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Catholic schools adapt, students happy to be “in person” at end of first quarter

Led by Father Matthew Deptula, pastor, the children in Katie Grivetti's kindergarten class at St. Edward School in Chillicothe show Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka how they can make the sign of the cross. Bishop Tylka visited each classroom during his vist on Oct. 13, the feast of St. Edward. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Administrators at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria admitted to having some concerns about the pandemic as they welcomed students back for in-person instruction in August, but as the first quarter ended last week they said the students are happy and doing well — masks included. “We couldn’t be happier,” said Mike Domico, principal […]

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Delayed Chrism Mass celebrated; holy oils are blessed, priests renew their promises

Father Don Roszkowski, assistant chaplain at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, presents the Oil of the Sick at the Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral on Oct. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Despite the fact that for many this is still a “painful time of quarantine,” the good news is that the faith of the Catholic Church has not been quarantined, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said as he celebrated the Chrism Mass on Oct. 20 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “Our hope has not been […]

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Bishop Tylka welcomed into the family at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as he talks about his collection of Chicago Blackhawks jerseys, sweatshirts and t-shirts and how he instructed his sister and nephew from New Jersey to put one on if they wanted to go to a game with him. In the same way, we must put on Christ if we hope to live as a disciple, he said during his visit to St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal on Oct. 11. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — Family is an important concept at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka was welcomed into that family when he celebrated Mass here on Oct. 11. It marked his first official visit to a Newman Center in the Diocese of Peoria since his episcopal ordination on July 23. […]

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Bishop Jenky’s Respect Life Month message: Work, pray tirelessly for Gospel of Life

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads a rosary outside the former abortion clinic in Peoria in this file photo. In a message for the 2020 Respect Life Month, the bishop says the right to life is the first of all our human rights, and "the destruction of human life in the womb is an intrinsic evil." (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a letter released Oct. 5, 2020, by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to mark Respect Life Month: — Human beings are made in the very image and likeness of God.  It is for this reason that, although abortion is not the only evil that afflicts human society, the right to life […]

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Backyard grotto is a peaceful place of prayer as Dr. Michele Couri fights illness

Dr. Michele Couri sits in the new grotto that was built over the summer in a wooded area in back of her house in Peoria. The statue of Mary and Jesus was carved in Lebanon. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In a wooded area in the back of her north Peoria home, Dr. Michele Couri finds the peace she needs to face challenges big and small, with help from the Virgin Mary, the Child Jesus and St. Sharbel. It comes in the form of a grotto constructed over the summer by a family friend, Patrick […]

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Stops in Ottawa, Oglesby end vicariate phase of Bishop Tylka’s “Welcome Tour”

As Father John Bosco Mujuni (left) looks on, Father Gary Blake welcomes Coadjutor Louis Tylka to the LaSalle Vicariate Oct. 4. The celebration was held at Holy Family in Oglesby, where Father Blake is pastor. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With joy and some sadness, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka brought his “Welcome Tour” to an end with Masses of Thanksgiving at St. Columba Church in Ottawa on Oct. 3 and Holy Family Church in Oglesby on Oct. 4. The Ottawa and LaSalle vicariates were the last of the Diocese of Peoria’s 12 vicariates to host […]

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Requiem Mass for Archbishop John J. Myers recalls man of faith, “really good bishop”

Archbishop John J. Myers leaves St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria for the last time Sept. 30 as his casket is carried to the hearse that will take him to the Bishops' Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria. Archbishop Myers, the Archbishop Emeritus of Newark and a former Bishop of Peoria, died Sept. 24 at the age of 79. Serving as pallbearers were six of his former administrative assistants in Peoria and Newark. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Archbishop John J. Myers was recalled as a man of faith, prayer, a scholar, a teacher, and as “a really good bishop” during a Solemn Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Archbishop Emeritus of Newark and former Bishop of Peoria was interred in the Bishop’s Mausoleum at St. […]

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Bishop Tylka continues Welcome Tour with Masses for Peoria, Pekin vicariates

Brian and Michelle Reynolds of St. Bernard Parish in Peoria were among those greeting Bishop Louis Tylka following the Peoria Vicariate Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Sept. 26. Brian is in formation for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

If “actions speak louder than words,” as Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka repeatedly reminded representatives of parishes from the Peoria and Pekin vicariates at separate Masses the weekend of Sept. 26-27, then this much is clear: Bishop Lou loves his new diocese. The Masses on Saturday afternoon at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Peoria and […]

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October’s Respect Life Month activities adapting to the challenges of 2020

40 Days for Life participants pray outside the former abortion clinic in Peoria in this file photo. October is Respect Life Month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

With the cancellation of such traditional October events as the Respect Life Dinner in Peoria and the Pastors Pro-life Dinner in Galesburg due to concerns over COVID-19, Respect Life Month will look a little different this year. Rather than looking at what we can’t do, however, Father William Miller prefers to look at what can […]

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Archbishop John J. Myers, former bishop of Peoria, Newark archbishop emeritus, dies

Bishop John J. Myers visits with St. John Paul II during an ad limina visit to the Vatican representing the Diocese of Peoria in 1997. Archbishop Myers, archbishop emeritus of Newark, died Sept. 24, 2020, in Ottawa, Illinois. (Photo by Felici)

(UPDATED ON SEPT. 25) OTTAWA — Archbishop John J. Myers, the seventh Bishop of Peoria who went on to lead the Archdiocese of Newark from 2001 until his retirement in 2016, died early Thursday morning, Sept. 24, 2020, at a senior care facility here. He was 79. A native of Earlville, Archbishop Myers was a […]

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