Public Masses suspended though Easter, Catholic school closings extended

The light of Christ, taken from the paschal candle, is shared by those who were received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil last April at St. Patrick Church, Galesburg. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“With great sadness” on Monday evening, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, announced that the suspension of all public worship — first implemented as a coronavirus precaution on March 14 — will continue in the Diocese of Peoria at least through Easter Sunday, April 12. “Holy Week and Easter rank as the most important moments we […]

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In video message, Bishop Jenky offers encouragement during pandemic

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, speaks words of encouragement during the coronavirus pandemic in a video recorded March 21 in the chapel of the cathedral rectory in Peoria.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of a video message from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to the Diocese of Peoria released on March 21. It is published, along with updated directives from the Diocese of Peoria during the coronavirus pandemic, on the diocese’s web page, Dear friends: I am speaking to you […]

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Spiritual hunger awakened by suspension of Masses can lead to growth, grace

As public celebrations of the Mass continue to be suspended, many people are finding spiritual comfort and consolation in the Masses that are being livestreamed by parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As the faithful adjust to the new reality of watching Masses that are being live streamed from their churches or rectory and convent chapels in an effort to prevent transmission of COVID-19, many are wondering what they should be doing as they sit in front of their computer, television or cellphone. Father Jacob Rose advises […]

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Bishop Jenky suspends all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria effective March 14

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, citing coronavirus precautions, suspended all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria effective with the Vigil Masses of Saturday, March 14. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has suspended all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria beginning with the Vigil Mass on this Saturday, March 14. Following is the full text of his statement, released on the afternoon of Friday, March 13, 2020. Click here for his March 12 statement with directives also affecting Catholic schools […]

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Latest updates on coronavirus-related cancellations in the Diocese of Peoria

A sign on a church door in Peoria tells of the suspension of public Masses and all parish activities as a coronavirus precaution. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic is a fast-breaking story around the globe, nation, and now in the Diocese of Peoria. This site, along with The Catholic Post’s Facebook page, will be a source for latest developments affecting Catholic life and events in our diocese. We invite parishes and schools to make cancellations known to […]

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Parish, school leaders are challenged to know, share the ‘why’ behind all they do

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomes 140 people from around the Diocese of Peoria to a stewardship and evangelization conference at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 5. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Why do our Catholic parishes and schools exist? There are many answers to that question, but the one that encompasses them all takes only three words, a gathering of parish and school leaders from around the Diocese of Peoria was told on March 5. “To make disciples,” is the answer suggested by Katie Herzing, the […]

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285 continue faith journey at Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, greets Donald Kotsikpa, a catechuman from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion on Feb. 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Facilitating the introduction is Deacon Al Angelo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Henry Wefer of Morton can’t wait until the Easter Vigil, when he will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. “It’s what I want more than anything,” said the 18-year-old college freshman, who will be received into the Catholic Church at St. Monica in East Peoria on April 11. “I’m burning for […]

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Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, reflects on her eight years as Benedictine prioress

"My satisfaction comes both in the directions we set for ourselves and also in the work we've done to help that all come to fruition," said Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, of her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — As Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, looks back on her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery, she finds joy in what the Sisters have accomplished together and is excited for what is to come. The Sisters of St. Benedict have started a discernment process that will lead […]

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Proud of Scouts, Bishop Jenky says they build up church, community, character

Bishop Jenky takes delight in the Wolf Scouts and Tiger Scouts gathered around him as they look at the religious emblems they had just received from him at the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus calls every person on his “team” to love God with their whole heart, mind, strength and soul, and their neighbor as themselves, and Scouting is a good way to do just that, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who attended the annual Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16. “Jesus says if we want […]

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Musician Matt Faley returning home to lead diocesan youth rally on March 14

Matt Faley, a 2001 graduate of Peoria Notre Dame, has served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for the past decade. He will lead music and be the major presenter at the Diocese of Peoria's Youth Rally on March 14. (Photo from

Catholic musician Matt Faley will feel right at home when he steps to the microphone at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 14 as the main presenter at the 2020 diocesan youth rally. After all, he has traveled the country leading praise and worship. And his two talks — on the Eucharist and […]

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