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Bishop Jenky asks parishes to take up second collection to assist Lebanon

Men and women wait for Pope Francis to lead a prayer on a day of reflection and prayer for Lebanon in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican July 1. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked parishes to take up a second collection before the end of July to assist Catholics in that troubled nation. (CNS/Guglielmo Mangiapane, pool via Reuters)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked pastors throughout the Diocese of Peoria to take up a second collection before the end of July for Catholics living in the nation of Lebanon. “They are facing what has been called the worst economic crisis in modern history,” wrote Bishop Jenky in a letter to priests dated […]

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‘Life of No Regrets’ is theme of talks set Aug. 3-6 at Rapids City, East Moline parishes

Robert Rogers is a songwriter and author of five books.

“Know God and Live a Life of No Regrets” is the basis for a series of talks with original music that will be given by Robert Rogers at St. John the Baptist in Rapids City and St. Anne in East Moline from Aug. 3 to 6. Rogers will speak from personal experience — he lost […]

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Father Thomas Henseler, Cursillo and diaconate pioneer leader, dies at 85

Father J. Thomas Henseler

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Monday morning, July 19, for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest who was a pioneer leader in the Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Henseler, who also served in the Diocese of Springfield as […]

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Responding to concerns, bishops express hopes for ‘strong future’ of Alleman H.S.

ROCK ISLAND — In recent weeks, parents and supporters of Alleman High School have raised concerns — especially on social media — about the school’s direction and staffing. A primary concern has been whether Viatorian Father Daniel Mirabelli, the longtime driving force in development for the Rock Island school, would be staying. In a letter […]

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From Newman Hall to Team USA and the Paralympic Games for Jenna Fesemyer

Jenna Fesemyer, former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign, displays the medals she earned while qualifying for Team USA at the Paralympic Trials June 17-20 in Minneapolis. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — The former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center here will soon be on her way to Tokyo as part of Team USA competing in the Paralympic Games. “I feel so honored to be able to represent the USA in Tokyo this August,” Jenna Fesemyer told The Catholic Post […]

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Bishop Tylka’s July parish prayer calendar

The cross above St. Patrick Church in Washington is surrounded by color in this photo from last fall. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will remember the Washington faith community on July 4 as part of his monthly prayer calendar. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name this year, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious […]

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In ‘The Jesus Diary,’ Pontiac parishioner tells fictional account of an eyewitness

PONTIAC — Imagine being present for many of the miracles and teachings during the earthly life of Jesus. Dave Mishur, a member of St. Mary Parish here, did just that in recent months. The result is “The Jesus Diary,” the first book by the retired newspaper columnist and public relations consultant. In the fictional account […]

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Family members describe diocese’s newest priests: kind, caring, loving Jesus/Mary

Newly ordained Father Nicolas Wilson offers a blessing to his parents, Richard and Lori Wilson, and brother Ben during a reception at the Spalding Pastoral Center that followed the ordination Mass on May 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The parents and family members of newly ordained Father Austin Bosse and Father Nicolas Wilson can assure their first parishes they will be served by outstanding young men who love Christ and the church. Asked following the ordination Mass on May 29 for three words to describe their sons or brothers, Father Bosse’s family — […]

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Gold Star Mass, restored plaque honor WWII deceased from St. Mark, Peoria

Msgr. Brian Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark Parish in Peoria, offers the opening prayer for the parish’s inaugural Gold Star Mass, which was held on Memorial Day, May 31. In the foreground is a plaque honoring nine men from St. Mark who gave their lives in service to their country during World War II, which was blessed and rededicated by Msgr. Brownsey. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

She never knew her father, but Ann May of Peoria has been told he was talkative and could be stubborn. “Just a kid from St. Mark who would have played basketball right here,” she said as she stood in the school gym on Memorial Day. That “kid” was Marine Lt. James Richard Donovan, who died […]

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