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Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, 85, dies; Minonk native served in diocese 38 years

Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM

(UPDATED AUG. 18, 2021) OLDENBURG, Indiana — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Holy Family Church here for Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, who served as pastor of five parishes in the Diocese of Peoria, including from 2001 to 2014 at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills. Father […]

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Pre-inquiry program is announced for a new class of permanent deacons

Permanent deacons from throughout the Diocese of Peoria applaud as members of a new class are accepted into the ministry of acolyte in this Catholic Post file photo.

The Office of the Permanent Diaconate has announced a pre-inquiry program for men interested in being a part of the next formation class. Potential applicants should first speak with their pastor and/or a deacon in their parish. The next step would be to contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, (309) 671-1550, to request an […]

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Refurbished pipe organ to be blessed, recital set Aug. 29 at St. Mary, Rock Island

Chris Versluis, who has been playing the organ at St. Mary Church in Rock Island for 22 years, sits at the new console of the refurbished instrument on a recent Saturday afternoon. "The keyboard is still the same, so it still feels like home," he said. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — On any Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning a clear, powerful, vigorous voice proclaiming the glory of God can be heard coming from St. Mary Church here — and bringing parishioners right along with it. That voice belongs to the newly refurbished Wicks pipe organ that will be blessed on Sunday, Aug. 29. […]

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Virtual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference puts spotlight on God’s love

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomed participants to the Diocese of Peoria's 35th Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, held virtually again this year, by encouraging them to witness to what the Holy Spirit had done in their lives, especially to young people.

COVID-19 continues to make its presence felt, but so does the Holy Spirit. Those who attended the Diocese of Peoria’s 35th Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference found that reason enough to celebrate and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, encouraged them to do so. “The Holy Spirit is essential to our life of faith in the Catholic […]

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Sisters on staff are living reminders of new diocesan retreat center’s mission

The three Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary who will have supervisory as well as spiritual advisory roles on the staff of the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center are, from left, Sister Laura Garcia (dining services), Sister Ana Pia Cordua (operations), and Sister Catherine Grace (housekeeping). (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA — As impressive as the physical complex of the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center is, it would be a shell without its heart and soul. “Our mission is to provide a sacred and peaceful environment that will allow individuals the opportunity to have a personal encounter with the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” reads a framed […]

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Statue creation for retreat center became personal for Michigan artist

In her studio north of Detroit, artist Suzanne M. Young discusses her sculpture of the Holy Family before movers packed it for transport to the Sacre-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia on July 17. It is one of three commissioned works that Young created for the new facility. (Provided photo)

For Suzanne Young, creating statues of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Jesus the Divine Mercy for the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center became very personal last Oct. 1. That was the day her mother, Evelyn Rose Young, 96, took her last breath while the artist held her hand and was praying […]

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The Family Resources Center’s mission continues, adapting to changing times

The Family Resources Center will continue at 415 N.E. Monroe St. in Peoria, where it has been based since 2013. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“The Family Resources Center is not closing.” Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka made that assurance in response to concerns recently raised regarding the future of the pro-life outreach, which since 2013 has been based at 415 N.E. Monroe St. in Peoria, across from the Spalding Pastoral Center. In an interview with The Catholic Post, Bishop Tylka […]

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Catholic Women’s League of Peoria elects officers, gives $15,500 to charities

Officers and directors serving the Catholic Women's League are (from left): Ann Gerardo, Vicki Rocke, Sandy Gasparovich, Sally Jacobsen, Patricia O'Connell, Beth Bussan, Joan Weber, and Melane Picl. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Crediting prayer and “God’s grace and guidance,” members of the Catholic Women’s League of Peoria, Illinois, celebrated July 20 as they gathered in person for the first time since COVID-19 shut everything down. The annual meeting, which included a boxed lunch, was held in the parish hall of St. Philomena Church in Peoria. “We tried […]

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