Speakers named for Charismatic Renewal Conference virtual gathering July 30

These are the speakers for the 2021 Catholic Charismatic Reneweal Conference. Their presentations will be posted online July 30. This year's theme is "Bear Patiently in God's Love."

Despite ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and its variants, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference will go on — virtually. Videos will be uploaded to YouTube on July 30 for people to watch at their own pace, according to Cady Nosbisch, conference director. Look for the channel named Peoria Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The theme is “Bear […]

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Public invited to tour Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center Aug. 1

The new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia remained a construction zone this week as final preparations were made for an open house on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1, and the welcoming of the first groups to utilize the new complex. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA — Catholics making summer travel plans would do well to pencil in Sunday, Aug. 1, for a road trip to see a diocesan dream realized. The new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, whose construction has been hidden from public view by the wooded Illinois River bluff on which it was built, will host an open house […]

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Pro-life health center in Peoria will address women’s physical, spiritual needs

The new Destiny for Women Health Center in Peoria, set to open in late August, will be located at 2805 N. Knoxville Ave. Seen here in the foreground, the pro-life Christian outreach is right next door to Planned Parenthood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

In a building next to Planned Parenthood in Peoria, work is underway to offer women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy or have other female health-related concerns a better destiny. The Destiny for Women Health Center will do so by going beyond treating the women’s physical and emotional health needs. The staff will also […]

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Pope Francis released from hospital after 10-day stay, prays at Rome basilica

Pope Francis greets police officers before entering the Vatican after being discharged from Rome's Gemelli hospital following his recovery from colon surgery in this screengrab taken from a video on July 14. (CNS/Cristiano Corvino, Reuters TV screengrab)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Ten days after undergoing intestinal surgery, Pope Francis was released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital, the Vatican confirmed. In a statement released July 14, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said that after leaving the hospital midmorning, the pope visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major to say a prayer of gratitude before the […]

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Blessing of OSF Saint Clare Medical Center a ‘momentous’ day in Princeton

Following blessing and dedication ceremonies July 1 at OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center in Princeton, workers install new signage at the facility formerly known as Perry Memorial Hospital. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PRINCETON — With gratitude for a century of service to the region and confidence as a new era begins, the former Perry Memorial Hospital here was blessed and dedicated as OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center on July 1. The ceremonies culminated almost three years of discussions and planning as OSF Saint Clare became the […]

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After 106 years of love, Rantoul bids farewell to the Springfield Dominicans

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, embraces Sara Brown as they share memories at the reception after Mass at St. Malachy Church in Rantoul on June 27. She said she has a special place in her heart for the Springfield Dominicans because her aunt was also a member of the community, but there's another tie that binds with Sister Paulette: "She's a Cubs fan and so am I!" (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

RANTOUL — With a promise to pray for one another, Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, and the members of St. Malachy Parish said goodbye to one another during Mass last Sunday. There were tears shed on both sides since it is the first time the Rantoul parish and school will be without the Dominican Sisters of […]

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Being of service key for new Christ Child Society president Carol Romanowski

The board of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois includes (from left) Judy Weber of Pontiac, circle liaison; Becky Eberle of Peoria, new recording secretary; Judy Hayes of Gridley, corresponding secretary; Father John Verrier, spiritual adviser; Carol Romanowski of Peoria, the new president; Therese Peck of Peoria, immediate past president; and Gladys Butterfield of Peoria, second vice president and layette chair. Not pictured is Becky Fay, treasurer. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After Carol Romanowski retired in 2011, she started looking for volunteer opportunities around Peoria. Just staying busy wasn’t good enough. “I wanted to do something I felt had a purpose,” she said. Romanowski found it when she was talking to some traveling companions on a trip to Italy who were involved in the Christ Child […]

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Priests observing milestone years invited to ‘return to roots’ at Jubilarian Mass

Maintaining safe social distances, the priests of the Diocese of Peoria remained in their pews as they concelebrated the Jubilarian Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, himself a silver jubilarian in 2021, presided at the June 22 liturgy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It was not possible to hold the Jubilarian Mass to honor priests observing milestone anniversaries last year due to COVID-19, so this year’s liturgy on June 22 offered twice the reason to celebrate. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka presided at the Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and said it was good to be able […]

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Five-year strategic planning process aims to strengthen diocesan high schools

Dr. Bob Tift of Partners in Mission talks with Brooke Rick, principal of Marquette Academy in Ottawa, and her team during the "soft launch" of a new strategic planning process for Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria on June 10. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria have begun a strategic planning process with the goal of not only growing stronger in terms of Catholic identity and living their mission, but also supporting their mission in new and creative ways over the next five years. A “soft launch” of the collaboration between Partners in […]

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Three Sisters recovering from accident grateful for widespread prayer support

The three Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George injured in a June 9 automobile accident are, from left, Sister M. Magdalene, Sister M. Clementia, and Sister M. Michael. (Composite photo from the St. Pius X Parish, Rock Island website)

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George have expressed gratitude for an outpouring of prayer for three Rock Island-based members of their community injured in a multi-vehicle accident near Springfield on June 9. “In God’s mercy and with all our prayers, our Sisters are now on the recovery path,” said Mother M. […]

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