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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Media coverage focus of 2009 Respect Life Dinner

Photo Caption: Father Bill Miller, IC, chairman of the diocese’s Respect Life Board, addresses a crowd of 200-plus at the Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 4. By: By Tom Dermody From biased reporting to sexual and violent content in programming, the media have an impact on life issues and those who promote the sanctity of […]

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If it’s Monday, it’s rosary night for Mendota couples

Photo Caption: Ed Lauer, shown with his wife Roberta, started the weekly rosary group at Holy Cross Church in Mendota 13 years ago. By: By Jennifer Willems Editor’s note — During October, a month of rosary devotion, The Catholic Post will introduce individuals and groups in central Illinois for whom the rosary has special meaning. […]

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Joy as diocesan retreat center is renamed Nazareth House

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary and members of their Family of the Two Hearts pose with Nazareth House’s new Holy Family statue. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Naming a Catholic institution is a moment of great joy, but it is also a moment of […]

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