Catholic Illini welcome Cardinal Cupich for Mass, tour of Newman Center Jan. 29

Spencer Steeves, a sophomore studying sustainable design at the University of Illinois, welcomes Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago to St. John’s Catholic Newman Center in Champaign on Jan. 29. It was a little taste of home for Steeves, who is from Lake Zurich in the Archdiocese of Chicago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — St. John’s Catholic Chapel at the University of Illinois is filled with scaffolding, but it felt like a cathedral on Jan. 29 when Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago celebrated Mass for students as they start a new semester. In his opening remarks, he also noted that his visit came at the beginning of […]

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St. Mary School in Bloomington has been ‘home’ to Donna Zvonar for 45 years

Donna Zvonar, who has taught for 45 years at St. Mary School in Bloomington, lets her class settle before handing out a test. She said she loves watching the students make discoveries and grow spiritually. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Catholic Schools Week starts tomorrow, Jan. 29, and runs through next Saturday, Feb. 4. The theme for the national celebration is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Jerry Sanderson, interim superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, reflects on that theme in a column he wrote for The Catholic Post. What follows […]

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Midway through journey, diocesan pilgrims to France send, receive prayers

Photos like this are being posted from the pilgrimage to France that is being led by Bishop Louis Tylka. Assisting are (from left) Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocation director of recruitment, and Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation director of formation and pastor of St. Jude Parish in Peoria. Among the 40 pilgrims is Father Keith Walder (far right), pastor of St. Thomas Parish in Philo and St. Mary Parish, Pesotum. They are standing in front the altar at the tomb of St. John Vianney in Ars. (Provided photo)

Forty pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria aren’t alone in traveling back and forth from France Jan. 22-31. Prayers are also flying in both directions, especially prayers for vocations. Bishop Louis Tylka is leading the pilgrimage – today the group is in Nevers, Chartres and Lisieux – with the assistance of Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan […]

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Respect life goals remain in diocese, but events shift with reversal of Roe v. Wade

Pro-life advocates gather for the 50th annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 20. Among them were students from Peoria Notre Dame High School and Marquette Academy in Ottawa. (OSV News/Gregory A. Shemitz)

For decades, in the Diocese of Peoria and around the nation, the date Jan. 22 has been a rallying point for those promoting the sanctity of human life and honoring the tens of millions of lives ended by abortion since the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized it. Those goals remain, but the court’s […]

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SEEK23 sets prayerful tone, empowers young adults from diocese for new year

Participants kneel in prayer and praise during SEEK23, sponsored Jan. 2-6 by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. (Provided photo/FOCUS)

“It was an incredible, powerful week.” “I felt God’s presence in the Eucharist in a way I never had before.” “I had never experienced anything like it.” Those were just some of the reactions of university students in the Diocese of Peoria to being part of SEEK23, a five-day conference in St. Louis that invited […]

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Bishop Tylka pays tribute to what late pope did, will continue to do for church

A large portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was placed in front of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria after the retired pope died Dec. 31. People who attended the Memorial Mass, celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka on Jan. 5, stopped after Mass to say a prayer and pay their respects. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

People around the world continued to storm heaven with prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, even after he was laid to rest in the grotto of St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 5. Among them were those who gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria with Bishop Louis Tylka for a Memorial Mass that evening. “Dear […]

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Pope Emeritus Benedict’s body solemnly, lovingly carried to St. Peter’s Basilica

Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, sprinkles holy water on the body of Pope Benedict XVI during a Rite of Reception after the transfer of the body into St. Peter's Basilica in the early morning at the Vatican Jan. 2, 2023. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The consecrated women who cared for Pope Benedict XVI in his retirement gently stroked his hands before his body was carried on a red-covered stretcher to a van for its last journey to St. Peter’s Basilica. The women, members of Memores Domini, along with Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the late pope’s personal […]

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Pope Benedict dies: Eight years as pope capped long ministry as teacher of faith

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges pilgrims during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 4, 2009. Pope Benedict died Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 95 in his residence at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who had an impressive record as a teacher and defender of the basics of Catholic faith, is likely to go down in history books as the first pope in almost 600 years to resign. He died Dec. 31 at the age of 95, nearly 10 years after […]

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Weiss retiring as superintendent of schools, but says God isn’t done with her

In this file photo from 2012, Dr. Sharon Weiss, then principal of St. Patrick School in Washington, holds up the plaque designating St. Patrick as a National Blue Ribbon School. With her are Dr. Maureen Dowling of the U.S. Department of Education, and Msgr. John Prendergast, the pastor at that time. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Retirement will take some getting used to, but Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, is ready to give it a go. While she had been making plans to bring her four decades in Catholic education to an end within the next two years, health issues moved up her timeline. […]

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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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