Msgr. Jason Gray named executive director of the Sheen Foundation

Msgr. Jason Gray visits with Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, vice postulator for the cause for beatification and canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. They are in the Fulton J. Sheen Museum, which is housed in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Msgr. Gray is the new executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Msgr. Jason Gray has no doubt that Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen will be beatified at the appropriate time. As the new executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation, he is happy to do his part by raising awareness about the El Paso native’s cause for beatification and canonization, as well as promoting devotion […]

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Diocese will gain four priests on May 27

This composite photo, courtesy of the Diocese of Peoria’s Office of Priestly Vocations, shows the four seminarians who will be ordained May 27: Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Nathan Hopper, Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, and Deacon Patrick Wille.

Bishop Louis Tylka will ordain four men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ordinands are Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, Deacon Nathan Hopper and Deacon Patrick Wille. They will offer their first blessings […]

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Relics of eucharistic revival patrons will travel around diocese April 20-23

Those who attended the High School Eucharistic Conference on April 20 weren’t the only ones who will have a chance to venerate the relics of Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia, the patrons of the National Eucharistic Revival. On loan from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the relics will be traveling through […]

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New spiritual adviser to Council of Catholic Women finds right ‘outfit’

Deacon Ed Mallow receives a blessing from Bishop Louis Tylka before proclaiming the Gospel at the Memorial Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in January. In addition to serving at St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights, Deacon Ed assists at liturgies at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas Moore PEORIA HEIGHTS — On the last day of their pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February, Deacon Ed Mallow of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish and the rest of the “Peoria pilgrims” rose at 4:30 a.m. and walked along the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. “It was still dark, and […]

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Joy as more than 300 people come ‘home’ at Easter Vigil — including 12 at cathedral

Bishop Louis Tylka and Phillip Lee, director of the Office of Divine Worship, light their candles from the newly blessed Paschal Candle as the Easter Vigil begins at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on April 8. Holding the Paschal Candle is Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, who would sing the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Noele Tatlock of Pekin came “home” Saturday night. So did Hunter Dupuis, a junior studying finance at Illinois State University in Normal. They were among more than 300 brothers and sisters in faith who were received into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil celebrations across the Diocese of Peoria. What brought them to this point […]

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Bishop’s Easter Letter encourages all to ‘Make Jesus visible by who you are!’

Bishop Louis Tylka pours holy water over John Marchetti of St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal as he baptizes him at the Easter Vigil at St. Mary's Cathedral on April 8. Marchetti would take John the Baptist as his confirmation name a few minutes later. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Easter l April 9, 2023 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We celebrate with great joy the good news of Christ’s resurrection. Our Easter joy comes from the witnessing to us and through us that Jesus has conquered death and lives anew. As St. Peter testified: “They put him to death by hanging him on a […]

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New cornerstone for Washington school, gift from Class of 2021, dedicated

Bishop Louis Tylka sprinkles holy water on the new granite cornerstone at St. Patrick School in Washington. The plaque above it commemorates the occasion. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

WASHINGTON — Cornerstones are markers that designate a space. More importantly, they let people know what we want to do and what we want to be, said Bishop Louis Tylka. As he prepared to bless the new cornerstone at St. Patrick School here on March 15, he explained that sometimes they fade as the building […]

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Priests renew promises, sacramental oils blessed, consecrated at Chrism Mass

Transitional Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, who is preparing for his priestly ordination in May, presents the oil for the Sacred Chrism at the Chrism Mass April 4. He is accompanied by those who support vocations -- Carla Oliver and Anne Lucas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The Lord has anointed each of us for a purpose, for a mission — namely to bring Christ to others. Bishop Louis Tylka said the Chrism Mass that was celebrated on April 4 made that clear in several powerful ways. The first came when he and the priests of the Diocese of Peoria renewed the […]

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Bishop blesses ‘wonderful gathering space’ at Sacred Heart in Moline

The new Gathering Center at Sacred Heart Church in Moline adds 5,000 square feet to the century-old church. It was dedicated by Bishop Louis Tylka on March 18. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — For many years, Msgr. Dale Wellman dreamed of having a place where people could gather and welcome others to Sacred Heart Church here. On March 18, the retired pastor saw his dream come true as Bishop Louis Tylka blessed the parish’s new Gathering Center. The $2.3 million project adds 5,000 square feet to […]

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From palms to Passion: How can we enter fully into the mystery of Holy Week?

This detail of Jesus carrying his cross is from a stained glass window at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (Father Dominic Garramone, OSB)

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/April 2 (At the procession with palms) Matthew 21:1-11 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 Palm Sunday: a day of contrasts! In our liturgy we move from palms to Passion; from hope to heartbreak. Reflection beforehand […]

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