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100 years ‘just a number’ to long-serving Fourth Degree Knight Michael Faley

Louis Kanowsky, grand knight of Spalding Council No. 427 of the Knights of Columbus, presents a resolution passed at the state convention to Michael Faley that honors him for being a member of the fraternal organization for 77 years. The council named a meeting room in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Peoria for Mr. Faley, who turns 100 on Sept. 4. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Michael Faley says there are three secrets to a long life: keep all your doctor’s appointments, get plenty of rest, and try not to worry too much. It must work. The Peoria man will celebrate his 100th birthday on Sept. 4. “One hundred years is just a number,” Mr. Faley said with a smile. Pandemic […]

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Bishop Tylka’s one-month anniversary spent in Rock Island, Kewanee vicariates

"Who is Jesus to you?" asked Bishop Tylka during his homily at St. Pius X Church in Rock Island on Aug. 22. While we know Jesus as an historic figure and give him titles such as "Lord" and "Son of God," Bishop Tylka said Jesus wants a close, personal relationship with us as our brother and friend. Bishop Tylka celebrated Mass with representatives of parishes in the Rock Island Vicariate on Aug. 22 and with the faithful of the Kewanee Vicariate the following day. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On the one-month anniversary of his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka was on the road again — becoming more familiar with the people and places of his new diocese. “I’m still learning to embrace this new role that the Lord has called me to,” Bishop Tylka said in Kewanee on Aug. […]

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‘Welcome Tour’ takes Bishop Tylka to Galesburg, Macomb vicariates Aug. 15-16

After celebrating Mass for the Macomb Vicariate at St. Paul Church in Macomb on Aug. 16, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka went outside to greet the people who drove by the church doors to receive Communion. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Parish communities in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria got their chance to greet Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka as he continued his “Welcome Tour” over the weekend. Not only did he find faith and friendship, but he was also treated to meals with his priests and parishioners who were happy for the opportunity […]

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Flexibility, creativity are key as schools around the Diocese of Peoria reopen

Jane Barrett, principal at Seton Catholic School in Moline, and "Mr. Tony" Kerker, maintenance, measure out spaces on the hallway floor to give returning students some idea of what safe social distancing looks like. It is a scene being repeated at the 42 Catholic schools around the diocese as classes resume. (Provided photo)

“Flexibility” remains the key word as Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria have started to reopen for the 2020-2021 academic year. Joining them are Catholic school students from around the state, with all six dioceses making in-class instruction, as well as remote learning, available. Coming in as a close second to “flexibility” is the […]

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OSF HealthCare’s new Center for Health is blessed at Knoxville Ave., Peoria, location

Deacon Joe Knapp, manager of pastoral care at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, offers a prayer of blessing Aug. 11 at the the OSF Center for Health -- Knoxville Ave. in Peoria. Seated in front of him are Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of the board for OSF HealthCare, and Bob Anderson, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Blessing and dedication ceremonies took place Aug. 11 at the new OSF HealthCare Center for Health – Knoxville Ave. in Peoria, which is expected to welcome its first patients later this month. In late 2018, OSF HealthCare purchased the former Cub Foods building at 1800 N. Knoxville Ave., which had been vacant for nine years. […]

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Bishop Tylka begins ‘Welcome Tour’ with liturgies in Bloomington and Pontiac

Kelly and Kel Krenz and eight of their 10 children and two grandchildren visit with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in the parish center of St. Mary Church in Pontiac. The opportunity to meet people followed the Mass for the Pontiac Vicariate on Aug. 2. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka started to get acquainted with his new diocese last weekend by celebrating Masses at St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington on Aug. 1, and at St. Mary Church in Pontiac on Aug. 2. He drew a joyful response by calling them the first stops on his “Welcome Tour.” “I think […]

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Charismatic conference speakers online: keep eyes on Jesus in these troubled times

In this screenshot from the virtual conference of the Diocese of Peoria's Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Deacon Kevin Zeeb offers a blessing for main speak Caroline Gambale-Dirkes of 2Tim4 Ministries. The talks for the 34th annual gathering were given in the form of video presentations made available on YouTube.

The Holy Spirit always finds a way. When COVID-19 restrictions made it impossible to hold the 34th annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in person as scheduled July 25, organizers moved it online, with videos posted to YouTube. There viewers could find presentations by keynote speakers Caroline Gambale-Dirkes of 2TIM4 Ministries in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and […]

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Diocesan Plan for reopening schools: in-person instruction with online option

David Welch, principal at Carroll Catholic in Lincoln, takes the temperature of kindergarten teacher Emily Lund. This scene will become familiar for students and faculty at the 42 Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria as in-person instruction begins in August. (Provided photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series on how the 42 schools of the Diocese of Peoria are planning to reopen for the new academic year. Noting that children learn best through face-to-face instruction, Dr. Sharon Weiss said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka have given permission for […]

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‘Moment of grace’ — Bishop Louis Tylka is ordained as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria

One year ago -- on July 23, 2020 -- newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka received sustained applause following his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Leading the applause were (from left) Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, the bishops who consecrated him. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

(UPDATED July 24, 2020, including links to the full texts of remarks by Cardinal Cupich and Bishop Tylka) There was social distance between those present, yet every space inside St. Mary’s Cathedral was repeatedly filled with sounds of joyful praise, gratitude, and boisterous applause July 23 at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Louis Tylka, the […]

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Bishop-elect Tylka begins journey of faith with priests of Peoria Diocese at Vespers

Wearing the stole that belonged to Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette and the pectoral cross that belonged to Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding, the first bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka told the priests of the Diocese of Peoria, "We must rely on each other to assist in building up God's Kingdom." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Leaning on the history of his new diocese and looking to the future, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka formally began his journey of faith in the Diocese of Peoria on July 21 with Vespers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. He said that journey seemed improbable a little more than two months ago, when Pope Francis […]

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