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Pope Francis, Bishop Tylka ask prayers for ailing Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI is pictured during his final general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this Feb. 27, 2013, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The day after Pope Francis told people retired Pope Benedict was “very sick” and in need of prayers, the Vatican said he had had a restful night and described him as being in serious, but stable condition. “I would like to ask all of you for a special prayer for emeritus […]

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A Christmas message from Bishop Tylka: ‘Let the light of Christ shine forth!’

The Nativity scene from St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria was loaned to the Peoria Community Festival of Nativities for the first time this year, lighting up one corner of the room. It was one of more than 750 Nativities displayed for the seventh annual show, which was hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had as its theme “The Prince of Peace.” Among the sponsors were Holy Family Church and St. Vincent de Paul Church, both in Peoria. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception in West Peoria also loaned their collection of Rolan Johnson’s artwork again this year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems and Shannon Reznik)

The sights and sounds of the season surround us. We are filled with joy as we celebrate the “Good News” of the Savior’s birth. Throughout the Sacred Scriptures, we see time and again prophets such as Isaiah foretelling the coming of the Messiah. Often in poetic yet stark images, the prophecy portrayed God’s desire for […]

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Bishop Jenky celebrating 25 years as a bishop; rediscovering joy of community

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, holds the gift basket that was presented to him by Cursillo en Espanol at a Diocesan Ultreya in December 2018. A Santa Claus pillow could be seen clearly and he quipped that “I’m starting to look more like the jolly old fellow -- beard, belly and all.” Bishop Jenky was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, on Dec. 16, 1997. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

As Christmas neared 25 years ago, Bishop Emeritus Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, received a gift from Pope John Paul II, although he didn’t fully realize how great a gift it was at the time. On Dec. 16, 1997, he was ordained to serve as the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana. […]

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Ukrainian refugees share gratitude for warm welcome, support in Monmouth

Pictured during a welcome potluck hosted Nov. 29 by Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth are recently arrived refugees from Ukraine Stepan Skrypnychenko and Olesia Chychaova (left) and the Bud family, including parents Vitalii and Irene and children Zack (12) and twins Milena and Mark (9), holding gifts to them presented at the dinner. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MONMOUTH — Irene and Vitalii Bud held out for eight months before deciding to leave their beloved-but-war-torn homeland of Ukraine with their three children. However, when Russian bombs reached their city of Rivne and power plants were being targeted as the bitter cold of winter approached, the Bud family fled on a journey that eventually […]

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‘O Holy Night’ favorite Christmas hymn in survey of music leaders across diocese

Forty parish music directors, choir directors, and organists shared their favorite Christmas hymns in a Catholic Post survey this month. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“O Holy Night” edged out “Silent Night” as the favorite Christmas hymn or carol in a Catholic Post survey of parish music directors, choir directors, or organists/accompanists from across the Diocese of Peoria. “I have heard it sung by so many different singers, and each rendition is beautiful in its own way,” said Mary Edgerley, […]

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Bishop Tylka visits Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silvis as patroness honored

Bishop Louis Tylka, as Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, removes the tilma from Juan Diego, played by Jeronimo Corral, that bears the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, so it can be venerated. Looking on is Deacon Aaron Hoste. In real life, the garment Juan Diego wore in 1531 is now displayed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

SILVIS — Making his first visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church here on Dec. 10, Bishop Louis Tylka joined parishioners for a festive Mass and dinner honoring their patroness, whose feast day is Dec. 12. And who better to play the role of Archbishop Juan de Zumarraga, to whom the Blessed Mother sent Juan […]

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Newly ordained permanent deacons celebrate ‘beginning of what is to come’

Bishop Louis Tylka is surrounded by the 20 permanent deacons he ordained Dec. 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. On his right is Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general, and on his left is Msgr. Tim Nolan, episcopal vicar for the permanent diaconate. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In ordaining 20 permanent deacons for the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Louis Tylka asked them not to see the joy-filled liturgy as the culmination of more than five years of preparation, but rather “the beginning of what is to come” in their life of service. “The world looks to […]

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St. John’s Chapel in Champaign, heart of Newman Center, getting some love

Father Robert Lampitt, head chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center, said this conceptual drawing shows the direction they are going with the renovation of St. John's Chapel at the University of Illinois in Champaign. "The colors might be adjusted a bit," he said. "We're going to get it right." Provided artwork

CHAMPAIGN — For more than 20 years, leaders at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center have dreamed of renovating and restoring St. John’s Chapel. Starting Dec. 19, work will begin to make that dream a reality. “We’ve worked really hard on all of our ministries, our pastoral efforts, to sharpen those and give them greater focus […]

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Evangelization is topic for first of five videos bringing ‘Growing Disciples’ to life

Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Adam Cesarek are seen talking about evangelization in a new video for the "Growing Disciples" process. The conversation was filmed at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia by Sam Mangieri of Fiat Films. (Provided photo/Sam Mangieri)

Evangelization isn’t as scary and difficult as people imagine and in a new video, Bishop Louis Tylka and Father Adam Cesarek talk about the beauty and simplicity of sharing what Jesus has done for us. Part of the “Growing Disciples” pastoral planning process, the video is designed to explore one of the five foundations on […]

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Diocesan Ultreya brings Cursillistas together for the first time in four years

Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as he receives a gift basket from the Cursillo en Espanol community from Evelio Aguilarat the Diocesan Ultreya on Nov. 5. Included were a flower and Mexican snacks and soft drinks.. Looking on are Deacon Gabriel Guerrero (left) and Deacon Rick Miller. (Provided photo/Greg Taylor)

After four years of being separated due to the pandemic, the Cursillo community reconnected in a big way on Nov. 5 with a Diocesan Ultreya at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Joining them for the first time was Bishop Louis Tylka, who celebrated the Mass. The celebration was hosted by Peoria Cursillo and drew members […]

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