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Bloomington parish, Knights lend hands, funds for Habitat for Humanity house

Bishop Louis Tylka and others place their hands on a wall of the newly built Habitat for Humanity house at 707 W. Locust St. in Bloomington during a prayer of blessing on July 9. The bishop is flanked by Father Dustin Schultz, pastor, and Father Martin Mwongyera, parochial vicar, of St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, which sponsored the home-building project with the rebate money from the parish’s Annual Diocesan Appeal. At far left is Roger Scott, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of McLean County. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Standing in a circle of support in the living room of his family’s new home during blessing ceremonies on July 9, Fidele Makala offered a litany of gratitude. “Our family would like to express how excited we are for this blessing,” said Makala, moments after receiving the keys to a house built by […]

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Amanda Connon is director of diocese’s new Office of Information Management

Amanda Connon, director of the Diocese of Peoria's new Office of Information Management, is pictured in her office on the second floor of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“I’m like a super-nerd,” says Amanda Connon. “I love organizing things.” Bishop Louis Tylka saw that skill in Connon as she recently did volunteer work gathering information and creating databases for the Diocese of Peoria. And he recognized the high school music teacher would be a good candidate to help solve some shortcomings in how […]

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In interview, Pope Francis condemns abortion, says he’s not resigning

Pope Francis speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters at the Vatican on July 2. (CNS/Remo Casilli, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a wide-ranging interview with the Reuters news agency, Pope Francis condemned abortion, dismissed the idea that he’s preparing to resign and said he still hopes to be able to visit Russia and Ukraine in the fall. Pope Francis also told Philip Pullella, the Reuters’ Vatican correspondent, that while the Vatican’s […]

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Monmouth ecumenical ‘sponsor circle’ ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees

Members of the ecumenical Sponsor Circle in Monmouth preparing to welcome and support a refugee married couple from Ukraine are pictured with a Ukrainian flag on the porch of the parsonage of the First Lutheran Church of Monmouth, where the couple will temporarily reside. From left are Tom Sienkewicz, Teresa Prien, Pam Van Kirk, Tom Prien, and Leslie Freeman. Not pictured is Allison Buccalo. (Provided photo)

MONMOUTH — When a refugee couple from war-ravaged Ukraine arrives in this Warren County community on July 13 with all their belongings tucked in a pair of knapsacks, they will be warmly welcomed into a growing ecumenical circle of support. “They will need a lot of help from us in terms of resources and aid, […]

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Jubilarian priests thanked for service, called ‘a great gift to our church’

Father David Whiteside sings "Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven" during the opening procession at the annual Jubilarian Mass on June 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The pastor of faith communities in Havana, Lewistown and Manito, he is celebrating his 25th anniversary of ordination in 2022. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Nearly 50 diocesan and religious order priests were honored for milestone anniversaries of ordination at the annual Jubilarian Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on June 23. The principal celebrant was Bishop Louis Tylka, who thanked them for their priestly service. “What a great gift they have been to our church as they have […]

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Bishop Tylka, others gives thanks for Supreme Court’s decision in abortion case

In a June 24 statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Dobbs case, Bishop Louis Tylka also called on "all people of goodwill to support the efforts that uphold the dignity of human life." (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Reaction is coming in quickly to the June 24 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning its nearly 50-year-old decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in this country. Following are some initial local reactions received by The Catholic Post. National reactions are found here. FROM BISHOP LOUIS TYLKA […]

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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in anticipated Dobbs decision on abortion

Pro-life demonstrators in Washington celebrate outside the Supreme Court June 24 as the court overruled the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision in its ruling in the Dobbs case on a Mississippi law banning most abortions after 15 weeks. (CNS/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann / Catholic News Service (EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is being updated frequently.) WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 5-4 decision June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its nearly 50-year-old decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in this country. The court’s 213-page ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization was […]

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Pontiac parishioners take faith to the world during Corpus Christi procession

Father Adam Cesarek, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Pontiac, carries a monstrace containing the Blessed Sacrament through the city's town square during a Corpus Christi procession on June 19. It is estimated that as many as 250 people walked or rode golf carts and a trolley to take part in the celebration. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

(This story was updated June 29.) PONTIAC — In talking about the tangible parts of the Catholic faith, Father Adam Cesarek told his parishioners at St. Mary Church on June 19 that the Eucharist is the greatest gift God has given to us and makes us one with him. “It doesn’t get more real than […]

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Bishop Tylka shares diocese’s early plans for the National Eucharistic Revival

The Eucharist rests on a paten. On June 19, the feast of Corpus Christi, archdioceses and dioceses across the U.S. will hold eucharistic processions to launch the U.S. bishops' three-year National Eucharistic Revival. (CNS/Chaz Muth)

Starting with eucharistic processions this weekend for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi, Catholics across the Diocese of Peoria and the United States are being invited to deepen their relationship with Jesus as part of the National Eucharistic Revival. The U.S. bishops approved plans for […]

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Fr. Luke Spannagel is one of 58 National Eucharistic Preachers for 3-year revival

Father Luke Spannagel elevates the Host during a recent Mass. The priest of the Diocese of Peoria is among 58 National Eucharistic Preachers commissioned "to enkindle the flame of eucharistic faith and devotion in the United States" as part of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival. (Provided photo)

Father Luke Spannagel would have been very content to remain at St. Mary and Sacred Heart parishes in Rock Island, but he got an offer he couldn’t refuse — and neither could Bishop Louis Tylka. Father Spannagel was invited to join the team of 58 National Eucharistic Preachers who have been commissioned “to enkindle the […]

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