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Central Illinois Right to Life rally explores many facets of respect for life

Elaine Riddick, involuntarily sterilized through a eugenics program in North Carolina in 1968, chats with Sister Mary Faustina Chesnut, OSF, at the Life and Freedom Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life on June 24 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Paul Thomas Moore)

By Paul Thomas Moore Central Illinois Right to Life marked the first anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned Roe v. Wade while recognizing a related fight for the dignity of human life. Ken Goins, CIRTL president, said this year’s Life and Freedom Rally on June 24 […]

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Fun and faith mix with diocesan presence at West Peoria Fourth of July Parade

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Heading Avenue Franciscans, wave to their neighbors in West Peoria who lined the city's streets for the 51st annual Fourth of July Parade. The banners on their trailer reminded people that they seek to be "a caring, praying presence" in the community. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WEST PEORIA — People filled the streets of West Peoria for the 51st annual Fourth of July Parade, which celebrated the 247th anniversary of the birth of the United States and those who have served her. But first, they remembered that we are “one nation, under God.” Bishop Louis Tylka gave the invocation for the […]

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Corpus Christi: Remembering the ‘wonderful gift’ of Jesus in the Eucharist

Bishop Louis Tylka presides at a Holy Hour at St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington on June 11. The first-ever Corpus Christi procession for Bloomington/Lincoln Vicariate could not take place as planned due to the weather, but the bishop said that just gave people an opportunity to carry Jesus in their hearts. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus made it clear that he was more powerful than wind and rain as celebrations for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — also as Corpus Christi in Latin — continued throughout the Diocese of Peoria on June 11. But he also made it clear that he wants nothing more […]

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Focus on importance of Eucharist in fourth video in ‘Foundations’ series

Ana Rodas, assistant director of the Office of Divine Worship, and Father Luke Spannagel, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria who is serving as a preacher for the National Eucharistic Revival, share their thoughts about what the Eucharist means in their lives of faith as part of the fourth video in a series based on the Five Foundations of Growing Disciples. (Screenshot/Fiat Films)

Ana Rodas describes herself as “a young woman on fire for Jesus.” “I love Jesus — he’s so cool. He’s the only one I’ve ever called my best friend,” she said. “Of course I want to talk to people about him.” As the assistant director of the diocese’s Office of Divine Worship, one of the […]

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Top graduates of Class of 2023 look back with gratitude and forward with hope

Graphic by Sonia Nelson

Graduation ceremonies for the Diocese of Peoria’s graduating Class of 2023 are complete. Congratulations to all! Following are brief profiles and photos of the valedictorians and salutatorians for seven of the eight Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria: Central Catholic High School in Bloomington; The High School of Saint Thomas More, […]

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Years of preparation, prayers give four new priests to the Diocese of Peoria

Following the Mass of Ordination on May 27 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka and the Diocese of Peoria’s four new priests gathered on the balcony of the Bishop’s Residence. They are (from left) Father Daniel Dionesotes, Father Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Father Patrick Wille and Father Nathan Hopper. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: An album of photos from the ordination of Father Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Father Daniel Dionesotes, Father Nathan Hopper and Father Patrick Wille has been posted to The Catholic Post’s page on Facebook. In accompanying stories, Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, diocesan vocation director of recruitment, describes the Diocese of Peoria’s newest priests, while their parents […]

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UPDATE: Pope had ‘peaceful night’ and in ‘general good condition’ after surgery

Pictured is a large card Pope Francis received after being operated on June 7, 2023, at Rome's Gemelli hospital. The card is from the family of Miguel Ángel, an infant the pope had baptized in Gemelli's oncology ward March 31. (CNS photo/Holy See Press Office)

By OSV News ROME (CNS) — Among the many messages Pope Francis has been getting over the course of his first full day recovering from abdominal surgery at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, his favorite, so far, was a large card from a Peruvian family he met during his last hospital stay. Covered in hearts, smiley faces […]

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Pope Francis undergoes successful three-hour surgery for hernia; conscious, alert

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican Press Office, looks at Dr. Sergio Alfieri, a chief surgeon at Rome's Gemelli's hospital, who operated on Pope Francis June 7, and speaks to reporters at the hospital as seen in this screengrab of the news conference broadcast live by Vatican Media. Alfieri said the pope was recoverying well from a three-hour surgery for a hernia. (CNS screengrab/Courtesy Vatican Media)

By OSV News ROME (CNS) — Pope Francis was conscious and alert after a three-hour abdominal surgery that was performed “without complications” to treat a hernia, the Vatican said. The 86-year-old pope was taken to Rome’s Gemelli hospital shortly after his general audience June 7. He was put under general anesthesia and underwent abdominal surgery […]

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Four men ‘ecstatic’ as they prepare for ordination to the priesthood Saturday

Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Patrick Wille, and Deacon Nathan Hopper will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Louis Tylka this Saturday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It’s ordination weekend! Deacon Daniel Dionesotes, Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Patrick Wille, and Deacon Nathan Hopper will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Louis Tylka this Saturday, May 27, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. A reception, with the newly ordained priests offering first blessings, will follow […]

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Pentecost 2023: Bishop Tylka looks to future with hope, builds upon past

This image of the Holy Spirit hangs in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Commissioned by Bishop Louis Tylka, it was painted by Taryn Watkins. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The great Solemnity of Pentecost is a reminder to us of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. Indeed, our life as disciples in the Church is animated by the Holy Spirit who empowers and equips us for the mission that the Lord has given to us. […]

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