Focus on importance of Eucharist in fourth video in ‘Foundations’ series

Ana Rodas, assistant director of the Office of Divine Worship, and Father Luke Spannagel, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria who is serving as a preacher for the National Eucharistic Revival, share their thoughts about what the Eucharist means in their lives of faith as part of the fourth video in a series based on the Five Foundations of Growing Disciples. (Screenshot/Fiat Films)

Ana Rodas describes herself as “a young woman on fire for Jesus.” “I love Jesus — he’s so cool. He’s the only one I’ve ever called my best friend,” she said. “Of course I want to talk to people about him.” As the assistant director of the diocese’s Office of Divine Worship, one of the […]

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Top graduates of Class of 2023 look back with gratitude and forward with hope

Graphic by Sonia Nelson

Graduation ceremonies for the Diocese of Peoria’s graduating Class of 2023 are complete. Congratulations to all! Following are brief profiles and photos of the valedictorians and salutatorians for seven of the eight Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria: Central Catholic High School in Bloomington; The High School of Saint Thomas More, […]

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Years of preparation, prayers give four new priests to the Diocese of Peoria

Following the Mass of Ordination on May 27 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka and the Diocese of Peoria’s four new priests gathered on the balcony of the Bishop’s Residence. They are (from left) Father Daniel Dionesotes, Father Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Father Patrick Wille and Father Nathan Hopper. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: An album of photos from the ordination of Father Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Father Daniel Dionesotes, Father Nathan Hopper and Father Patrick Wille has been posted to The Catholic Post’s page on Facebook. In accompanying stories, Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocation director of recruitment, describes the Diocese of Peoria’s newest priests, while their parents […]

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UPDATE: Pope had ‘peaceful night’ and in ‘general good condition’ after surgery

Pictured is a large card Pope Francis received after being operated on June 7, 2023, at Rome's Gemelli hospital. The card is from the family of Miguel Ángel, an infant the pope had baptized in Gemelli's oncology ward March 31. (CNS photo/Holy See Press Office)

By OSV News ROME (CNS) — Among the many messages Pope Francis has been getting over the course of his first full day recovering from abdominal surgery at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, his favorite, so far, was a large card from a Peruvian family he met during his last hospital stay. Covered in hearts, smiley faces […]

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Pope Francis undergoes successful three-hour surgery for hernia; conscious, alert

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican Press Office, looks at Dr. Sergio Alfieri, a chief surgeon at Rome's Gemelli's hospital, who operated on Pope Francis June 7, and speaks to reporters at the hospital as seen in this screengrab of the news conference broadcast live by Vatican Media. Alfieri said the pope was recoverying well from a three-hour surgery for a hernia. (CNS screengrab/Courtesy Vatican Media)

By OSV News ROME (CNS) — Pope Francis was conscious and alert after a three-hour abdominal surgery that was performed “without complications” to treat a hernia, the Vatican said. The 86-year-old pope was taken to Rome’s Gemelli hospital shortly after his general audience June 7. He was put under general anesthesia and underwent abdominal surgery […]

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Four men ‘ecstatic’ as they prepare for ordination to the priesthood Saturday

Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Patrick Wille, and Deacon Nathan Hopper will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Louis Tylka this Saturday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It’s ordination weekend! Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Patrick Wille, and Deacon Nathan Hopper will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Louis Tylka this Saturday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. A reception, with the newly ordained priests offering first blessings, will follow […]

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Pentecost 2023: Bishop Tylka looks to future with hope, builds upon past

This image of the Holy Spirit hangs in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Commissioned by Bishop Louis Tylka, it was painted by Taryn Watkins. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The great Solemnity of Pentecost is a reminder to us of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. Indeed, our life as disciples in the Church is animated by the Holy Spirit who empowers and equips us for the mission that the Lord has given to us. […]

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Solemnity, smiles as three ordained transitional deacons by Bishop Tylka

Bishop Louis Tylka poses for a photo with the three seminarians he ordained to the transitional diaconate on May 20 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The new deacons are (from left) Johnathan (Jack) Swoik, Jacob Martini and Nicholas Conner. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas More l The Catholic Post At the ordination Mass for Deacons Nicholas “Nick” Conner, Jacob Martini and Jonathan “Jack” Swoik on May 20 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, liturgical ritual could be seen in all its solemnity. But there were also smiles — the smiles of the new deacons after the […]

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New superintendent brings love of collaboration, learning to schools

Dr. Susan Miller(striped shirt far right), the new superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Peoria, stands with students from the Waterbury (Connecticut) Arts Magnet School 530 Club. Sixty-two percent of these students achieved a 530 or higher on the math portion of the SAT with her help. She anticipates moving to central Illinois and starting her work with diocesan schools in mid-July. (Provided photo)

Dr. Susan Miller loves education and the joy that comes with learning. She especially loves to see those “aha” moments when her students grasp a key concept or make new connections. Starting this summer, she will have an opportunity to discover that on nearly 9,400 faces as the new superintendent of the Diocese of Peoria’s […]

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New director of development ‘all in’ on bishop’s vision, mission of Peoria Diocese

Dan Onderko has been named the director of development for the Diocese of Peoria. He has been married to his wife, Rhapsody, for 15 years and they will bring their family to Peoria this summer. Their children are (from left) Max Kolbe, Dominic, Maria (being held by Dan), John and Michaela. (Provided photo)

Dan Onderko has many reasons for being excited about his new role as director of development for the Diocese of Peoria. But one holds a special claim on his heart. “When I first started researching Peoria, I learned about the Five Foundations — vocations, the Eucharist, evangelization, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and discipleship — and that […]

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