Catholic Charities receives $100,000 grant to assist area COVID-19 impacted families

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria has received a $100,000 grant to assist families impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic with housing and/or utilities payments. The grant is from the third round of disbursements generated by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF). Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is among 31 nonprofit organizations […]

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‘Totus Tuus’ summer youth program plans to offer its teaching content online

Totus Tuus participants take part in an exercise of trust led by team member Jacob Martini in this 2017 file photo from St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington.

People who were sad to hear that Totus Tuus, the popular, parish-based faith formation program for children and teens, might not be able to take place this summer can rejoice. While the weeklong sessions with Totus Tuus missionaries and teachers is not possible due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, Father Timothy Hepner and Amy […]

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Fr. Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB, 87, dies in Florida; served in Champaign, Rantoul

Father Joseph Santa Bibiana, SDB

BELLE GLADE, Florida — A Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, at St. Philip Benizi Church here for Father Joseph Santa Bibiana Gisbert, SDB, former parochial vicar of Holy Cross Parish in Champaign and superior of the Salesian community there. Father Santa died on May 15, 2020, at Wellington […]

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Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB, dies May 15; celebrated 70th anniversary in March

Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Anne Newcomer, OSB, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery for 70 years, died May 15, 2020, at the monastery. She was 92. Because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, a private wake service and Mass of Christian Burial were planned for May 18 […]

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‘Longing in a Time of Exile’: In solidarity, solace with those desiring the Eucharist

A tabernacle lamp burns in this photo illustration by Taryn Watkins.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following prose poem was written by Taryn Watkins, a consecrated virgin for the Diocese of Peoria, an artist, and a teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria. She submitted her work “in the hope that it it could be a source of solace and solidarity” in this time of suspended public Masses […]

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Bishop Jenky encourages Marian devotion in video message released on Fatima feast

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, addresses Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria in this screen grab from a video message released on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Speaking from the tomb of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, he noted the media pioneer's devotion to Our Lady and how she leads the world to Jesus.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the transcript of a video message released by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on May 13, 2020, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The video itself is embedded below. I love all the wonderful  feasts of Our Lady and I think I have special devotion to today, Our Lady of […]

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Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, Peoria native, dies May 9; funeral services pending

Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, who served in Peoria for 38 years as a social worker, teacher and school counselor, died May 9, 2020, in St. Louis. She was also active in Cursillo.(Provided photo)

ST. LOUIS — Sister Roberta Cecile Houlihan, CSJ, a longtime social worker and counselor in Peoria who was also active in Cursillo, died May 9, 2020, at Nazareth Living Center here. She was 93. Funeral arrangements are pending. Born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Peoria, and baptized Phyllis, Sister Roberta was the daughter of Leo […]

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Livestreaming Mass one way to get to know new coadjutor bishop-elect

As public celebrations of the Mass continue to be suspended, many people are finding spiritual comfort and consolation in the Masses that are being livestreamed by parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka is among the pastors who have been livestreaming Masses during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are broadcast from his parish church, St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park. To find them, visit St. Julie Billiart Parish on Facebook or the parish’s website, There is also a link there to his “Midweek Moment.” […]

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Virtual tours, online registration among welcoming options at Catholic schools

Sharon Bowker, one of the kindergarten teachers at Seton Catholic School in Moline, welcomes viewers to her classroom during a "virtual kindergarten roundup." Virtual tours and online registration are ways that families who want to explore Catholic education can do so during coronavirus restrictions. (Screenshot from

Families who want to explore Catholic education for their children have some new options this spring as schools around the Diocese of Peoria offer virtual tours and online registration in an effort to welcome everyone and still keep them safe. “Once we realized we were in this remote learning and weren’t going to return to […]

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After 44-year vocation teaching religion, Schlarman’s Pat Prall preparing to retire

Pat Prall lis retiring after 46 years in education -- 25 of them at Schlarman Academy in Danville, her alma mater.This photo, which she submitted to the school for a video message to the students, lets them know they are on her mind and in her prayers daily. (Provided photo)

DANVILLE — It’s only 65 steps from Pat Prall’s classroom at Schlarman Academy to the school chapel. A religion teacher, she has walked that path so many times over the last 25 years that she knows every step of the way blindfolded. “I don’t think I could do what I do without prayer,” she told […]

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