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Expanded, renovated Newman Center at U of I dedicated

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky and other dignitaries applaud as Father Gregory Ketcham cuts the ribbon outside the expanded St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois on Sunday. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Calling St. John’s Catholic Newman Center a “beacon of hope” on the University of Illinois campus, Bishop Daniel R. […]

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Galesburg native connects with God through creation

Photo Caption: Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, a native of Galesburg, picks tomatoes in an organic garden at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at the Sisters of Providence motherhouse near Terre Haute, Ind. By: By Tom Dermody ST. MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. — Sister Ann Sullivan, SP, is well connected, but not with the rich and famous. […]

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Respect life coordinators commissioned, hear issues

Photo Caption: Zachary Wichmann addresses parish respect life coordinators at the diocese’s annual Respect Life Workshop in Peoria last Saturday. By: By Jared Olar As the November general elections approach, parish respect life representatives need to remind Catholics to look to the church’s social teachings when deciding how to cast their ballots — and respect […]

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Bishop sets ‘Year of the Rosary’ in diocese

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky hopes the year of renewal will “reinvigorate the venerable practice of meditating on the Gospel through the prayers of the holy Rosary. By: By Tom Dermody The Diocese of Peoria will observe a special Year of the Most Holy Rosary from Aug. 15, 2009, through May 31, 2010. “I am happy […]

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Sister Agnes: pioneer theologian still happily learning

Photo Caption: Sister Agnes Cunningham, SSCM, of Champaign was named one of seven “pioneering women” by St. Xavier University this summer. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — As a child, Sister Agnes Cunningham, SSCM, wanted to be a trapeze artist, a detective and a dress designer, and it’s easy to believe that this talented, articulate […]

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HEART shown in Champaign at first youth workcamp

Photo Caption: Melissa Karigan washes a window for Champaign homeowner Marie Jackson. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — When teens converged on Marie Jackson’s house towash windows, pull weeds, install kitchen cabinets and build a new wheelchair ramp as part of the first Catholic HEART Workcamp (CHWC) held in the Diocese of Peoria, she had […]

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New goal: Pro soccer player to study for priesthood here

Photo Caption: Chase Hilgenbrinck, right, greets other first-year seminarians and Father Brian Brownsey, vocations director, left. By: By Tom Dermody BLOOMINGTON — Professional soccer player Chase Hilgenbrinck is changing fields to pursue greater goals. The Bloomington native on Monday announced his retirement from the New England Revolution team of Major League Soccer to begin studies […]

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70 years of marriage, one parish for Moline couple

Photo Caption: Irene and Merlyn Boostrom of Sacred Heart Parish in Moline were married on May 30, 1938. “We just always got along,” said Irene as the couple prepared to mark their 70th anniversary. By: By Jennifer Willems MOLINE — Irene DeGreve knew what year Merlyn Boostrom graduated from high school, she just didn’t realize […]

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One Special Person’s First Communion

Photo Caption: David Conrad, shown with his mother Kathy, made his first Communion last Wednesday during Special Persons Encounter Christ’s final Mass of the school year at Christ the King Church in Moline. By: Jared Olar MOLINE — Songs, laughter and joy filled Christ the King Church during the concluding Mass of Special Persons Encounter […]

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Flooding reaches diocese

Photo Caption: Father John Thieryoung, pastor of St. Mary’s Mission in Keithsburg, and parishioner Gary Shaw survey rising floodwaters in the Mercer County village on Monday. By: Tom Dermody and Jared Olar KEITHSBURG — Father John Thieryoung looked at the houses and businesses inundated by water in this Mississippi River village in Mercer County and […]

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