Champaign couple’s gift establishes fellowship to honor Archbishop Myers

Archbishop John J. Myers

The Papal Foundation has received a $200,000 gift from Dan and Marianne Harrington of Champaign to establish the Archbishop John J. Myers Fellowship in the area of canon law. This will make it possible for one scholar each year to study canon law at one of the Roman Pontifical Universities. The first recipient is Father […]

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Activities developed as companion resource to children’s book on Sheen

A page from the activity book designed by Katie Boger is seen next to "Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week" by Bonnie Engstrom. The artwork by Mariam Khoury Briggs was used with her permission in Bogner's resource. (Provided photo)

“Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week” now has a companion activity book. Katie Bogner, junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria, designed it to help students in kindergarten through fourth grade learn more about Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It also invites children to go deeper into one of the […]

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Illinois bishops denounce state’s repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act

The repeal of Illinois' Parental Notice of Abortion Act by the Illinois Legislature is "contrary to the legal and moral right of parents to care for their children," according to the Catholic Conference of Illinois. (Photo of State Capitol from

The repeal of Illinois’ Parental Notice of Abortion Act has been denounced as “contrary to the legal and moral right of parents to care for their children” by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. In a late night vote on Oct. 27, a bill to repeal the act passed the Illinois House by a margin of […]

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Priests urged to live ‘mystery of the cross’ to meet church’s post-COVID challenges

Msgr. Eugene Morris addresses priests of the Diocese of Peoria on the challenges of the post-COVID church during his keynote talk at Priest Assembly Days at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on Oct. 18. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Priests must live the “mystery of the cross” in order to respond to pastoral challenges including division and indifference that have intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re all waiting to see — now that life is, in a sense, returning to normal and more freedoms are able to be exercised — are we going to […]

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OSF HealthCare ‘Street Medicine Shuttle’ blessed for service to area’s homeless

Father Don Roszkowski, assistant chaplain at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, is pictured at the Oct. 21 blessing ceremony for the new OSF Street Medicine Shuttle, seen in the background. The vehicle will help address the needs of the area's growing homeless population. The ceremony took place at the Faith Community Nursing base at 719 N. William Kumpf Blvd. in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

To enhance the care given to a growing number of “unsheltered patients who struggle with homelessness” in the Peoria area, OSF HealthCare on Oct. 21 blessed a shuttle van for use by its newly developed Street Medicine Program. The van will provide space for the OSF Faith Community Nurse team to have confidential encounters and […]

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Deacon Harley Chaffee, 84, dies; served St. Malachy Parish in Geneseo for 37 years

Deacon Harley Chaffee

GENESEO — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at St. Malachy Church here for Deacon Harley Chaffee, who served as a permanent deacon at the parish for 37 years. Deacon Chaffee died on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. […]

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Sr. Kathleen Ann elected to second term as Heading Avenue Franciscan president

Elected to serve as the general council for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception in West Peoria on Oct. 9 were (from left) Sister Holly Marie Schulz, councilor; Sister Irene Marie Fritch, vice president; Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, president; and Sister Betty Jean Haverback, councilor. They will be installed Dec. 5. (Provided photo)

WEST PEORIA — Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF, has been elected to serve a second term as president of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception. She will be installed at a Mass on Dec. 5, with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka as the celebrant. Assisting Sister Kathleen Ann will be Sister Irene Marie […]

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‘Listen and learn’ — Bishop Tylka opens diocesan phase leading to 2023 Synod

This is the official logo for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The synod will take place in October 2023 and will be preceded by broad consultation at the diocesan, national and regional levels. (CNS photo/courtesy Synod of Bishops)

Saying “we have to listen and learn from each other, know each other, so we can be the church God wants us to be,” Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka on Sunday officially opened the Diocese of Peoria’s phase of the worldwide process leading to a Synod of Bishops in 2023. Bishop Tylka was celebrant and homilist […]

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