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‘Totus Tuus’ weeks for youth are set at 24 sites across Diocese of Peoria this summer

In this 2021 file photo, children in the Totus Tuus day program at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton gather for prayer, song and a fun activity as the day begins. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Twenty-four sites throughout the Diocese of Peoria will host “Totus Tuus” weeks this summer, providing Catholic children in grades 1-12 a prayer-filled and fun environment to help them come closer to Christ. “Totus Tuus” is a Latin phrase that means “totally yours.” It was St. John Paul II’s motto to describe his dedication to Jesus […]

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Boys, young men from across diocese invited to summer Emmaus Days sessions

A water bottle bearing the Emmaus Days prayer is in the foreground during an outdoor discussion at a 2021 Emmaus Days session. (Provided photo)

Boys and young men from throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to take part in Emmaus Days this summer, a vocations awareness program that provides a spiritual and fun environment designed to make them more aware of God’s presence in their lives. Four sessions, led by seminarians and with involvement from diocesan priests on […]

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Seeds planted by his parents bear fruit for 25 years for Fr. John Bosco Mujuni

Father John Bosco Mujuni, who will celebrate his 25th anniversary of ordination on Aug. 17, is pastor of Immaculate Conception, Lacon, and St. John XXIII, Henry. (Provided photo)

LACON — When he was 8, Father John Bosco Mujuni became an altar server. While he was at Mass one day, his father pointed to the priests and said, “I would like you to be like these priests.” “The wish of my father and my active involvement as an altar boy and being involved in […]

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Fr. Joseph Mary finds joy in celebrating Mass, adoration, serving Christ’s people

Father Joseph Mary Brown, CSJ, celebrates Mass at Padre Pio's altar in San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy on Oct. 25, 2015. He said "the mystery of the Holy Eucharist, that is, Jesus Himself" is what drew him to the priesthood. (Provided photo)

Ten priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria are marking their 25th anniversary of ordination this year. The first is Father Joseph Mary Brown, who was ordained for the Congregation of St. John by Bishop John J. Myers on April 26, 1997, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The profiles for Father Christopher Haake, Father […]

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Sanctity of Human Life Rally now set in Peoria on Tuesday evening, May 24

Monica Cline is the guest speaker at the Sanctity of Human Life Rally on May 24 in Peoria.

The Sanctity of Human Life Rally in Peoria, postponed from its usual January date because of a COVID-19 surge at that time, will take place at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, May 24, at a new location — Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2025 N. Kickapoo Creek Road. The guest speaker is Monica Cline, a former Planned Parenthood […]

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San Francisco archbishop says no Communion for Pelosi over her abortion stand

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone are seen in this composite photo. (CNS composite/Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters, and Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

By Julie Asher, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — San Francisco’s archbishop declared May 20 that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is not “to be admitted” to Communion unless and until she publicly repudiates “support for abortion ‘rights’” and goes to confession and receives absolution “for her cooperation in this evil.” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone […]

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Bishop Tylka to celebrate Mass for new Catholics at cathedral on June 5

Trisha Lengfelder (left) with her sponsor Susan Zola listens as the Exsultet or Easter Proclamation is sung at the beginning of the Easter Vigil at St. Matthew Church in Champaign on April 16. Lengfelder would be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time that evening. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Those who were received into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil have been invited to join Bishop Louis Tylka on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, for a Mass for New Catholics. It will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 607 N.E. Madison Ave. The families, friends and sponsors who accompanied these […]

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High schools complete strategic plan process; implementation set this fall

Matthew Vander Vennet, director of advancement and development at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, makes a point as the advancement committee for the Partners in Mission process at the school gets busy on April 29. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — The High School of Saint Thomas More became the fifth and final diocesan high school to put together a strategic plan this month, with the guidance of Partners in Mission, a Boston-based consulting firm engaged by the Office of Catholic Schools. With the approval of Bishop Louis Tylka, all the plans are due […]

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St. Gianna’s daughter planning to open spiritual pilgrimage center in Springfield

Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., is pictured on April 29 with Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of Italian saint, St. Gianna Beretta Molla. (CNS/courtesy Diocese of Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNS) — Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, a pediatrician and daughter of Italian St. Gianna Beretta Molla, plans to open an international pilgrimage site and center in Springfield to help spread knowledge of and devotion to her parents and promote marriage and family life. “I learned from my saint mom and holy dad to […]

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Join Bishop Tylka on a vocation-themed pilgrimage to France Jan. 22-31, 2023

The Basilica of Ars -- which houses the tomb of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests -- is among the sites to be visited during a 10-day pilgrimage to France being planned in early 2023 by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations and led by Bishop Louis Tylka.

Bishop Louis Tylka and leaders of the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations will be spiritual directors for a 10-day pilgrimage to France being planned for Jan. 22-31, 2023. Joining Bishop Tylka in guiding the pilgrimage will be Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocations director of formation, and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, vocations director of recruitment. Organizers emphasize […]

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