Bishop Jenky is reflective, grateful ahead of 20th anniversary and 75th birthday

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will mark the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and celebrate his 75th birthday on March 3. (File photo by Nellie Gould)

Between COVID isolation and “getting creaky” as he ages, the last two years have afforded Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, much time for solitude and reflection. “I’m living almost like a Carthusian monk,” the bishop acknowledged as he approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Peoria on Feb. 12 and […]

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Teacher becomes ‘Bride of Christ’ as she is consecrated to the Order of Virgins

Christine Pinheiro prostrates herself on the sanctuary floor of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 5 as the Litany of the Saints is sung during the Mass at which she was consecrated to the Order of Virgins. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Wearing a wedding dress as she stood before Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, Christine Pinheiro resolved to accept consecration as a bride of Christ last Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A Latin and theology teacher at Peoria Notre Dame, she became the sixth woman in the Diocese of Peoria to be consecrated to the […]

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Masking is now optional in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka helped Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a visit on Feb. 4 that included the First Friday Holy Hour followed by classroom visits. Here he is pictured with second -graders in the classroom of Stefanie Cross. Three days later, the diocese announced it was updating its policy to make mask wearing optional in its Catholic schools. (Provided photo)

As of Feb. 8, masking is optional in the elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Peoria. The decision was made after broad consultation and communicated to diocesan school communities by the Office of Catholic Schools on Feb. 7. The updated policy applies to school personnel, as well as students. (See the accompanying statement […]

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“We Believe!” — new video shares 15 core belief statements of Catholic schools

Students at St. Mark School in Peoria get excited as they proclaim “We believe!” at the end of the video from the Office of Catholic Schools. The new video will premiere just before Catholic Schools Week begins. (Photo courtesy of Daryl Wilson Photography)

Knowing how to do something is important. Knowing why you’re doing it is even better. That was the thought behind “We Believe,” a new video (below) from the Office of Catholic Schools that will be released as Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of diocesan schools, said it has been “a […]

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Holy Family in Peoria hosts Friar Bede’s ordination as transitional deacon

Bishop William Patrick Callahan, OFM Conv., smiles as he lays his hands on the head of Father Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv., calling down the Holy Spirit as he ordains the friar to the transitional diaconate on Jan. 15 at Holy Family Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Gratitude is the primary emotion Friar Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv., feels after being ordained a transitional deacon on Jan. 15 at Holy Family Church in Peoria. Well, that and “being thankful for the opportunity to serve people as a deacon and, God willing, some day as a priest,” he told The Catholic Post. The celebration […]

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“A part of God’s work” — OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters in Peoria blessed

Bishop Tylka blesses the new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters in downtown Peoria and those who will work within it during ceremonies Jan. 25 in the remodeled and restored building's Heritage Hall. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Before invoking God’s blessing on the new OSF HealthCare Ministry Headquarters during joyful ceremonies in downtown Peoria on Jan. 25, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka had a message for those “on the front lines” caring for patients in this challenging time of pandemic. “I want you to know — everyone involved in OSF HealthCare and those […]

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Unable to go to national March for Life, students pray, rally together in Peoria

Wearing specially designed hoodies they had hoped to unite them at the national March for Life that day, students from Peoria Notre Dame are seen in the foreground during the opening procession of a Respect Life Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Jan. 21. Five other high schools were represented at the Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sharing the disappointment felt by many Catholic high school students in the diocese at not being able to attend that day’s national March for Life in Washington, D.C., Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offered a memorable lesson Jan. 21 to those attending alternate events planned for them in Peoria. Bishop Tylka urged the students, and all […]

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March for Life speakers confident about abortion law changes but see work ahead

People walk up Constitution Avenue headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court while participating in the 49th annual March for Life in Washington on Jan. 21. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Speakers at the annual March for Life on Washington’s National Mall Jan. 21 spoke of a likely tipping point in the current protest against legalized abortions in the United States, but they also urged the crowd to remain vigilant in their advocacy and support for […]

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Bishops offer gratitude as schools operate in ‘demanding circumstances’

Vanessa Fite calls the objects her kindergartners are looking for during a game of bingo at Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. In a letter to principals, faculty and staff dated Jan. 10, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka appreciate everything they are doing “in very complicated and demanding circumstances” as COVID-19 continues to surge. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As principals, faculty and staff at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria returned to the classroom after Christmas break, they received words of encouragement from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka “deeply appreciate all that you are doing today in very complicated and demanding circumstances.” “We know […]

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Date of Mass for the Unborn changed to Jan. 21; high school pilgrims now invited

Father William Miller offers the homily at last year's Mass for the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children at St. Mary's Cathedral. High school students unable to attend the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., because of COVID concerns are invited to this year's Mass, which will be celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Jan. 21. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Diocesan high schools may not be traveling to Washington, D.C., for the National March for Life, but that doesn’t mean they won’t participate. The trip will just be a little shorter. Students, chaplains and chaperones from Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, Schlarman Academy in Danville, […]

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