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Bishop Tylka meets student leadership during visit to St. Joseph Newman Center

Msgr. Brian Brownsey, chaplain and director of the St. Joseph Newman Center in Peoria, introduced Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka to student leadership teams at the end of a Mass with the Newman community at St. Mark Church on Oct. 18. Pictured are leaders of a campus evangelization movement called New Renaissance, which seeks to form and send students as disciples. The Bradley University students are, from left, Renée Samp, Lindsey Wetle, Thomas Shaw, Johnny Berlinger and Robert Pitts. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

On a night when Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka urged Catholic college students to give their lives to God, he met several who are finding ways to do just that at St. Joseph Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria. Bishop Tylka was the celebrant of a 9 p.m. Mass at St. Mark Church on Sunday […]

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Sister M. Sara Koch, OP, dies; served 36 years at St. Malachy Parish/School, Rantoul

Sister M. Sara Koch, OP

SPRINGFIELD — A private Mass of Resurrection will be offered on Oct. 20 at Sacred Heart Convent here for Sister M. Sara Koch, OP, who served for 36 of her 59 years of religious profession at St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul, including two different times as school principal. Sister Sara died suddenly on Oct. 18, […]

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The family of Archbishop Myers remembers the generosity, laughter of “Parent No. 3”

The siblings of Archbishop John J. Myers gathered for one last family photo at the entrance to the Bishops' Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria on Oct. Sept. 30. They are (clockwise from left) Bill Myers, Loretta Malley, Larry Myers, Don Myers, Mary Didier and Elizabeth Myers. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Laughter frequently accompanies memories when the family of Archbishop John J. Myers talks about their brother John, Uncle John and “Bishop Uncle John.” There are a few other names for the late archbishop that are reserved to brothers and sisters only and won’t be shared here, although they are used lovingly and with great joy. […]

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Our Lady of Lourdes grotto is blessed at St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center

As Father Geoff Horton and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck look on, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka blesses the new grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal. His visit on Oct.11 included an outdoor Mass, "COVID-safe" brown bag lunch, and opportunity to meet the students, alumni and their parents. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NORMAL — Our Lady of Lourdes has kept a loving eye on the students and staff of the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center since long before it was known by that title. Now her presence can be felt in a new way. Over the summer a grotto in her honor was built in […]

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‘Post’ invites photos of recently deceased loved ones for 2020 All Souls Day video

This is a screenshot from The Catholic Post's 2020 All Souls Day memorial video.

The Catholic Post again invites photos of loved ones who died within the past year for inclusion in our annual All Souls Day memorial video. Photos will be included of those who have died since Sept. 1, 2019. They may be emailed to tdermody@cdop.org or mailed to The Catholic Post, PO Box 1722, Peoria IL 61656. […]

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Salesian postulant Pamela Suresca is grateful for #projectmiracle support

Pamela Suresca is the former director of mission formation for weDignify, a pro-life organization based at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign. She is now a postulant with the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.

Pamela Rose Suresca has nothing but gratitude for the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese of Peoria. Not only did they foster her call to life as a member of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, but they helped her pay down her student debt so she could pursue that “miracle.” She was […]

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Brimfield, Williamsfield churches will again serve as Box of Joy drop-off sites

Last year, Cross Catholic Outreach was able to send 75,797 boxes filled with small toys, books, toothbrushes, crayons and rosaries, among other things, to children in need in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, Bahamas, and El Salvador.

BRIMFIELD — Charity knows no season and that’s why St. Joseph in Brimfield and St. James in Williamsfield are going ahead with plans to serve as a drop-off site for Box of Joy again this year. “In and out of season, virus or no virus, children still need to experience the love of Jesus,” Father […]

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Daily rosaries for the U.S. are being prayed at LaSalle-Peru parishes’ outdoor grottos

The Blessed Mother Grotto at St. Hyacinth Church in LaSalle is among the outdoor sites for a daily rosary prayed by a group of LaSalle-Peru area Catholics for the conversion of the United States "in this great time of need." (Provided photo)

Every day since the end of June, dozens of LaSalle-Peru area Catholics have met at outdoor grottos to the Blessed Mother to pray the rosary for the United States. “We agreed we would do this every day even if only two of us showed up,” said Mary Kay Pangrcic, a member of St. Hyacinth Parish […]

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