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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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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