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18 to receive rural life award at Harvest Mass

Eighteen individuals, couples, or families will be recognized at the Harvest Mass of the Diocese of Peoria on Sunday, Nov. 23, as recipients of the 2008 St. Isidore Award for living out their faith in the rural community in an exemplary and responsible manner. The award is named for the patron saint of farmers. The […]

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Natural Family Planning speaker drew line in the sand

She wasn’t comfortable with it, but Diane Dunniway could rationalize prescribing contraception — at first. A nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health, she knew Catholic physicians who were prescribing contraception and she figured the women she was seeing would just go elsewhere to get what they wanted anyway. “At least I was giving them information […]

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Teddy bears coax smiles from tears

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone who has seen a child with a teddy bear knows the comfort and joy these stuffed creatures bring to those who are hugging them. The Provena Hospice Center for Grief, Loss and Hope has found this to be especially true for people who are coping with the death of someone they loved. […]

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Chant school forming; first session Nov. 1

In an effort to increase the knowledge of and appreciation for Gregorian chant in the Diocese of Peoria, a Cathedral Chant School has been formed and the first session is next Saturday, Nov. 1. People with all levels of musical experience are welcome to come to the class, which will be held from 1 to […]

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Spalding Pastoral Center nears completion

To applause and expressions of admiration, the new Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Peoria was crowned with gold-colored crosses last Thursday. Perhaps none of the onlookers was as pleased as Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who sang out a line of the hymn, “Lift High the Cross,” when the north […]

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Living Rosary part of diocesan festival Sunday

Those attending the Diocesan Rosary Festival this Sunday, Oct. 26, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria can expect a prayerful experience resembling ceremonies at Marian shrines such as in Lourdes, France, or Fatima, Portugal, according to planners. The schedule of the service, which is open to the public and begins at 3:30 p.m., was announced […]

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Catholic, Muslim women talk

MOLINE — “Grant us the life of true peace.” Voices flowed together in the ancient words of a prayer of the Prophet Muhammad on Oct. 20 during the second session of the third annual Muslim-Catholic Women’s Dialogue. Both sessions took place at the Islamic Center of the Quad-Cities in Moline and were a joint effort […]

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Funeral Mass in Peru for Fr. Bawiec

PERU — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, celebrated a funeral Mass on Monday at St. Valentine’s Church here for Father Edward J. Bawiec, 83, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and pastor emeritus of St. Valentine’s Parish. Father Bawiec, a native of Oglesby and a World War II veteran, died at 4:10 p.m. […]

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‘This job is about service’

For all the power and prestige of politics, educating the young is a more important job than holding public office, says Congressman Ray LaHood. He should know. Rep. LaHood has been both a school teacher in the Diocese of Peoria and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Rep. LaHood was […]

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Bishop lauds work of women’s commission

Members of the Bishop’s Commission on Women in the Church and in Society of the Diocese of Peoria didn’t come empty-handed to their annual meeting with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, last week. They brought successes, questions and one request. “You asked us to establish the Christ Child Society in the diocese four years ago […]

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