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Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, reflects on her eight years as Benedictine prioress

"My satisfaction comes both in the directions we set for ourselves and also in the work we've done to help that all come to fruition," said Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, of her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — As Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, looks back on her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery, she finds joy in what the Sisters have accomplished together and is excited for what is to come. The Sisters of St. Benedict have started a discernment process that will lead […]

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Proud of Scouts, Bishop Jenky says they build up church, community, character

Bishop Jenky takes delight in the Wolf Scouts and Tiger Scouts gathered around him as they look at the religious emblems they had just received from him at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus calls every person on his “team” to love God with their whole heart, mind, strength and soul, and their neighbor as themselves, and Scouting is a good way to do just that, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who attended the annual Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16. “Jesus says if we want […]

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Musician Matt Faley returning home to lead diocesan youth rally on March 14

Matt Faley, a 2001 graduate of Peoria Notre Dame, has served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for the past decade. He will lead music and be the major presenter at the Diocese of Peoria's Youth Rally on March 14. (Photo from mattfaley.com)

Catholic musician Matt Faley will feel right at home when he steps to the microphone at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 14 as the main presenter at the 2020 diocesan youth rally. After all, he has traveled the country leading praise and worship. And his two talks — on the Eucharist and […]

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Coronavirus concern is personal for Chinese students, St. Bede community

This sign in the lobby of St. Bede Academy's new Perino Science Center celebrates the school's sister relationship with Kinglee High School in Zhengzhou, China. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PERU — Concern over the coronavirus that is plaguing China and spreading is personal and magnified at St. Bede Academy here, which has 30 international students, the great majority from China. “Everyone’s worried, but hopefully things will turn good very soon,” said You-Ling (Weileen) Wang, director of academic achievement and support for the international students. […]

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Couples enjoy evening of love, blessings, renewal and music at Marriage Mass

Couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renew their wedding vows during the Marriage Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 15. Among them were Jason and Kelly Weber of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community (right) and Ed and Cathy Lee of Immaculate Conception Parish, Monmouth. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Love was in the air at St. Mary’s Cathedral the evening after Valentine’s Day as couples from throughout the Diocese of Peoria renewed their wedding vows at the annual Marriage Mass. “As married couples, you are not only a blessing to one another, but your love and fidelity are blessings to the entire Body of […]

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Illinois natives and ‘brothers in faith’ envision 12-part TV series on Fulton Sheen

Both natives of central Illinois and sons of permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria, Dieterich Gray (left) and Sean Patrick Fahey (right) didn't really get to know each other until they moved to Los Angeles for work in television and film. Now they're a creative team hoping to bring Venerable Fulton Sheen to a new generation. (Provided photo)

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen will be introduced to a whole new generation if Sean Patrick Fahey and Dieterich Gray have anything to say about it. The central Illinois natives have spent the last six years getting to know Fulton Sheen and developing “Wolves & Sheep,” which they envision as a 12-part series that will explore […]

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St. Francis ‘sunk his hooks into me,’ says troubador in return to Peoria parish

Dressed in a simple habit, James Twyman sings about peace and love as he channels St. Francis of Assisi during "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" at Holy Familiy Church in Peoria on Feb. 1. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On his way to New York City, James Twyman eagerly returned to Holy Family Church in Peoria, where his lifelong love of St. Francis of Assisi began — although he doesn’t use such gentle terms to describe it. Pointing to the chair in the sanctuary where he sat as an altar boy, he told those […]

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Sale of spaghetti sauce with local recipe benefits shrine to war veterans in LaSalle

Father Paul Carlson and Bob Lipka hold jars of Dalla Campanella, a newly marketed three-meat spaghetti sauce made from a traditional recipe from northern Italy perfected by the late Msgr. Simon Bernardi. Profits from its sales help maintain the Queen of the Holy Rosary diocesan shrine to war veterans in LaSalle, seen in the background. Lipka, his wife Pam, and Father Carlson -- pastor of the LaSalle Catholic parishes and rector of the shrine -- collaborated to bring the sauce to market. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LASALLE — Before Lent begins, here’s a story with some meat to it. Tomato sauce, assorted vegetables, and spices, too. The LaSalle Catholic parishes have brought to market a three-meat spaghetti sauce, the sales of which help financially support the Queen of the Holy Rosary diocesan shrine to war veterans. More than 1,500 jars of […]

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Little Disciples Preschool site is blessed at St. Mary, Pontiac; will open in August

Father Adam Cesarek, administrator, sprinkles holy water in blessing of the space that will house Little Disciples Preschool at St. Mary Parish and School next fall. A place of honor was reserved for the future preschoolers in front of the current students and parishioners after the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Jan. 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PONTIAC — St. Mary Parish and School has taken the next step in building a strong community of disciples by blessing a space that will welcome the youngest among them. With Scripture, prayer and a sprinkling of holy water by Father Adam Cesarek, administrator, Little Disciples Preschool became the newest center for early childhood education […]

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From Kobe Bryant to outdoor weddings, Bishop Jenky answers students’ questions

Bishop Jenky answers questions from junior leaders at Peoria Notre Dame during his Catholic Schools Week visit to the high school on Jan. 31. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Could Kobe Bryant become a saint?” “If God loves us so much, why would he punish us to eternity in hell?” “What is something that you wish you could tell all the young people of the church?” Those were just three of the nearly 20 questions that junior class leaders at Peoria Notre Dame High […]

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