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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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‘Blessed day’: Diocese adds six priests

Photo Caption: The new priests join Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in blessing the assembly at the end of the more than two-hour liturgy. By: Jared Olar A standing-room-only crowd packed St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 24, to celebrate the ordination of the Diocese of Peoria’s six newest priests and two transitional deacons. “What […]

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