New safe environment effort

BLOOMINGTON — The implementation of the Diocese of Peoria’s new “safe environment” training program got under way this month with two “training of trainers” sessions in Bloomington and Galesburg. The workshops, presented by Jerry Sanderson, assistant diocesan superintendent of schools, were designed to introduce the new training format to Catholic school principals, parish and school […]

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Newman Center move-in complete; dedication next

CHAMPAIGN — Called one of the most ambitious building projects in the history of the Diocese of Peoria when it was announced in November 2006, the $26 million residence hall expansion and renovations at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois are nearing completion and will be dedicated in a series of […]

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Clergy appointments

Father Chris Haake from administrator to pastor, St. Teresa’s Parish, Earlville, while remaining chaplain, Marquette High School, Ottawa This appointment is effective immediately. Father Donald Henderson from pastor to parochial vicar, St. Philomena’s Parish, Peoria Father David Richardson from parochial vicar to administrator, St. Philomena’s Parish, Peoria, while remaining assistant vocations director These appointments were […]

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Lesson in generosity: project fills backpacks

MOLINE — Children may not be able to discuss the fine points of what constitutes a recession, but they know when economic times are tough. Many will feel it in the days ahead when they go back to school with backpacks that could use a few more supplies. That’s not the case at Seton Catholic […]

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Back to college with FOCUS

While Catholic students at colleges around the country prepare for the start of classes, seven college graduates and students from the Diocese of Peoria are preparing to help them grow stronger in their faith. Six young adults — RyAnne Folck, Alex Kale, Matt Faley, Tom Bruner, Mark Joseph and Jenny Witt, all of whom hail […]

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Redesigned diocesan Web site debuts at

Just weeks before most diocesan offices move to a new pastoral centerunder construction, the Diocese of Peoria has completed a redesign ofits home in cyberspace. A new-look Web site for the diocese debuted July 18 at following months of planning and input involving nearly every Curia department, including The Catholic Post. “As you visit […]

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Cathedral to host monthly devotions for Sheen cause

The Diocese of Peoria is about to introduce monthly devotions at St. Mary’s Cathedral seeking the Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercessionin the canonization cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Archbishop Sheen is a native of El Paso who was ordained a diocesan priest and later gained worldwide fame as a radio and television host, prolific author, […]

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Catholic school year to open with Mass, luncheon Aug. 14

School pastors, parochial vicars and principals will gather at St. Mary’s Church in Kickapoo on Thursday, Aug. 14, to open the new school year with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. It will begin at11 a.m. At the luncheon and meeting that follow at Kickapoo Creek Winery, the Diocese of Peoria will […]

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Nearly 400 at weekend Catholic charismatic conference

Patti Gallagher Mansfield lived out a childhood dream during Friday night’s opening of the Diocese of Peoria’s 22nd Annual Charismatic Renewal Conference. For a half-hour, the pioneer in the charismatic renewal in the CatholicChurch became a cheerleader. “Give me an ‘H’!” she urged a crowd of almost 400 at the Holiday Inn City Centre in […]

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