Sr. Cabrini Rael, OSB, dies; funeral Oct. 17 in Rock Island

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery here for Sister Cabrini A. Rael, OSB, who taught at several schools in the Diocese of Peoria. Sister Cabrini died on Monday, Oct. 14, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island. She was 85. […]

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Two organists in concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Friday

It’s not often that the grand Wicks organ at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria is played by more than one person at a time. On Friday, Oct. 18, however, Dr. Sherry Seckler, director of sacred music for the Diocese of Peoria, will share the bench with one of her former students, Jonathan Kroepel, to present […]

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‘Saint of Auschwitz’ play is coming to 6 sites in diocese

Photo Caption: Actor Leonardo Defilippis portrays St. Maximilian Kolbe in a scene from from “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz,” coming this month to Carthage, Galesburg, Canton, LaSalle, Champaign and Moline. Six locations in the Diocese of Peoria this month will host “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz,” a 90-minute production performed live by Leonardo Defilippis. Among the performances […]

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Sr. Marguerite Adams, OSB, longtime teacher, dies at 95

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 4 in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery here for Sister Marguerite Adams, OSB. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery. Sister Marguerite died on Oct. 1, 2013, at the monastery. She was 95.Born in Peoria on Jan. 28, 1918, Margaret E. Adams was the […]

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Fundraiser for seminarians is set in Bloomington Oct. 11

BLOOMINGTON — The Parents of Priests and Seminarians will sponsor their annual POPS Seminarian Fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 11, at St. Patrick Church of Merna here. The evening, which begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., will also include a dinner at 6:30, a short video, and vocation talks by seminarians of the Diocese […]

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Know of a pet blessing near St. Francis’ feast? Add to our list

If your parish or school is hosting a pet blessing, email the event information to for inclusion on this list. — BLOOMINGTONFriday, Oct. 4, at 3:15 on the playground east of St. Mary’s School, 527 W. Jackson St. DANVILLEWednesday, Oct. 2, at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot of Schlarman Academy’s South Campus, Vermilion […]

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Concert by Eric Genuis to benefit Manito building fund

Classical pianist and musician Eric Genuis will perform a concert to benefit the building fund for Immaculate Conception Church in Manito on Sunday, Oct. 6. It will be held at 2 p.m. at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The world-renowned composer and concert pianist will be joined by Gabriel Beistline on cello and Maureen […]

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