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No ‘easy way out’ for voters

NORMAL — There is no “taking the easy way out” for Catholics who must form their consciences according to God’s truth and then, after prayerful reflection and study, make prudent choices at the ballot box during an election year. “The church doesn’t endorse candidates, doesn’t tell us for whom to vote,” said Msgr. Douglas Hennessy, […]

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Viewers react to move of EWTN by cable service

Adding the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) to its growing list of high definition channels that are offered digitally was Comcast’s way of improving service to customers in central Illinois, according to the vice president for communications and public affairs in the cable company’s greater Chicago region. “Because of strong customer demand for HD programming, […]

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Rock Island Benedictine elected to lead 12-monastery federation

ROCK ISLAND — When it was time for members of the Federation of St. Benedict, an organization of 12 women’s Benedictine monasteries, to elect a new president they looked to Sister Susan Hutchens, OSB, of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. She is the first member of the community to serve in that capacity. Her […]

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Share their pain, seek hope

METAMORA — “Very helpful.” “I think it’s fantastic.” “It’s about time we had something like this.” “Very happy to be here.” In comments shared after the Diocese of Peoria’s first Widowed and Divorced Day of Recollection, which was held last Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Lourdes, participants told of the benefits of coming together […]

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2 longtime educators recognized

There are few days when Barbara Shrode isn’t happy, but she was especially looking forward to last Wednesday. That’s the day the students walked through the doors of St. Paul’s School in Macomb to begin a new academic year. “I always think in terms of ‘I can’t wait to get everyone back in and see […]

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Principals look to St. Paul as schools reopen

KICKAPOO — With the start of a new academic year in the Diocese of Peoria, Catholic school principals have been asked to look to St. Paul for inspiration. “In the spirit of this great apostle, the men and women who serve as principals in our Catholic schools spread the Good News by their faith and […]

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Campaign opens to renovate St. Augustine Manor facility

St. Augustine Manor in Peoria has launched its first-ever capital campaign to finance several renovations and maintenance of the Catholic retirement community’s 103-year-old building. “St. Augustine’s feast day (Aug. 28) is in the month of August, so what better time for us to announce our capital campaign?” said Peoria attorney Jim Rochford, who has served […]

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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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