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March for Life high school pilgrims from diocese tell of ‘life changing’ experience

The center spread of the Feb. 2 issue of The Catholic Post included photos and brief comments from diocesan Catholic high school pilgrims to the Jan. 24 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Some of the young pro-life pilgrims share their experience in greater detail below.

By plane, metro trains, buses, and some very crowded automobiles, hundreds of pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Jan. 24 March for Life and related events. Among them were contingents from five Catholic high schools in the diocese — Peoria Notre Dame, Central Catholic in Bloomington, […]

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St. Thomas, Philo, opens Catholic Schools Week with the blessing of a new addition

St. Thomas principal Lisa Doughan thanks the many people who had a hand in the planning and construction of the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium, including the late Robert H. Trost, a major benefactor. Looking on is Father Keith Walder, pastor, and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who said he was proud of the work the parish had done to accomplish "the magnificent renewal of your school." The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PHILO — After coming from the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium at St. Thomas School, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, had just one word as he started Mass Jan. 25: “Wow.” “I’m so proud of what God has done through you with that magnificent addition to the school,” he said as he greeted the […]

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Bishop urges students, veteran pro-lifers to find their strength in the Lord

Eighth-graders Bella Pinter and Kristina Penaverde of Peru Catholic School sing "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" as the Mass for the Unborn draws to a close Jan. 24. Joining them for the liturgy at St. Mary's Cathedral was their pastor, Msgr. Richard Soseman, who concelebrated. The Cathollic Post/Jennifer Willems

As students from Catholic high schools and Newman Centers around the Diocese of Peoria were preparing for the national March for Life in Washington, D.C., Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and their classmates joined them in spirit and prayer during a Mass for the Unborn on Jan. 24. The annual liturgy took place at St. […]

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The Catholic Post opens 2020 subscription drive; promises ‘Stories Worth Sharing’

February is Catholic Press Month and the time to renew or begin subscriptions to The Catholic Post. The theme of The Catholic Post's 2020 Delivering Unity Campaign is "Stories Worth Sharing."

Saying “we are blessed in the Diocese of Peoria to have a newspaper that tells stories exceptionally well,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has urged support and readership for The Catholic Post as its 2020 subscription drive begins. “Whether shared on newsprint, online, or via social media, the stories generated by The Catholic Post offer […]

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Kobe Bryant relied on Catholic faith to see him through tough personal times

Retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed Jan. 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. The two Catholics are pictured during a game in Las Vegas July 27, 2020. CNS/Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

By Catholic News Service CALABASAS, Calif. (CNS) — As the world mourned the loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a tragic helicopter crash Jan. 26, many recalled how Bryant gave much credit to his Catholic faith for seeing him through the bad times and strengthening his […]

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Respect Life observances begin; diocesan Mass for the Unborn to be offered Jan. 24

Longtime pro-life advocates Gary and Diane Spurgeon of Epiphany Parish in Normal are shown at March for Life Chicago on Jan. 11. Several events in the Diocese of Peoria this month will witness to the sanctity of human life as the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion approach. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With walks for life in Pontiac and Chicago last Saturday, respect life advocates in central Illinois have started to witness to the sanctity of human life as the 47th anniversary of Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion approach. In the United States, Jan. 22 is designated as a “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection […]

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Diocesan pilgrims brave elements to be among 9,000 at March for Life Chicago

It was easy to pick out the pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria among the 9,000 pro-life advocates in Daley Plaza in Chicago on Jan. 11. They were the ones letting everyone know that "Life Plays in Peoria" as March for Life Chicago began. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — It was a tough year for respect life advocates in Illinois, still mourning the passage of the Reproductive Health Act that made abortion a fundamental right in the state. That didn’t stop March for Life Chicago, however. Organizers moved this year’s event to a bigger venue. According to their estimates, 9,000 people from […]

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Creative models to support, deliver Catholic education are being sought

Students from Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington walk hand-in-hand in this file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic schools across the Diocese of Peoria have strong support from their pastors, who see them as a mission of the parish. At the same time, the priests have expressed a desire for the Office of Catholic Schools to be “creative” in planning for the future, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent. “They all believe […]

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Iowa priest-photographer surprised by appeal of viral cattle cross image

Father Michael G. Schueller's viral photo of a cattle cross set up by the Grotto family is seen Dec. 23, 2019, on their farm in Bankston, Iowa. Father Schueller, pastor of St. Elizabeth Pastorate, which includes St. Clement Parish, pilots drones in his spare time and enjoys taking aerial photographs. (CNS photo/courtesy Father Michael Schueller)

By Dan Russo / Catholic News Service ANKSTON, Iowa (CNS) — It wasn’t a miracle, but the scene that unfolded on Dan and Judy Gotto’s farm in Bankston shortly before Christmas became a beautiful testament to faith. On Dec. 23, 2019, members of the family had carefully laid out many small piles of cattle feed […]

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Newly ordained Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, grateful for example of Galesburg priests

Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, celebrates his first Mass at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church in Chillum, Maryland, on Dec. 13. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — It wasn’t in big ways that Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, realized God was calling him to priestly ministry. Rather, it was by staying focused on God’s will in the little things of everyday life, and he couldn’t happier. “I feel a great joy and a peace in my heart, to share in the […]

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