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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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‘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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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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Rock Island couple featured in video promoting 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal

Mary Anne and Deacon Joe Dockery-Jackson pray in the perpetual adoration chapel of St. Pius X Church in Rock Island in this screen grab from the promotional video for the 2020 Annual Diocesan Appeal.

“We’ve each been given gifts that we give back to God. And just like the ordinary bread and wine become the very Body and Blood of Christ, those meager gifts that we bring forward . . . God will take and use them in tremendous ways.” So says Deacon Joe Dockery-Jackson of St. Pius X […]

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Grand Ridge woman adds state leadership post to her long list of service to church

One of Nympha White's favorite projects has been Box of Joy, a mnistry of Cross Catholic Outreach. This photo was taken as she was packing boxes with items donated for children in need last fall with the help of Laurel Stein of St. Mark Parish in Peoria and her daughters (from left) Anna, Clare, Elizabeth and Maggie. White is the new director of the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GRAND RIDGE — For the next two years, the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women will be in the hands of a woman who is brimming with energy and doesn’t like to waste time. “Even when I’m watching TV, my hands are busy,” said Nympha White of Grand Ridge, who was installed […]

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Friday morning rosary walks pray for neighbors around St. Ann Church, Peoria

Father Jeremy Freehill, administrator of St. Ann Parish in Peoria, leads a rosary walk through the church neighborhood on the city's south side on Sept. 4. Carrying the cross is Tom Wiegand while holding the Mary statue is Terry Davis. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

How long does it take to pray the rosary? For those who take part in rosary walks every Friday morning in the blocks surrounding St. Ann Church on Peoria’s south side, the answer depends on how many neighbors they encounter as they walk and pray. “We want them to know St. Ann is here whatever […]

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Beethoven concert on Facebook Sept. 20 will also seek funds for Sisters’ plans

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, discusses plans for the showing of “Music & Faith” with members of the Apostolic Sisters of St. John, from left, Sister Lety Guadalupe, Sister Anne, Sister Monika Maria, and Sister Victoria Maria. (Provided photo)

A free concert celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday will also invite support for the Apostolic Sisters of St. John’s efforts to build a new convent and chapel at their U.S. novitiate house in rural Princeville. “Music & Faith: Beethoven and the Apostolic Sisters of St. John” will be shown on the Sisters’ Facebook page […]

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Peru pastor Msgr. Richard Soseman offers radio listeners a weekly ‘JMJ Moment’

Msgr. Richard Soseman is pictured in the studios of WLPO 103.9 FM, where he records "JMJ Moment." (Provided photo)

PERU — Msgr. Richard Soseman has never been afraid to use the media of the day to reach out to people with messages of faith. That has included everything from texts and instant messaging to Facebook and the printed word. Now he’s adding radio to the list, and he’s doing it with help from Venerable […]

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Bishop Jenky, Coadjutor Bishop Tylka welcome students to school via video

In this screenshot from his video message welcoming students back to school, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has his school lunch box, featuring his Chihuahuas Vicar and Monsignor, ready to go.

With all of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria in session, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka released video messages welcoming back students and encouraging them to let Jesus be their guide. “I am here to encourage you and your wonderful teachers in continuing your education. In our simply […]

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