‘Post’ earns four Catholic press awards, including third place for ‘Best Newspaper’

PORTLAND, Oregon — The Catholic Post was recognized with four awards for journalistic excellence, including third place for Best Newspaper, in judging announced July 7 by the Catholic Media Association of the United States and Canada. The awards, based on work published in 2021, were announced at the closing banquet of the association’s conference held […]

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“We will win Illinois for Life,” rally-goers say at post-Dobbs March for Life Chicago

A woman makes her feelings known as she walks with hundreds of others down Michigan Avenue on July 9 during March for Life Chicago’s “Dobbs March and Rally.” The event focused on pro-life advocacy in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision and the overturn of Roe v. Wade. (Provided photo/Spirit Juice Studios)

CHICAGO — Gratitude for last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, resolve to reverse abortion politics in Illinois, and renewed pledges to offer women life-affirming choices blended as hundreds gathered Saturday afternoon for March for Life Chicago’s “Dobbs March and Rally.” The event focused on pro-life advocacy in the wake of the […]

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Fr. Dittmer, Fr. Loftus named vicars for Rock Island and Danville vicariates

Bishop Louis Tylka has recently appointed two priests as vicars forane to serve regions of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Antonio Dittmer, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Moline, is the new vicar forane of the Rock Island Vicariate, which embraces 15 parishes in the communities of Andalusia, Coal Valley, Colona, East Moline, Hampton, Milan, […]

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Visitation, funeral planned July 9 in Lacon for Sister M. Justina Delonga, DSF

Sister M. Justina Delonga, DSF

LACON — A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister M. Justina Delonga, DSF, will be celebrated on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m. at the motherhouse of the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi here. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lacon. […]

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St. Maria Goretti Parish, Coal Valley, will celebrate 50 years with Mass July 17

St. Maria Goretti Church in Coal Valley serves about 200 households.

COAL VALLEY — Bishop Louis Tylka will join the members of St. Maria Goretti Church on Sunday, July 17, to celebrate the parish’s golden anniversary. The Mass, which will be concelebrated by Father Tony Ego, pastor, will begin at 10 a.m. Previous pastors are also expected to attend. Founded in 1965, St. Maria Goretti started […]

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Laurie Ullrich moves on after 23 years in diocesan Curia, serving three bishops

"It's been an honor," said Laurie Ullrich of her 23 years serving on the diocesan staff, including the last 14 years as an administrative assistant in the Office of the Bishop and Chancery Office. (Provided photo)

At various times over the last 23 years, Laurie Ullrich has been the friendly, capable voice at the other end of the line in the Office Vocations and the Office of Divine Worship. Since 2008, she has been an administrative assistant in the Office of the Bishop and Chancery Office of the Diocese of Peoria. […]

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Sacred Heart Parish, Moline, to celebrate project’s groundbreaking, pastor’s jubilee

An artist's rendering of the Gathering Center planned for Sacred Heart Parish in Moline. Groundbreaking for the $2,237,000 church addition is scheduled on Sunday, July 17.

MOLINE — Members of Sacred Heart Parish, 1307 17th Ave., have two reasons to celebrate on Sunday, July 17. The first is the 40th anniversary of Father Mark DeSutter’s ordination to the priesthood. The pastor at Sacred Heart since 2014, he will be honored by parishioners and friends at a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 […]

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Novena will precede Santo Niño de Cebu enthronement celebration July 16

Many Filipinos keep statues of Santo Niño de Cebu in their homes.

The 24th anniversary of the enthronement of the icon of Santo Niño de Cebu at St. Joseph Church in Peoria will be celebrated with a Mass and reception on Saturday, July 16. Bishop Louis Tylka will preside at the 5:30 p.m. liturgy at St. Joseph, 103 S. Richard Pryor Place, and bless all Santo Niño […]

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Charismatic Renewal Conference returns to in-person format July 30; speakers set

Dr. Carol Razza is a featured speaker at at the Diocese of Peoria's Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 30, and Dan Dúet will again be music and worship leader.

After two years of virtual gatherings designed as a safeguard against COVID-19, the Diocese of Peoria’s Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference will return to an in-person format on Saturday, July 30, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The theme is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” The 36th annual conference will feature talks by Bishop Louis […]

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Welcoming court’s decision, leaders say it’s time to build pro-life culture

Pro-life demonstrators are seen near the Supreme Court in Washington. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hailed the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision to overturn the court’s 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and said it is time for “healing wounds and repairing social divisions” with those who take opposing views on abortion. The ruling marks a historic day […]

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