Funeral Mass to be offered in Streator Friday for Fr. Jerome Feeley Smith, 63

Father Jerome Feeley Smith

STREATOR — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Michael the Archangel Church here at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, for Father Jerome Feeley Smith, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria and later became a commissioned officer in the Chaplain Corps of the U.S. Navy. Father Smith […]

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Fr. Ted Hochstatter, 73, dies; funeral in Mendota Thursday for servant of poor

Father Theodore Hochstatter

MENDOTA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at Holy Cross Church here for Father Theodore (Ted) Hochstatter, 73, who was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria and since 1993 served the poor with the Missionaries of Charity, mostly in Africa. Father Hochsatter died […]

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St. Bede students learn more about Mass, receive training as liturgical leaders

Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, is surrounded by the St. Bede Academy students who attended the "One Bread, One Cup" conference at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. They are (from left) Kaden Nauman, Abraham Wiesbrock, Bella Hagenbuch, Aubrey Siebert, Lacey Griggs and Elizabeth Vanko.Joining them for the week was Ryder Schell. (Provided photo)

PERU — Each summer for the last 13 years, a handful of students from St. Bede Academy have traveled to St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana to learn more about the Mass and how they can be liturgical leaders in their own community. Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain, said he continues to […]

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‘Joy for everyone’ as Sr. Mary Clare Key, DSF, professes her final vows in Lacon

Bishop Louis Tylka offers a blessing to Sister Mary Clare Key, DSF, after the Samoa native professed her final vows with the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi at the American Region’s motherhouse in Lacon on Aug. 15. Provided photo

LACON — On the day she made her First Communion, Sister Mary Clare Key, DSF, felt so connected to Jesus that she wanted to take him home with her. The priest made sure she consumed the Body of Christ then and there, but the desire to be close to the Lord continued. On Aug. 15, […]

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Benedictines to host ‘Season of Creation’ interfaith prayer service on Sept. 24

Solar panels are seen in this aerial view of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. The monastery will be the site of an outdoor interfaith "Season of Creation prayer service on Saturday, Sept. 24. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — In an effort to deepen connections with God, the Earth, and all of creation, the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery are planning an outdoor interfaith prayer service for Saturday, Sept. 24. It will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on the monastery grounds at 2200 88th Ave. West. […]

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Latino men explore spiritual, physical, emotional health issues at retreat

Participants in the Latino Men’s Retreat pose for a group photo Aug. 27 at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. Seen standing in the center is Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry and interim director of evangelization and formation for the Diocese of Peoria. (Provided photo)

MAGNOLIA — After attending the first encounter for fathers and sons from Spanish-speaking communities around the Diocese of Peoria in April, participants asked for a retreat dedicated to their issues as Latino men. They got it on Aug. 27 at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center here. Another collaboration between the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of […]

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New film on Mother Teresa coming to several theaters within diocese Oct. 3-4

“Mother Teresa: No Greater Love” will be shown in at least five theaters in the Diocese of Peoria, including in Bloomington, Champaign, Moline, Normal, and Savoy.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With St. Teresa of Kolkata’s death 25 years ago, there is an entire generation of young men and women who did not see much about her life and legacy, serving “the poorest of the poor.” That meant it was time to put her back in the spotlight, said a panel of […]

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U.S. bishops’ Labor Day statement touts bills to help children, women, families

This stained-glass image of laborers is found at St. Ann Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

By Mark Pattison / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — This year’s annual Labor Day statement from the U.S. bishops touts two bills awaiting action in Congress as being helpful to children, women and families: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and an expansion of the federal child tax credit. “Even before current economic uncertainties, women […]

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