Two pro-life centers blessed in Peoria Oct. 13 as Respect Life Month continues

With help from Bishop Louis Tylka, Ann Kube cuts the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new site for the Women's Care Center at 2609 Knoxville Ave., in Peoria, on Oct. 13. The original location was destroyed by an arson fire on May 3, 2021. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As Respect Life Month continues, two centers in Peoria dedicated to upholding life and the dignity of women were blessed by Bishop Louis Tylka, who offered gratitude “for the many, many lives that will be impacted and touched and saved.” The first blessing on Oct. 13 was for the Women’s Care Center, which has moved […]

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Eucharist is focus as Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convenes in Princeton

Installed as officers of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women by Msgr. Dale Wellman during the group's biennial convention on Oct. 8 are, continuing from left, Melissa Appell of St. Jude Parish, Peoria, treasurer; April Adams of St. Mary Parish, Metamora, vice president; Mary Ann Hughes of St. Mary Parish, Westville, president; and Barbara Harzman of St. Paul Parish, Macomb, secretary. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PRINCETON — The National Eucharistic Revival is challenging Catholics first to deepen their own relationship with and reverence for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and then model and share that core belief of our faith with others. That was among the messages heard by members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women as they […]

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Nearly 1,000 pilgrims follow Jesus for Emmaus Procession through Quad Cities

Bishop Thomas Zinkula of the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, carries the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament over the Mississippi River on Government (Arsenal) Bridge from Davenport to Rock Island in Illinois. Because the Emmaus Procession had to become narrow for this leg of the walk, Bishop Zinkula asked that the canopy be lowered as he carried the monstrance as high as he could to make certain it could be seen by as many people as possible. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MOLINE — Jesus had two companions on the walk to Emmaus, but he was accompanied by as many as 1,000 people Oct. 8 as they traveled from Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa, to St. Mary Church in Moline as part of the first-ever Emmaus Procession through the Quad Cities. Carrying the monstrance with the […]

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Baby Rose’s short life long on love, lessons for mother — and many others

Deacon Mark Jackson prays with Morgan Matson before her presentation at Christ the King Church in Moline. Matson shared the story of her first pregnancy with daughter Rose, who died shortly after birth. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MOLINE — Medical records say Baby Rose lived for two hours and 24 minutes on April 10, 2015. But the 2.3-pound, 8-inch-long bundle of love left an eternal imprint on her mother’s life and continues to help others grow in faith and wisdom. “I needed this little girl to guide me back to the Lord, […]

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Respect Life Month begins with Mass at cathedral, Life Chains around diocese

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Nancy Olson of Morton, a member of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, after the Respect Life Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Oct. 2. The Christ Child Society makes layettes for babies and families in need. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Creating a culture of life requires more than changing laws, according to Bishop Louis Tylka. “Much more it’s changing hearts, helping people to understand the sacredness and the value of each life,” he said as he celebrated Mass on Respect Life Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “And it’s not only the issue of […]

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Bishop: Risen Savior offers hope that cancer will not have the final word

After the Spirit of Hope Mass for Cancer on Oct. 1 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Bishop Louis Tylka poses for a photo with (from left) Sisters Theresa Ann Brazeau, Judith Ann Duvall, Faustina Chesnut, Rose Therese Mann, Teresa Paul Selamat and M. Angelita Van Hoey of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis; tenor John McDermott and Dr. James McGee. The Mass was sponsored by OSF HealthCare. ( The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“You have cancer.” It can be a faith-shattering diagnosis, said Bishop Louis Tylka, who knows that from personal experience. He has heard it twice — once for his mother, Norma, 30 years ago, and again for his sister, Mary Lou Bryant, just over two years ago. Cancer doesn’t get the final word, however, he said […]

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Tom Dermody retires from award-winning career at The Catholic Post

To celebrate Tom Dermody’s award-winning work at The Catholic Post, the staff put together a commemorative magazine with design by Shannon Reznik. (Provided photo)

There’s no doubt that Tom Dermody would rather be writing this story himself instead of having it written about him. After all, he’s been profiling people across the 26 counties of the Diocese of Peoria and telling stories of faith for 43 years. While he dutifully answered questions about his long career at The Catholic […]

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Respect Life leaders say post-Roe is no time to rest and ‘our work is cut out for us’

Now that Roe v Wade has been overturned and the legal battle over abortion has been returned to the states, emotion seems to be ruling the conversation, according to Father William Miller, episcopal vicar for respect life for the Diocese of Peoria. The problem is that this obscures the truth, he said. “The enemies for […]

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Golden, silver anniversary couples from across diocese renew vows at cathedral

Roger and Kathie Herman of Holy Trinity Parish in Bloomington, observing their 50th wedding anniversary in 2022, renew their marriage vows at the Diocese of Peoria's 25th and 50th Anniversary Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 25. Nearly 100 anniversary couples from across the diocese, as well as their families and friends, attended. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Marriage is not a 100-yard dash, it’s a marathon,” Bishop Louis Tylka told nearly 100 couples from around the diocese who are already well into the “race,” having observed — or about to observe — their 50th or 25th wedding anniversaries in 2022. “Today we celebrate all the couples who are here, who have had […]

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Home from Rome: Bishop Tylka grateful for 2-week experience of global church

Bishop Louis Tylka greets Pope Francis on Sept. 8, the final day of a weeklong course of formation in Rome for more than 150 new bishops from around the world. Bishop Tylka presented Pope Francis with a rosary featuring an image of Venerable Fulton Sheen, whose sainthood cause the Diocese of Peoria is promoting. (Photo credit: L’Osservatore Romano)

As students around the diocese returned to school, so did Bishop Louis Tylka. And a weeklong “Baby Bishops’ School” experience in Rome left him humbled and grateful for an education on the global breadth and unity of the church. “We often think of the church as our parish and the pope,” said Bishop Tylka, back […]

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