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Budding catechetical leaders serve parishes

Even as parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Peoria prepare to celebrate Catechetical Sunday this weekend, four young women are hard at work exploring the role they will play as ministers of “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of Church.” Laura Scrafford, Rebecca Mosca, Kathy Haninger and Anna Waechter are graduate […]

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Gown bridges five generations

WOODHULL — Woven into the cotton threads of Jane Streeter’s 100-year-old baptismal gown is a story of five generations of faith and tradition. The story begins in late 1908, when Sarah Walsh Cole made a baptismal gown while she was expecting the birth of her son, Richard Cole, Streeter’s father. He wore that gown at […]

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Kruses’ 12 years in “God’s hotel,” King’s House

HENRY — The phone rang in the office of Gail Kruse at King’s House, the Diocese of Peoria’s well-known retreat center. Well, maybe not known well by everyone. “Can I talk to Mr. King?” the caller asked. “You sure can,” answered Gail, not missing a beat and referring to Christ the King, for whom the […]

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Teachings, election focus in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON — The church’s moral teachings are not just to help Catholics decide for whom to vote, but should also inspire and guide Catholics in how they lead their lives between elections. That was the theme of a workshop presented by Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, at St. Mary’s Parish […]

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1,000 students at cathedral for All Schools Mass

Welcoming students, teachers and administrators from Catholic schools around the diocese to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Wednesday, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, quipped that he was probably the last person to say, “Welcome back to school.” And yet every time they come to church for Mass, he said, they are entering “the school […]

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You are what you eat (and read)

The following guest commentary was written by Nancy Piccione, a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Metamora. An avid reader, she has a B.A. in English literature and an M.S. in journalism. She is married to Joseph Piccione and they have three children — none of whom, she reports, are teenagers. Yet. When Claire, the […]

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Benedictine friends invite men, women to vocations experiences

They share a Benedictine way of life and a longtime friendship, and now Sister Bobbi Bussan, OSB, of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, and Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey and Academy in Peru, are collaborating on four days of discernment for adults. “A Sun-Day of Reflection” for single Catholic men and […]

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Golden anniversary couples to celebrate at cathedral Sept. 21

Nearly 80 couples who are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their marriage in 2008 will be the guests of honor at a Mass and reception planned for Sunday, Sept. 21. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will celebrate the 3:30 p.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria and then join the couples and their guests […]

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The ‘Spirit of Hope’ benefit

When fundraisers get planned, the organizers usually have some idea of what they’d like to do and who they’d like to feature as the guest artist that will bring people together around their cause. That wasn’t the case with The “Spirit of Hope” Concert, however, which is planned for Saturday, Sept. 20, as a benefit […]

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Bishop poses questions at Irish festival

Calling all Catholics to be “students of Christ,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, gave an exam of sorts Sunday to hundreds gathered beneath a tent for a Mass on the grounds of Peoria’s “Erin Feis” Irish festival. The key question he asked the mostly green-clad assembly to consider was the one Jesus posed to his […]

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