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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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‘God holds you that way’ — Baby plays role in St. Bede Academy chaplain’s homily

Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain at St. Bede Academy in Peru, holds Londyn Irene McClain, who is helping him with a homily at the school's Epiphany Mass on Jan. 6. "Did you ever think that God holds you that way," he asked the students. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Londyn Irene McClain wasn’t quite sure what to make of Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, who held her in his arms while he gave his homily during an Epiphany Mass at St. Bede Academy, but she didn’t interrupt him. Just 8 months old, she played her part well as he talked about God’s love […]

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Calendar helps give diocese’s seminarians the gift of our prayers throughout 2022

The Office of Priestly Vocations has developed a monthly prayer calendar that includes the 21 seminarians, their families, our bishops, vocations leaders, and others.

Seminarians who returned to the Diocese of Peoria for Christmas consider these visits “grace-filled times,” not just because they get to see their families and friends, but because they have encounters with the people they will serve someday. “It can be easy to lose sight of our purpose while we are occupied with the busy […]

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Most Catholic schools welcome students back, emphasize safety as COVID-19 surges

Dori Laidler, a kindergarten student at St. Philomena School in Peoria, dons a Spiderman mask as she prays during a eucharistic procession on the school grounds in October. Safety measures remain in place at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria as COVID-19, including the omicron variant, continued to surge at the beginning of 2022.(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Christmas break ended Jan. 3 for Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria, with almost all of them planning to welcome students at some point during the week. Safety measures were still very much in place as COVID-19 continued to surge in some areas. One exception was Holy Family School in Peoria, which posted a […]

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Bishop Tylka emphasizes evangelization in meeting with women’s council leaders

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka met with members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women for the first time in December and they covered a wide range of issues as they got to know one another. They are (from left) Barbara Harzman of Macomb; Mary Anna Meyer, Peoria; Carolyn Cauwels, Cambridge; Nympha White, Grand Ridge; Agnes Christman, Danville; Msgr. Dale Wellman, Port Byron; Mary Ann Hughes, Westville; April Adams, Metamora; Jane Harris, Peoria; Kim Padan, Danville; and Melissa Appel, Dunlap. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Evangelization, support for priests, and eucharistic revival were among the topics discussed by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and the board members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women during their first meeting in December. He also thanked them for their work and offered his blessing. The PDCCW board and their longtime spiritual adviser, Msgr. […]

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‘Seeing the Face of God’ — a Christmas message from Bishop Louis Tylka

The Nativity of Our Lord is depicted in this section of a larger stained glass window from the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at the Diocese of Peoria's new Sacre-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. It is one of nine windows from Germany that formerly adorned Sacred Chruch in Rutland and have now found a new home in the retreat center's main chapel. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Once again, we find ourselves prepared to welcome Christ in the celebration of Christmas. We have decorated our tree, wrapped the presents, and prepared our homes and meals. But more importantly, we have spiritually readied ourselves to welcome the truth of this holiday — our Savior has been born! Bishop Louis Tylka Each time we […]

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