Galesburg parishes unite in celebration at diocese’s only Corpus Christi Church

At the outdoor altar decorated by women from Corpus Christi Parish in Galesburg, Father Lee Brokaw, pastor, led the Litany of Poor Souls and then incensed the Blessed Sacrament. The Corpus Christi procession also stopped for prayer and adoration at altars sponsored by Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Patrick parishes, also in Galesburg. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GALESBURG — With pandemic restrictions easing, people are looking for ways to come together for worship, as well as fellowship. Members of the Galesburg Catholic Community did both last Sunday by gathering behind Jesus for a Corpus Christi procession around the only church in the Diocese of Peoria named for the feast day. “Every one […]

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Top high school graduates of 2021 share future plans, lessons from pandemic

The top graduates of the Class of 2021 at the Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria are pictured near their school logos.

Following are photos and brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians of the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them, all Class of 2021 graduates, and their school staffs and families for their accomplishments and perseverance through this most challenging year. The top students were invited to briefly […]

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Fr. Laible gets major ‘administry’ post with Archdiocese for Military Services, USA

As vicar general, Father Jeffrey Laible will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, which serves 1.8 million Catholics worldwide. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LINCOLN — It would be an understatement to say that Father Jeffrey C. Laible was taken aback when he was asked to serve as the vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. “I think I would have had a better chance of being the next person on […]

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Fr. Austin Bosse and Fr. Nicolas Wilson are ordained priests for the Diocese of Peoria

Joining Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, (center) for a photo on the balcony of his residence after Mass on May 29 are (from left) Msgr. Paul Showalter, retired vicar general; Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation director of formation; Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar general; Father Austin Bosse and Father Nicolas Wilson, newly ordained; Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka; and Father Chase Hilgenbrink, diocesan vocation director of recruitment. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The “best diocese in the world” gained two new priests as Father Austin L. Bosse and Father Nicolas J. Wilson were ordained for the Diocese of Peoria during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on May 29 marked by ancient ritual, soaring music of praise, and periods of joyful, sustained applause. “Carry out […]

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‘Heartbreak’ for Viola parishioners as fire extensively damages St. John Church

The sanctuary of St. John Church in Viola after the early morning fire on May 27.

(This story was updated on June 1.) VIOLA — Father John Thieryoung is asking for prayers for a 12-year-old male who has been charged with a single count of arson in a fire that caused extensive damage to St. John Church here on May 27. When parishioners gathered for Mass at nearby St. Anthony Church […]

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Adventures continue for ‘Bishop Lou’ as he celebrates 25 years of priesthood

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka celebrates Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on May 8, the brithday of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. Bishop Tylka was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1996, but Cardinal Joseph Bernardin at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

So many of the things Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has done in the last year were not things he learned in the seminary. Among them is how to minister to people during a pandemic — or how to be a bishop. Some things have remained very much the same, however. “It’s never about yourself,” he […]

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Two will be ordained to the priesthood for diocese at cathedral Mass on May 29

The two men to be ordained to the priesthood on May 29 at pictured in the churches of their home parishes. Deacon Austin Bosse is in St. Matthew Church, Champaign, while Deacon Nicolas Wilson is in St. Jude Church, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Two men will be ordained priests of the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during an Ordination Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The ordinands and their home parishes are: Deacon Austin Bosse, 34, of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign, and Deacon Nicolas Wilson, […]

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Assignments include Fr. Burns to senior status, Fr. Laible to military archdiocese

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twenty-five priests are receiving new assignments in a series of appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Following is the full list, while a background story with additional details is found here. Father John Burns, from pastor, St. John the Apostle Parish, Woodhull; St. John the Evangelist Parish, Galva; and […]

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End of school year celebrated with Mass, gratitude, two years of diocesan awards

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka leads the applause for Dr. Noreen Dillon of St. Mark School in Peoria and Jane Barrett of Seton Catholic School in Moline after they were honored as Distinguished Principals of the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, respectively, at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 5. Joining in are their pastors, Msgr. Brian Brownsey, center, and Father Mark DeSutter, far right. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After two challenging years of providing instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, the principals, pastors and school chaplains of Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria gathered May 5 to celebrate what they had been able to do. During a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, they heard words of thanks from Coadjutor Bishop Louis […]

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