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Priest to present the Gospel of Mark from memory March 19 at St. Bede Abbey

Father Joseph Morris memorized the Gospel of Mark while bedridden for five months with a badly broken leg. (Photo from gospelofmark.us)

PERU — Father Joseph Morris will perform a dramatic recitation by memory of the entire Gospel of Mark at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the St. Bede Abbey Church. The performance will take more than 90 minutes and includes an intermission. The public is invited and there is no admission charge, though a […]

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Tristan Daugherty wins first state title for Peoria Notre Dame wrestling

Tristan Daugherty, a senior at Peoria Notre Dame, hugs head coach Kevin Burk after winning the IHSA Class 1A state championship in the 126-pound division on Feb. 22 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. At right is Danny Burk, assistant coach. (Photo courtesy IllinoisMatmen.com)

Peoria Notre Dame wrestler Tristan Daugherty capped a stellar high school career and senior season by winning the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state championship with a 20-5 technical fall over previously unbeaten Nik Jiminez of Harvard in the 126-pound weight division. “It’s amazing,” Daugherty told The Catholic Post on Monday, two days after […]

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Deacon Samuel Taylor, 59, dies; funeral Mass is offered at St. Mary, Canton

Deacon Samuel Taylor

CANTON — A funeral Mass was offered on Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Mary Church here for Deacon Samuel Taylor, who served the parish as a permanent deacon since his ordination in 2012. Deacon Taylor died at his Canton residence on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. He was 59. Born Aug. 25, 1960 in Dixon to […]

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“Abby’s Journey” video event Feb. 23 to open 40 Days for Life campaign in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — “Abby’s Journey,” a video featuring former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson and her journey into pro-life ministry, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Holy Cross Parish Center, 405 W. Clark St. The showing of the video will help kickoff the spring campaign of 40 Days for Life […]

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Diocese plans multi-ministry stewardship, evangelization conference on March 5

“Working from Why” is the theme of a stewardship and evangelization conference to be offered by the Diocese of Peoria on Thursday, March 5, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The conference, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., replaces the diocese’s biennial development and stewardship conferences and expands the invitation to a […]

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Support St. Bede chaplain, 70, and students as they ‘polar plunge’ for Special Olympics

Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain of St. Bede Academy in Peru, leaps with students into the chilly Illinois River during a polar plunge last year. Father Ronald, who just turned 70, will take the plunge again -- joined by 40 St. Bede students -- on Feb. 29 in Mendota to raise money for Special Olympics. (Provided photo)

PERU — What better way for a priest to celebrate turning 70 than by running fully clothed into a lake of frigid water on the last day of February? “It should be fun,” said Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain of St. Bede Academy in Peru, in anticipating a Leap Day plunge into Lake Mendota on […]

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Presenters to offer ‘Tools for the Marriage Tool Box’ Feb. 22 at Moline parish

Bridget Brennan and Jerry Shen of The Cana Institute.

MOLINE — Sacred Heart Church will offer a marriage enrichment seminar designed to give couples “Tools for the Marriage Tool Box” on Saturday, Feb. 22. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Culemans Fellowship Hall, 1400 16th Ave., and feature Bridget Brennan and Jerry Shen of The Cana Institute. Brennan and […]

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Rebekah Hagan tells of finding ‘a way out’ after she took the first abortion pill

Rebekah Hagan addresses the Sanctity of Human Life Rally on Jan. 21 in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Like a driver whose car begins to slide uncontrollably on a freeway that has turned foggy and icy, Rebekah Hagan — then a frightened, pregnant, single, teenaged mother of one — looked for and took the closest “exit ramp.” It led to an abortion clinic. “In a moment of panic and not thinking clearly, I […]

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