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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

Newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka receives sustained applause after being led to a chair in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria wearing a miterand his ring and carrying a crosier. Leading the applause are (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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As cases rise, bishop ‘insists’ on Communion in the hand, face coverings at Mass

Msgr. Philip Halfacre distributes Holy Communion to Martha Sokol during a recent Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Streator. Citing increased occurrences of COVID-19 around the Diocese of Peoria, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is now insisting that Communion only be received in the hand, and that all participating in the liturgy wear a face covering. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

For the protection of others, especially the most vulnerable, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is now insisting that the faithful only receive Holy Communion in the hand and not on the tongue. In a letter dated July 16, the bishop also asked that everyone participating in the Mass — including the celebrant — wear a […]

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‘Very rich rite’ filled with symbolism will be used to consecrate Bishop-elect Tylka

Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis prays over Bishop Donald E. DeGrood during his episcopal ordination and installation Mass as the ninth bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls Feb. 13, 2020. This is one of the moments to watch for when Bishop-elect Louis Tylka is ordained to serve as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria on July 23. (CNS/Michael G. Brown Photography)

In normal circumstances, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria would be bursting at the seams with people for the ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka this Thursday, July 23. Nevertheless, the celebration will be filled with enough prayer, music and ancient ritual to provide a joyful welcome for the man who will one day be the […]

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Sisters share how family, faith provide firm foundation for Bishop-elect Tylka

Louis Tylka, the youngest child of Louis M. and Norma Tylka, is seen with his older sisters (clockwise from left) Brenda (BJ), Therese (Tésa), Patty, Mary Lou and Linda in this undated photo. (Tylka family photo)

Long before being a priest — let alone a bishop — was a thought in his mind, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka was playing church with his five older sisters, Linda, Brenda, Therese, Patty and Mary Lou, in the garage of their Hazel Crest home. The “host” was fashioned from Wonder Bread and they used a […]

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Bishop Tylka shares hopes for ordination, explains motto in Catholic Post interview

"This is home. This is where God has called me to be," said Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka in a July 7 interview with The Catholic Post.

EDITOR’S NOTE — On July 7, just a few days after his move to Peoria from Tinley Park, Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka sat for a second lengthy interview with The Catholic Post. The first was conducted by telephone in conjunction with his appointment announced on May 11. Following is the transcript of a conversation in […]

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Long-awaited welcomes begin for 285 in our diocese being received into church

Father Robert Lampitt, head chaplain at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign, baptizes graduate student Yoo Kyung Go as sponsor Ellie Porath assists during a special Mass on June 27. Two more were baptized, confirmed and received Eucharist for the first time that morning, while arrangements were made to receive another 13 students later that day and over the summer. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

It was a long time coming, but the 285 women, men and children chosen by God as his own are now being welcomed into the Catholic Church through the Easter sacraments at parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. Following guidelines regarding safety and social distancing, pastors are baptizing, confirming and giving Communion to people who […]

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Profiles of the three priests granted senior status after decades of service

The three priests granted senior status early this summer by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, have offered diverse service to the Diocese of Peoria — and beyond — during their combined 134 years of active priesthood. The Catholic Post interviewed Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, P.A., Father David Heinz, and Father Michael Pakula for profiles of […]

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St. Julie Parish bids ‘Bishop Lou’ a loving farewell as he leaves for Peoria Diocese

"Papa Lou" Tylka shares a special moment with his son as he places a flower lei around his neck. The flowers represent a promise from the parishioners of St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park to Bishop-elect Louis Tylka that they will continue to plant seeds of faith in his honor after he leaves to become Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

TINLEY PARK — With love and gratitude, members of St. Julie Billiart Parish said goodbye to Bishop-elect Louis Tylka, promising to continue the good work they had begun together. That affection was returned during the final Sunday Mass “Bishop Lou” celebrated there on June 28. “It has been a distinct honor and privilege of my […]

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