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Two will be ordained to the priesthood for diocese at cathedral Mass on May 29

The two men to be ordained to the priesthood on May 29 at pictured in the churches of their home parishes. Deacon Austin Bosse is in St. Matthew Church, Champaign, while Deacon Nicolas Wilson is in St. Jude Church, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Two men will be ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during an Ordination Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The ordinands and their home parishes are: Deacon Austin Bosse, 34, of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, and Deacon Nicolas Wilson, […]

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Assignments include Fr. Burns to senior status, Fr. Laible to military archdiocese

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty-five priests are receiving new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Following is the full list, while a background story with additional details is found here. Father John Burns, from pastor, St. John the Apostle Parish, Woodhull; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Galva; and […]

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End of school year celebrated with Mass, gratitude, two years of diocesan awards

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka leads the applause for Dr. Noreen Dillon of St. Mark School in Peoria and Jane Barrett of Seton Catholic School in Moline after they were honored as Distinguished Principals of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, respectively, at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 5. Joining in are their pastors, Msgr. Brian Brownsey, center, and Father Mark DeSutter, far right. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After two challenging years of providing instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, the principals, pastors and school chaplains of Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria gathered May 5 to celebrate what they had been able to do. During a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, they heard words of thanks from Coadjutor Bishop Louis […]

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Bishop Tylka tells Class of 2021 ‘you have been chosen’ as commencements begin

Members of The High School of Saint Thomas More's Class of 2021 joyfully toss their graduation caps into the air moments after the conclusion of commencement ceremonies at the school on May 15. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

CHAMPAIGN — The mortarboards of the Class of 2021 may have been tossed to record heights at The High School of Saint Thomas More here May 15, fueled by the joy the seniors felt to be able to graduate as a class with family members present. That joy was shared by faculty, staff, and guests […]

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Archbishop Sheen’s 1952 Emmy Award gifted following birthday Mass at tomb

Joan Sheen Cunningham presents the Emmy Award won by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in 1952 to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, left, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at a Mass in front of Sheen's tomb on his birthday, May 8. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It is customary to give gifts to those celebrating birthdays, but in honor of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s 126th birthday on May 8, his family presented a gift to the Sheen Foundation. It was the Emmy Award for “Most Outstanding Personality” that was presented to the media pioneer and host of “Life is Worth […]

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“From darkness into Light”: Lexington parish responds in faith to church fire

A bouquet of flowers and a welcoming message for the St. Mary, Lexington, faith community were placed at the entrance to St. Joseph Church the weekend of May 1-2. "We hope you will find comfort here as your beloved church is repaired," the sign reads. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an update to a story originally posted on April 28. LEXINGTON — The interior of St. Mary Church here will be dark for several months following an April 28 fire, but the light of Christ is shining all the brighter outside its walls through the faith-filled members of this parish. “All […]

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“Treasures” from Archbishop Sheen arrive ahead of Mass on his birthday Saturday

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka and Paul Cunningham -- great-nephew of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen -- lift a prie dieu (kneeler) often used by the famed media pioneer and author when he prayed. The kneeler is among the sainthood candidate's personal items being donated to the Sheen Foundation by Joan Sheen Cunningham, Archbishop Sheen's closest living relative. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Saturday is Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s birthday, and his niece is giving the Sheen Foundation a truckload of very special gifts — personal items from her famous uncle including the Emmy Award that Archbishop Sheen won in 1952 for his television show, “Life is Worth Living.” Joan Sheen Cunningham, who lives in New York […]

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Sister Cor Marie, SSND, has lived up to her name for 70 years of religious life

Father Chales Klamut presents a flower arrangement to Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, SSND, who renewed her vows and received a blessing from him at Mass on April 25 at St. Anthony Church in Bartonville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BARTONVILLE — Sister Cor Marie Cielocha would have been satisfied to teach as a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 25 or even 40 years. Instead the Lord gave her 70 years and she couldn’t be happier. “I’m grateful — grateful to God that he let me teach the little children,” she […]

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After a year apart, PDCCW gathers volunteers for Mass, awards for service

Seventeen of the 25 women recognized with certificates of appreciation at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass celebrate by having their photo taken with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, who presided at the April 29 liturgy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women was forced to cancel last year’s Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good work done by women around the Diocese of Peoria continued. That service was recognized at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on April 29. Certain aspects of […]

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Intentionally set fire won’t stop the mission of Women’s Care Center in Peoria

Local and state fire inspectors examine the damage from an early morning fire May 3 at the Women's Care Center, 7319 N. University in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Our doors are open. We just don’t have any doors.” That’s how Connie McClure, director of client care at the Women’s Care Center in Peoria, assured a shocked pro-life community that the pregnancy center’s mission continues despite an early morning fire on May 3 that gutted its facility at 7319 N. University St. Fire investigators […]

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