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100 seek God’s plan for lives at Emmaus Days

Photo Caption: 22 freshman and sophomore boys took part in Emmaus Days Session III at St. Bede. By: By Jared Olar God has an individual plan for everyone, and we are called to cooperate with that plan whatever it may be. That important message was delivered to about 100 boys and young men who took […]

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Trained for spiritual battle

Photo Caption: Angela Telthorst, a Mahomet native, joins more than 200 FOCUS missionaries in making a profession of faith at St. John’s Catholic Chapel. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Fresh out of boot camp, Ryan Purcell is ready to go to battle. His destination? The University of Illinois. Purcell is one of 86 first-year […]

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Still grateful after 47 years

Photo Caption: Forty-seven years after leaving Cuba as teenagers and living in Guardian Angel Home in West Peoria, the nine reunion participants pose with former home chaplain Fr. Richard Mullen in Champaign June 27 By: By Tom Dermody The Fourth of July weekend is all about gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy in the United […]

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Catholic Charities’ clients, staff fear proposed state cuts

Photo Caption: Kristy Hemmele, a foster parent, shares her personal testimony with the audience. By: By Jared Olar Catholics Charities of the Diocese of Peoria and its 30,000 clients are keenly feeling the effects of the State of Illinois’ budget crisis. Unless the Illinois General Assembly votes to restore funding during emergency budget sessions, which […]

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610 learn from Jesus at Summer Institute

By: By Jennifer Willems One of the many titles by which Jesus was known is “teacher” and he continued to provide valuable lessons for the 610 people who gathered at St. Vincent de Paul Church and School in Peoria June 12-13 for the 2009 Diocesan Summer Institute. Helping to spread his Good News to the […]

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1,100 ‘savor the moment’

Photo Caption: A 75-voice combined choir performs at “Catholic Connected: Beyond the Pew” at Krannert Hall in Urbana on June 3. By: By Tom Dermody URBANA — On a night when more than 1,000 Catholics from 19 faith communities made an historic regional “connection” through shared song and social time at the Krannert Center here, […]

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Love of reading, faith legacy of Pekin teacher

Photo Caption: Pat Graf and her kindergarten students sit beneath a banner they made for a recent Mass. By: By Jennifer Willems PEKIN — Pat Graf isn’t just a teacher. She’s a kindergarten teacher and she says there is an important distinction. “I think kindergarten is totally different from any other grade, mainly because they […]

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Cardinal to Newman grads: friendship more than Facebook

Photo Caption: Cardinal George bestows blessings at the close of the Graduation Mass at St. John’s Catholic Chapel, Champaign. By: By Tom Dermody CHAMPAIGN — Popular online social networks such as Facebook and MySpace can be useful and enjoyable ways of contacting people and staying in touch, but Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago challenged […]

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53 ‘prayer warrior’ women answer Mary’s invitation

Photo Caption: Gail Mary Cummings places a crown of flowers on the statue of Mary during the DCCW day of reflection May 7 at King’s House, Henry. By: By Jennifer Willems HENRY — Not only does prayer allow people to grow in relationship with God and the Mother of God, but it deepens relationships with […]

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Spotlight on Mary, rosary at DVD screening (with slideshow)

Photo Caption: A combined choir of women religious sing at the “Rosary Stars” prayer service at St. Mary’s Cathedral on May 3. By: By Tom Dermody There was a Hollywood actor in St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday, but the spotlight was squarely on the Blessed Virgin Mary and the rosary. “Although always put to a test, […]

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