself is about springtime, new growth and new life, said Bishop Louis Tylka as he presided over the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion on Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, Feb. 26, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Addressing the more than 300 […]

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Diocesan Scout Mass: Celebrating family of Scouting in the family of the church

Bishop Louis Tylka is surrounded by everyone who received an award in Scouting at the Diocesan Scout Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral Feb. 19. Among them were Margaret Hatton (top row, far left) and Chris Lugardo (top row, far right), who received the Bronze Pelican Award, as did Bishop Tylka. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

For Chris Lugardo, Scouting isn’t just an outdoor program. It’s youth ministry. “We started because it was something for our oldest to do when he was of age. But quickly, when I started looking through the Scout manual and seeing the values and virtues that Scouting was based on, that really appealed to us, because […]

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New round of ‘conversation starters’ planned for Growing Disciples process

Bishop Louis Tylka provides a “tactical update” on the Growing Disciples process via video. A new message regarding how the conversation will include the schools was released Feb. 28.

When it comes to Growing Disciples, the two-year pastoral planning process taking place in the Diocese of Peoria right now, Bishop Louis Tylka knows that everyone just wants to know what’s going to happen. He can’t give them an answer, however. “It’s not just about telling you what’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s about […]

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Ukrainians get help, hope from central Illinois as war enters second year

Chris Manson; vice president of government relations for OSF HealthCare and founder of U.S. Ambulances for Ukraine; presented details of the four shipments of ambulances filled with medical supplies with Champaign Rotary Club 3256 on Feb. 20. They are preparing another shipment with six ambulances and three fire engines for mid-March. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — As Russia’s war against Ukraine enters a second year, it seems like the forces of Vladimir Putin have the upper hand. They might be surprised to know there are forces at work that they don’t understand, however. One is the desire of a young girl from central Illinois to help people she didn’t […]

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Couple celebrates 300 episodes of ‘Being Catholic’ on Catholic Spirit Radio

Deacon Al Lundy blesses Lynn and Bob Johnston at the conclusion of the 300th episode of "Being Catholic," which they co-host on Catholic Spirit Radio. The Johnstons received a certificate from station management, as well as congratulatory messages from Bishop Louis Tylka and EWTN. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In bowling, a score of 300 is a cause for celebration. In local Catholic radio, Bob and Lynn Johnston are being celebrated for reaching 300 episodes of sharing the joy of “Being Catholic” each week on Catholic Spirit Radio. “Thank you for everything you’ve given not only to the radio station, but to […]

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Bishop: Lent invites us to focus on Paschal Mystery, pray for those entering church

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Mary Stech of Mahomet at the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last March at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. In his message for this Lent, he commends those who are preparing for the Easter sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist to the prayers of all the faithful in the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Dear Friends, Each year, the Church invites us to enter into a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter and the Sacraments of Initiation. This holy season of Lent is marked by practices that invite us to participate more fully in the Lord’s Paschal Mystery. We commit ourselves in a more intentional way to […]

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Opportunities for study, prayer and retreats announced as Lent begins

A file photo shows a crown of thorns at St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, N.J. Lent begins on Feb. 22, Ash Wednesday. (OSV News photo/Octavio Duran)

Fish fry listings posted, will be updated With the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, comes a listing of fish dinners being offered around the Diocese of Peoria. Information provided to The Catholic Post can be found in the print edition and will be added to our comprehensive online listing as it becomes […]

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Bishop at Catholic Schools Week Mass in Rock Island: ‘Put Jesus in the center’

Seton Catholic School student Macy DeMeulenaere receives Communion from Sister M. Bernadette, FSGM, at the Catholic Schools Week Mass hosted by Alleman High School in Rock Island on Feb. 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — Math, science, history and English are important subjects, but Catholic schools offer something more, something eternal, Bishop Louis Tylka said at a Mass marking the end of Catholic Schools Week. “To put Jesus in the center of all we do, to put Jesus at the center of how we live our lives […]

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‘Unmatched unity’ energizes witness of diocesan pilgrims to D.C. March for Life

The 50 students and chaperones from Peoria Notre Dame High School who took part in a five-day pilgrimage to the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., are pictured outside Union Station after the Jan. 20 march. (Provided photo)

High school students from the Diocese of Peoria who joined tens of thousands in Washington, D.C., for the national March for Life and related events on Jan. 20 returned with a deeper commitment to uphold the dignity of all human life, especially the unborn threatened by abortion. But the pilgrimage had an added spiritual bonus. […]

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