‘Be strong,’ Bishop Jenky tells parish respect life coordinators

Photo Caption: Newly commissioned parish coordinator Mary Lievens of St. Anthony’s Parish in Matherville receives a certificate from Bishop Jenky. By: Jennifer Willems Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, brought good news and bad news with him when he celebrated Mass for respect life coordinators from around the diocese last Saturday, and he delivered both with […]

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Philo the hub of ‘Extreme Makeover’ generosity

Photo Caption: Msgr. James Ramer celebrates Mass at the construction site. By: By Jennifer Willems PHILO — Need doesn’t make an appointment. It usually comes on fast and strong and requires immediate attention. As students returned to St. Thomas School in Philo, and Holy Trinity School and Central Catholic High School in Bloomington last week, […]

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First students “make history” at new St. Jude Catholic School

Photo Caption: Father R. Anthony Lee presents hard hats to 3-year-old pre-schools students as part of their initiation into the “St. Jude Builder’s Club” By: Jennifer Willems Before he cut the maroon ribbon that stretched across the doors that led to the classrooms of the new St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria, Father R. Anthony […]

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As schools open, principals commissioned and awards bestowed

Before students stepped foot in their parish schools this week, their principals took time to pray together, to honor their colleagues for distinguished service, and to look to the future of Catholic education in the Diocese of Peoria. The opening liturgy for the 2009-2010 school year brought the principals from the diocese’s 49 Catholic elementary […]

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King’s House to be renamed ‘Nazareth’

Photo Caption: An aerial view of King’s House of Retreats in Henry, which will be renamed “Nazareth House” during ceremonies on Sept. 15. HENRY — The diocesan retreat center here will be known as “Nazareth House” following a Mass of Renaming to be celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on Sept. 15. For nearly […]

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300 show heart for service in Champaign

Photo Caption: Brant Hartman of Goshen, Ind., helped repaint the Restoration Urban Ministries buildings in Champaign during a Catholic HEART Workcamp held July 19-24. CHAMPAIGN — “Wonderful.” “God-given.” “I’m so thankful to God.” With those and similar words, Bruce Warner Sr. expressed his joy and gratitude for the repairs, maintenance and improvements to his Urbana […]

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100 seek God’s plan for lives at Emmaus Days

Photo Caption: 22 freshman and sophomore boys took part in Emmaus Days Session III at St. Bede. By: By Jared Olar God has an individual plan for everyone, and we are called to cooperate with that plan whatever it may be. That important message was delivered to about 100 boys and young men who took […]

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Trained for spiritual battle

Photo Caption: Angela Telthorst, a Mahomet native, joins more than 200 FOCUS missionaries in making a profession of faith at St. John’s Catholic Chapel. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Fresh out of boot camp, Ryan Purcell is ready to go to battle. His destination? The University of Illinois. Purcell is one of 86 first-year […]

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Still grateful after 47 years

Photo Caption: Forty-seven years after leaving Cuba as teenagers and living in Guardian Angel Home in West Peoria, the nine reunion participants pose with former home chaplain Fr. Richard Mullen in Champaign June 27 By: By Tom Dermody The Fourth of July weekend is all about gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy in the United […]

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