‘Learning surrender through suffering’: Sr. M. Clementia reflects on accident

The three Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George are pictured in the inset of this photo of their accident-crushed van. Recovering in their community's Motherhouse in Alton are, from left, Sr. M. Clementia, author of this reflection, Sister M. Magdalene, and Sister M. Michael. (Provided photos)

EDITOR’S NOTE: On June 9, three Rock Island-based members of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle accident near Springfield. Following is a reflection on the crash and the ensuing weeks of recovery by Sister M. Clementia, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Rock […]

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Catholic schools in Diocese of Peoria will comply with Pritzker mask mandate

The 42 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria will follow Gov. JB Pritzker's mandate for universal masking in all schools in Illinois, from pre-kindergarten through high school, according to a statement released Aug. 4 by Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent. (Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

Citing the high transmission rates of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the fact that vaccines have not yet been approved for children younger than 12, Gov. JB Pritzker on Aug. 4 announced a universal mask mandate for all schools and day cares. It is effective immediately and applies to everyone regardless of vaccination status. […]

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Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center’s main Chapel of the Sacred Heart, altar are dedicated

"It is our absolute honor to present to you the keys to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart," said Leanne Skuse, president of River City Construction in East Peoria, builders of the Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, as she gave the keys to Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in a ritual "handing over of the building" prior to the procession into the chapel for the Mass of Dedication on Aug. 2. Among those looking on are Msgr. Stanley Deptula and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The cornerstone of the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center bears the names of both Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, so it was fitting they shared roles as its Chapel of the Sacred Heart was dedicated on Monday, Aug. 2. Bishop Tylka was principal celebrant and presided […]

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Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center declared ‘beautiful’ by hundreds at open house

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka cut a ceremonial ribbon officially opening the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center during Sunday's open house in Magnolia. Looking on at right is Deacon Terry Stalsberg, executive director of the retreat center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The reviews started coming in shortly after the doors opened on Aug. 1 at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center. And they are glowing. “I was just blown away,” said Chuck Loebach, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Granville who attended Sunday’s open house with his wife, Nancy. “I figured […]

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Totus Tuus is rejuvenating parishes and youth across the diocese this summer

Instructed to scream if anyone tried to take the bucket of “water” Rose Kirchgessner put down on the gym floor at Blessed Sacrament in Morton, Totus Tuus participants sound the alarm as costumed Zach Williams reaches for it. As it turns out, the bucket contained the day’s blue “covenant strings” for their wrists. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MORTON — Vacation Bible School took a vacation at Blessed Sacrament Church this summer so young parishioners could try a new way of engaging their Catholic faith, and Totus Tuus proved to be just what they needed, said Msgr. Jerry Ward, pastor. “I think coming out of the pandemic — or, hopefully, getting close to […]

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Sacred images set tone for encounter at diocese’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center

Workers from Daprato Rigali Studios in Chicago place stained glass windows Sunday in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, the largest of two chapels at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. The nine windows from Germany formerly adorned Sacred Heart Church in Rutland, which was closed in 2013. Final preparations were being made this week for an open house at the retreat center scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Stained glass windows. Statues. Sculptures. Scripture verses on guest room walls.  Icons. Crucifixes. Inside. Outside. Almost anywhere one goes in the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, there is sacred art. “It’s an amazing facility,” said Msgr. Stanley Deptula of the new three-building complex. “But it is the sacred images that make it go from being a […]

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Biking for Babies missionaries crossing diocese supported by a mom from Dunlap

Clare Eckard waves as Biking for Babies missionaries ride through Peoria County on their way to St. Mark Church in Peoria for Mass and a potluck. "There's a lot of people who are sore, but that's part of it. It's a joy," she said of the 600-mile ride. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Hannah Cottingham of Dunlap cries when she thinks of the lives lost because women are told they can’t achieve their dreams and be mothers at the same time. “I’m living it. I’m a teacher, which is my dream, and I’m a mother,” she said, wiping away tears. “I’m doing Biking for Babies for the moms […]

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Diocese issues school opening guidelines: parents to decide on masks, vaccinations

A bulletin board message is seen at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth in this Catholic Post file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

With a school system that covers 17,000 square miles across 26 counties, a one-size-fits-all approach for returning to school won’t work this year, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria. Rather, diocesan schools will employ a “layered prevention strategy” with local control and an emphasis on decision making […]

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Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka reflects on his first year in the Diocese of Peoria

One year ago -- on July 23, 2020 -- newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka received sustained applause following his ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Leading the applause were (from left) Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, the bishops who consecrated him. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Friday, July 23, will mark the first anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Father Louis Tylka, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, as Coadjutor Bishop of Peoria. Despite much of his first year being shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a very active 12 months for Bishop Lou, as he […]

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Bishop Jenky’s 20 years in Peoria honored by new exhibit at the Diocesan Museum

More than 100 photos and dozens of teaching quotes are just part of “My Time in Peoria: Honoring Bishop Jenky’s 20 Years as Our Shepherd,” a new exhibit at the Diocesan Historical Museum located in the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The exhibit may be viewed through December. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, approaches the 20th anniversary of his appointment as Bishop of Peoria next February, the Diocesan Historical Museum is getting a jump on the celebration with a new exhibit highlighting his teaching and actions over the past two decades. “My Time in Peoria: Honoring Bishop Jenky’s 20 Years as Our […]

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