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Bishop: Risen Savior offers hope that cancer will not have the final word

After the Spirit of Hope Mass for Cancer on Oct. 1 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka poses for a photo with (from left) Sisters Theresa Ann Brazeau, Judith Ann Duvall, Faustina Chesnut, Rose Therese Mann, Teresa Paul Selamat and M. Angelita Van Hoey of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis; tenor John McDermott and Dr. James McGee. The Mass was sponsored by OSF HealthCare. ( The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“You have cancer.” It can be a faith-shattering diagnosis, said Bishop Louis Tylka, who knows that from personal experience. He has heard it twice — once for his mother, Norma, 30 years ago, and again for his sister, Mary Lou Bryant, just over two years ago. Cancer doesn’t get the final word, however, he said […]

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Tom Dermody retires from award-winning career at The Catholic Post

To celebrate Tom Dermody’s award-winning work at The Catholic Post, the staff put together a commemorative magazine with design by Shannon Reznik. (Provided photo)

There’s no doubt that Tom Dermody would rather be writing this story himself instead of having it written about him. After all, he’s been profiling people across the 26 counties of the Diocese of Peoria and telling stories of faith for 43 years. While he dutifully answered questions about his long career at The Catholic […]

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Respect Life leaders say post-Roe is no time to rest and ‘our work is cut out for us’

Now that Roe v Wade has been overturned and the legal battle over abortion has been returned to the states, emotion seems to be ruling the conversation, according to Father William Miller, episcopal vicar for respect life for the Diocese of Peoria. The problem is that this obscures the truth, he said. “The enemies for […]

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Golden, silver anniversary couples from across diocese renew vows at cathedral

Roger and Kathie Herman of Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington, observing their 50th wedding anniversary in 2022, renew their marriage vows at the Diocese of Peoria's 25th and 50th Anniversary Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 25. Nearly 100 anniversary couples from across the diocese, as well as their families and friends, attended. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Marriage is not a 100-yard dash, it’s a marathon,” Bishop Louis Tylka told nearly 100 couples from around the diocese who are already well into the “race,” having observed — or about to observe — their 50th or 25th wedding anniversaries in 2022. “Today we celebrate all the couples who are here, who have had […]

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Home from Rome: Bishop Tylka grateful for 2-week experience of global church

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Pope Francis on Sept. 8, the final day of a weeklong course of formation in Rome for more than 150 new bishops from around the world. Bishop Tylka presented Pope Francis with a rosary featuring an image of Venerable Fulton Sheen, whose sainthood cause the Diocese of Peoria is promoting. (Photo credit: L’Osservatore Romano)

As students around the diocese returned to school, so did Bishop Louis Tylka. And a weeklong “Baby Bishops’ School” experience in Rome left him humbled and grateful for an education on the global breadth and unity of the church. “We often think of the church as our parish and the pope,” said Bishop Tylka, back […]

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Matt Faley is named Diocese of Peoria’s new — and first — chief of mission

As the Diocese of Peoria's chief of mission, Matt Faley (pictured) will work with Bishop Louis Tylka "to make sure the mission of Jesus is integrated in all that we do in the Curia (diocesan offices) and that it is communicated to our pastoral leaders and laity across the diocese." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Matt Faley started his dream job on Sept. 12. He has been named chief of mission for the Diocese of Peoria. “If I could create a job description for me and for the gifts that God’s asking me to use, this would be it,” Faley said as he was getting settled in to his office […]

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Sanctuary, spiritual renewal celebrated at St. Joseph Church in Brimfield

Incense rises from the newly dedicated altar of sacrifice at St. Joseph Church in Brimfield during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka on Sept. 17. The new marble altar is part of a $120,000 sanctuary renovation project. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BRIMFIELD — A renewal of the sanctuary at St. Joseph Church here is already leading to a deeper spiritual renewal at the parish. The completion of external changes was celebrated Saturday evening during a Solemn Mass for the Dedication of an Altar with Bishop Louis Tylka presiding. “Every time we gather around the altar the […]

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Catechists recognized in Bloomington, around diocese, for passing on the faith

Gathered in their prayer circle, Scarlet Dennis and Brooklynn Nolan learn about the importance of their souls and how to feed them from catechist Jean Deal as part of the religious education program at Holy Trinity in Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Each Wednesday night, there is a buzz on the second floor of the St. Vincent de Paul Building at Holy Trinity Church. In this case, the nourishment is being provided to young souls who are learning more about Jesus and the love of God. They are among more than 5,600 religious education students […]

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Annual Diocesan Appeal is underway to support mission to ‘Go Make Disciples’

Saying “this is our moment to take up anew the Lord’s Great Commission — it is our time to ‘Go Make Disciples,’” Bishop Louis Tylka has encouraged a generous response to the Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA). The appeal, which funds most diocesan programs and apostolates, will be promoted in parishes this weekend, Sept. 10-11. The […]

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Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, consecrated as the ninth Abbot of St. Bede Abbey, Peru

As Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, kneels before him, Bishop Robert J. Lombardo, CFR, offers a prayer of blessing. The Abbatial Blessing was celebrated at a Mass in St. Bede Abbey Church on Sept. 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Saying that he would rely on the Holy Spirit to reveal in time how he could best serve the Benedictine community at St. Bede Abbey, newly consecrated Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, gave thanks for the gift of stable and consistent leadership the monks have enjoyed over the years. “I have been blessed with […]

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