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Bloomington parishioner dies on El Salvador mission trip

BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington-Normal Catholic community this week is mourning David McKinney, an active member of Holy Trinity Parish here who died on Saturday, June 21, while on a mission trip to El Salvador. McKinney, 54, apparently drown-ed while swimming in the Pacific Ocean near Playa San Diego. He and 16 other members of the […]

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33 priests receive new assignments

Father Ryan Bredemeyer, from studies in Rome, to assistant pastor, St. Jude’s Parish, Peoria, and chaplain, Notre Dame High School, Peoria Father Brian Brownsey, from rector, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Peoria, and director of vocations for the Diocese of Peoria, while remaining director of vocations, to director, St. Joseph Newman Center, Peoria Father Richard Brunskill, from […]

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Princeville teens publish new book

PRINCEVILLE — The high school students of St. Mary of the Woods Parish have published a new prayer book for teens, “The ‘Prince of Peace’ Princes Prayer Book.”As the title suggests, the prayer book joins the students’ Catholic faith with their pride in their hometown and school, Princeville High School, whose sports teams are named […]

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Guest column: Now what? Share the gift

Graduation ceremonies are taking place this month in schools around the Diocese of Peoria. Following is the full text of a homily given by Father Gregory Ketcham during a Mass at Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises for 83 students last Sunday at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign. Father Ketcham is chaplain and […]

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Fathers Leclercq, Shea granted senior status

Two priests of the Diocese of Peoria have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Father M. Duane Leclercq, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Granville, and St. Patrick’s Parish, Hennepin, will be honored at a celebration in Granville on Monday evening, May 19. He was also recognized with a party last Sunday […]

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Diocesan tribute to John Paul II June 13

Whether your goal is becoming a better teacher of the Catholic faith, or simply becoming a better Catholic, there is much to learn from the life and example of the late Pope John Paul II. One of the keynote speakers at next month’s Diocesan Summer Institute, George Weigel, is uniquely qualified to help people increase […]

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Peoria Notre Dame considering new facilities, location

By: By Tom Dermody A feasibility study is planned this fall to determine the level of financial support for the construction of a new Peoria Notre Dame High School facility on donated land off Willow Knolls Road in north Peoria. The “intent to study” was announced Tuesday night by school officials during a town hall-style […]

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