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20 permanent deacons will be ordained Dec. 3, bringing total to 134 in diocese

Shown here are the 20 permanent deacon candidates of Class XI and their wives, who were involved in their formation over the last six years. The candidates will be ordained by Bishop Louis Tylka on Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (Graphic by Sonia Nelson)

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the permanent diaconate of the Diocese of Peoria will grow to 134 when Bishop Louis Tylka ordains 20 men at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow at the nearby Spalding Pastoral Center. The celebration is expected to fill the cathedral, so […]

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Teens grateful for diocese’s Abide in Me retreat, chance to get closer to Jesus

Following a talk, Abide in Me retreatants are led on a "trust walk" around the parish grounds and into St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills by Karen Hertzner, one of the presenters who also served as masters of ceremonies for the weekend. (Provided photo/Katie Bogner)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Lindsey Britton encountered God’s love in a personal way at the Abide in Me diocese-wide youth retreat Nov. 5-6 hosted by St. Mary of Lourdes Parish here. But the freshman at Alleman High School in Rock Island got an unexpected bonus. “I met God, but also met myself and who God wants […]

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At All Souls Day Mass, mausoleum chapel is named for St. Joseph of Arimathea

Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the newly renovated chapel at Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria at the start of a noon Mass on All Souls Day, Nov. 2. The bishop announced the chapel will now be named the Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

All Souls Day is not a sad day, said Bishop Louis Tylka, because “death is not the end” and “we are a people of hope waiting for that day when we will all be united in God’s eternal kingdom.” Bishop Tylka was the principal celebrant of a Mass on Nov. 2 — the Commemoration of […]

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Diocesan plans for eucharistic revival foster unity, encounters with Christ

Bishop Louis Tylka elevates the Blessed Sacrament and the chalice he bought during a recent trip to Rome at a Mass with the priests of the Diocese of Peoria at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 19. The chalice, along with a paten and ciborium, will be used by all the priests over the next two years as part of the diocesan observance of the National Eucharistic Revival. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The National Eucharistic Revival will occupy the hearts and minds of Catholics around the United States for the next three years, but leaders in the Diocese of Peoria hope that what is beginning will continue for years to come, according to Phillip Lee, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. Activities in support of […]

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OSF Heart of Mary celebrates 100 years of Catholic health care in Urbana area

Bishop Louis Tylka smiles as Marion Anderson encourages him to give a good blessing to her friend, Nichole Miller, at the rededication of OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center on Oct. 6. To their left are Sharon Ingram and Colleen Thomas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

URBANA — With prayer, blessings and gratitude, OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center staff, friends and benefactors celebrated 100 years of Catholic health care in the Urbana-Champaign community. While the Sisters of Mercy, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis were all praised […]

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Two pro-life centers blessed in Peoria Oct. 13 as Respect Life Month continues

With help from Bishop Louis Tylka, Ann Kube cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new site for the Women's Care Center at 2609 Knoxville Ave., in Peoria, on Oct. 13. The original location was destroyed by an arson fire on May 3, 2021. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As Respect Life Month continues, two centers in Peoria dedicated to upholding life and the dignity of women were blessed by Bishop Louis Tylka, who offered gratitude “for the many, many lives that will be impacted and touched and saved.” The first blessing on Oct. 13 was for the Women’s Care Center, which has moved […]

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Eucharist is focus as Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convenes in Princeton

Installed as officers of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women by Msgr. Dale Wellman during the group's biennial convention on Oct. 8 are, continuing from left, Melissa Appell of St. Jude Parish, Peoria, treasurer; April Adams of St. Mary Parish, Metamora, vice president; Mary Ann Hughes of St. Mary Parish, Westville, president; and Barbara Harzman of St. Paul Parish, Macomb, secretary. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PRINCETON — The National Eucharistic Revival is challenging Catholics first to deepen their own relationship with and reverence for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and then model and share that core belief of our faith with others. That was among the messages heard by members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women as they […]

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Nearly 1,000 pilgrims follow Jesus for Emmaus Procession through Quad Cities

Bishop Thomas Zinkula of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, carries the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament over the Mississippi River on Government (Arsenal) Bridge from Davenport to Rock Island in Illinois. Because the Emmaus Procession had to become narrow for this leg of the walk, Bishop Zinkula asked that the canopy be lowered as he carried the monstrance as high as he could to make certain it could be seen by as many people as possible. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — Jesus had two companions on the walk to Emmaus, but he was accompanied by as many as 1,000 people Oct. 8 as they traveled from Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, to St. Mary Church in Moline as part of the first-ever Emmaus Procession through the Quad Cities. Carrying the monstrance with the […]

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Baby Rose’s short life long on love, lessons for mother — and many others

Deacon Mark Jackson prays with Morgan Matson before her presentation at Christ the King Church in Moline. Matson shared the story of her first pregnancy with daughter Rose, who died shortly after birth. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MOLINE — Medical records say Baby Rose lived for two hours and 24 minutes on April 10, 2015. But the 2.3-pound, 8-inch-long bundle of love left an eternal imprint on her mother’s life and continues to help others grow in faith and wisdom. “I needed this little girl to guide me back to the Lord, […]

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Respect Life Month begins with Mass at cathedral, Life Chains around diocese

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Nancy Olson of Morton, a member of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, after the Respect Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 2. The Christ Child Society makes layettes for babies and families in need. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Creating a culture of life requires more than changing laws, according to Bishop Louis Tylka. “Much more it’s changing hearts, helping people to understand the sacredness and the value of each life,” he said as he celebrated Mass on Respect Life Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “And it’s not only the issue of […]

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