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First walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes, Germantown Hills, takes unique paths

The first-ever walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes in Germantown Hills took people past the monument for the unborn in the parish cemetery. Here Ileen Grebner, director of faith formation (left), stands with members of the Verdun, Cox and Hogan families and their friends. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — In some ways, the first-ever walk for life at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish last Sunday was like any other walk for life in that people braved the cold of a January day to show their support for human life from the moment of conception until natural death. That doesn’t mean it […]

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Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton to affiliate this year with OSF HealthCare

Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton

PRINCETON — The Boards of Directors for Perry Memorial Hospital here and OSF HealthCare, along with the Princeton City Council have adopted an affiliation agreement that will allow for a transfer of ownership of Perry Memorial Hospital from the City of Princeton to OSF HealthCare. “Our longstanding relationship with Perry Memorial Hospital, which spans nearly […]

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President of U.S. bishops’ statement on the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States as his wife, Jill Biden, holds a Bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 20, 2021. (CNS/ Reuters)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following statement was released Jan. 20 by Most Rev. José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angelesand the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. My prayers are with our new President and his family today. I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation […]

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Deacon Lawrence DeCapp, 72, dies; served Germantown Hills, Metamora parishes

Deacon Lawrence DeCapp

EAST PEORIA — A memorial Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at St. Mary of Lourdes Church in Germantown Hills for Deacon Lawrence Leroy DeCapp, 72, a permanent deacon who served that parish as well as St. Mary in Metamora. Deacon DeCapp, who was also active in Cursillo leadership, died […]

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New chief medical officers named for OSF medical centers in Danville, Urbana

OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Danville and OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Urbana each have new vice presidents and chief medical officers. Now serving in those roles in Danville is Dr. Anil Gopinath. His appointment became effective Dec. 21. He comes to the Danville medical center after serving as chief […]

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Area pro-life proponents finding new ways to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary

Even though Central Illinois Right to Life will not be holding its annual Sanctity of Human Life Rally or walk for life around the Federal Courthouse in Peoria this year, supporters seized a recent opportunity to make a stand for life. As 2020 was coming to an end, several people from the organization stood on the Adams Street pedestrian overpass along Interstate 74 in Peoria and held pro-life signs for drivers on both sides to see. “We got a lot of affirmative honks,” said Dan Bohan, CIRTL vice president. (Provided photo)

There are many things that have changed across Central Illinois due to COVID-19, but respect for human life isn’t one of them. That has made it necessary for parishes and respect life groups to look for new ways to provide a witness. At St. Mary of Lourdes in Germantown Hills, for example, parishioners will hold […]

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Pandemic restrictions, but no limit on love in 2020 for Our Lady of Guadalupe

Women and children dressed in festive attire and carrying the flags of Spanish-speaking nations process into St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Dec. 12 at the start of an evening Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The daylong celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Dec. 12 was capped by an evening Mass with two bishops present and confident prayers that Mary our Mother will not “let go of our hand in the midst of so many trials.” The colorful costumes used in cultural […]

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Catholic Charities’ Christmas Project provides gift cards to 360 households

Each guest in Catholic Charities' Christmas Program received a bag of gift cards designed for their household and made possible with support from 33 parishes in the Diocese of Peoria. Distributing at the West Peoria campus Dec. 14 were Sid Ruckriegel, Stefanie Tarr, and Julie Enzenberger. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There was a circle of charity flowing Dec. 14 at the Heading Avenue campus of Catholic Charities in West Peoria. The campus was just one distribution point for Catholic Charities’ annual Christmas Project, which this year assisted about 360 families throughout the diocese and more than 1,125 individuals. Pandemic safety precautions made this year’s pick-up […]

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Groveland man recalls getting his Notre Dame diploma from a future pope, saint

Timothy Gorman of Groveland, a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton, received his 1960 University of Notre Dame diploma in liberal arts from the future St. Pope Paul VI.

GROVELAND — Sometimes you don’t know you’re making history until you look back. In Timothy Gorman’s case it was way back to June 5, 1960, the day he received his diploma in liberal arts from a future pope and saint at the University of Notre Dame. “Our great president, Father Theodore Hesburgh, had invited sitting […]

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