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Walls come down as Spirit brings new life at Catholic charismatic conference

Merlyn Sondag of Immaculate Conception parish in Manito is surrounded with prayer for healing from an arthritic left leg at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference July 22 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post Many walls of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resistance came down during the 37th Annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, “I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love.” It took place at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. At one point, presenter Michael Nolan of Shadow on the […]

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St. Peregrine, pray for us: Monticello shrine comforts all touched by cancer

Bishop Louis Tylka offers a prayer of blessing for the new St. Peregrine Shrine at St. Philomena Church in Monticello. St. Peregrine -- who was healed of a cancerous growth on his foot when he had a vision of Jesus touching him -- is the patron saint of those with cancer. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MONTICELLO — In her heart, Ruth Ann Larson believes there isn’t one person who has not been touched by cancer in one form or another. What they didn’t have was a place they could go to remember, pray and reflect — until now. With a statue donated by Larson and her family and the support […]

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Cancer diagnosis takes couple on an even closer walk with God and each other

At the recent Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference in Peoria, Deacon Kevin Zeeb of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton, joins (from left) Laura Rebenzer and Miriam Johll of Shadow on the Water for prayer over Mark Buettner, who has Stage IV pancreatic cancer. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post Mark and Pamela Buettner want to make it clear from the get-go — they’re not perfect. “It’s not like we are that family that’s the poster child for dealing with cancer right, I mean because we’re human,” says Pamela. Her husband Mark, who has Stage IV pancreatic […]

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Final video in Five Foundations series explores legacy of Fulton Sheen

Katie Bogner and Msgr. Jason Gray have a wide-ranging conversation about the life and legacy of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the final video focusing on the Five Foundations of Growing Disciples. (Screengrab courtesy of Fiat Films)

Thinking about Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen as an historical figure with a nice story doesn’t begin to do justice to the sainthood candidate, who has his roots in the Diocese of Peoria, according to Msgr. Jason Gray, executive director of the Fulton Sheen Foundation. “He had insights about the Gospel and about the Eucharist and […]

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Diocesan youth have ‘amazing’ encounter with Jesus at Steubenville conference

Among the 5,000 high school students who attended the Steubenville STL Mid-America Conference at Missouri State University July 7-9 were young people from the Diocese of Peoria, including St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights, St. Mark in Peoria, Blessed Sacrament in Morton, St. Matthew and The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, and Marquette Academy in Ottawa. (Provided photo)

High school students from around the Diocese of Peoria weren’t sure what they were going to find at the Steubenville Mid-America STL Conference at Missouri State University, but Jesus was waiting for them and he knew what he wanted them to find. It was none other than himself, present in the Eucharist, that touched hearts […]

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In fun and faith, Sheen Family Day shows life worth living, faith worth having

Volunteer Sarah Hogan, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria, conducts a guided tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral. She touched on Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s ordination there, and the time he dropped a wine cruet on the marble floor, causing it to shatter, while serving Mass for Bishop John Lancaster Spalding. The bishop predicted that one day young Fulton would study at Louvain University in Belgium, as he had, and be “just as I am” -- a bishop. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore of The Catholic Post Since the mid-20th century, Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been celebrated as a master of popular media for the purpose of inspiring faith. When they met in 1979, Pope John Paul II said of him, “You have written and spoken well of the Lord Jesus. You are […]

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Totus Tuus: Helping young people take a summer plunge into the waters of faith

Children of the Danville Vicariate say good morning to heaven as part of the Totus Tuus morning “pump up” at Schlarman Academy on June 21. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore of The Catholic Post DANVILLE — In approximately 50 dioceses across North America, it wouldn’t be summer without Totus Tuus. The Diocese of Peoria is one of them. This year, 22 parishes are hosting the weeklong program with daytime itineraries for children entering grades one through six, and evening schedules for teens […]

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Central Illinois Right to Life rally explores many facets of respect for life

Elaine Riddick, involuntarily sterilized through a eugenics program in North Carolina in 1968, chats with Sister Mary Faustina Chesnut, OSF, at the Life and Freedom Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life on June 24 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore Central Illinois Right to Life marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade while recognizing a related fight for the dignity of human life. Ken Goins, CIRTL president, said this year’s Life and Freedom Rally on June 24 […]

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Fun and faith mix with diocesan presence at West Peoria Fourth of July Parade

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans, wave to their neighbors in West Peoria who lined the city's streets for the 51st annual Fourth of July Parade. The banners on their trailer reminded people that they seek to be "a caring, praying presence" in the community. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WEST PEORIA — People filled the streets of West Peoria for the 51st annual Fourth of July Parade, which celebrated the 247th anniversary of the birth of the United States and those who have served her. But first, they remembered that we are “one nation, under God.” Bishop Louis Tylka gave the invocation for the […]

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