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Dunkin . . . bishop? Bishop Tylka takes a turn in the tank at youth conference

Bishop Louis Tylka takes a turn in a dunk tank at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis last weekend. He promised those who knocked him off the perch that "they didn’t have to go to confession for dunking the bishop.” (Provided photo/ Carla Wizieck)

INDIANAPOLIS — Basketballs get dunked. So do cookies, doughnuts, and even chicken nuggets. But a bishop? Allow Bishop Louis Tylka to explain how he wound up in a dunk tank operated by the Salesian order at the National Catholic Youth Conference last weekend in Indianapolis. The tank was meant to draw the attention of the […]

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Local author Katie Bogner guides children through Advent and Christmas

Author Katie Bogner holds her just-released book, “All about Advent and Christmas.” (Provided photo)

Parents, catechists, and teachers have a new resource to help guide children through Advent and Christmas, thanks to a local author. “All about Advent and Christmas: Sharing the Seasons of Hope and Wonder with Children” is the title of a just-released book by Katherine (Katie) Bogner, junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School […]

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Christ Child Society chapters in diocese mark 15 years of serving families in need

Pictured assembling a layette Nov. 15 for a needy family with a newborn are Christ Child of Central Illinois members, from left, Shari Paris of the Pontiac Circle, Pam Tomlianovich of the Peoria Circle; and Judy Weber, also of the Pontiac Circle. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The two chapters of the Christ Child Society in the Diocese of Peoria are marking 15 years of helping to provide a good start to families in need who have welcomed newborn babies. The Christ Child Society of Central Illinois and the Christ Child Society the Quad Cities were recognized with 15-year certificates at the […]

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Full Sheen ahead: Update on cause given at local radio network’s fundraiser

Msgr. Jason Gray, executive director of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, discusses the sainthood cause of Archbishop Sheen with Catholic Spirit Radio host Royce Hood (center) on Oct. 25 at the network’s studio in Normal. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore NORMAL — Msgr. Jason Gray gave an update on the cause for the beatification of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen during an on-air fundraiser for Catholic Spirit Radio on Oct. 25. The executive director of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation illustrated how the “pause in the cause” has permitted the test of […]

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‘The Parish: A Community Formed for Mission’ is topic Sunday at St. Ann, Peoria

Father Matthew O'Donnell

“The Parish: A Community Formed for Mission” is the theme of a presentation to follow the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Ann Parish in Peoria this Sunday, Nov. 12. Leading the brief reflection and subsequent discussion will be Father Matthew O’Donnell, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The public is invited, and lunch is […]

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Sr. Mary Shryock, CSJ, Peoria native, dies at 95; funeral is in St. Louis on Nov. 16

Sister Mary Shryock, CSJ

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Nazareth Living Center, 2 Nazareth Lane in St. Louis, for Sister Mary Shryock, CSJ, a Peoria native and former teacher who was involved in music ministry and education in Peoria for nearly 25 years. Sister […]

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Sr. Subha Clare, OSF, professes perpetual vows as a Heading Avenue Franciscan

Sister Subha Clare, OSF, is pictured with Bishop Louis Tylka after professing perpetual vows as a Sister of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 15 at the West Peoria motherhouse.

Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, professed her perpetual vows as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans) on Oct. 15 at Immaculate Conception Convent in West Peoria. The vow ceremony took place during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka. In the name of the congregation, Sister […]

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Eucharist-inspired hymn to debut at Festival Choir’s concert Nov. 12 in Peoria

Mary Ann Fahey-Darling directs the St. Anthony Camerata Festival Choir in this image from the choir's Facebook page.

“Be Thou My Vision” is the theme of a concert by the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir of the Diocese of Peoria planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. Mark Church in Peoria. The program will feature the premiere performance of “Communion Prayer,” written by Patricia Morris of St. Vincent de […]

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Lay evangelist urges priests to ‘personally disciple’ their staffs and parishioners

Lay evangelist Michael Gormley offered ways priests of the diocese could offer personal discipleship in an age of larger parishes during his keynote presenations at Priest Assembly Days. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody Forming disciples for Jesus Christ is not done via “conveyor belt” but through personal accompaniment, a lay evangelist told priests of the Diocese of Peoria during their Assembly Days on Oct. 17. “The mission of parish priests and your lay staffs who work on the pastoral side is to carry out the […]

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