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Grand Ridge woman adds state leadership post to her long list of service to church

One of Nympha White's favorite projects has been Box of Joy, a mnistry of Cross Catholic Outreach. This photo was taken as she was packing boxes with items donated for children in need last fall with the help of Laurel Stein of St. Mark Parish in Peoria and her daughters (from left) Anna, Clare, Elizabeth and Maggie. White is the new director of the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GRAND RIDGE — For the next two years, the Chicago Province of the National Council of Catholic Women will be in the hands of a woman who is brimming with energy and doesn’t like to waste time. “Even when I’m watching TV, my hands are busy,” said Nympha White of Grand Ridge, who was installed […]

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Friday morning rosary walks pray for neighbors around St. Ann Church, Peoria

Father Jeremy Freehill, administrator of St. Ann Parish in Peoria, leads a rosary walk through the church neighborhood on the city's south side on Sept. 4. Carrying the cross is Tom Wiegand while holding the Mary statue is Terry Davis. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

How long does it take to pray the rosary? For those who take part in rosary walks every Friday morning in the blocks surrounding St. Ann Church on Peoria’s south side, the answer depends on how many neighbors they encounter as they walk and pray. “We want them to know St. Ann is here whatever […]

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Beethoven concert on Facebook Sept. 20 will also seek funds for Sisters’ plans

George Stelluto, music director of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, discusses plans for the showing of “Music & Faith” with members of the Apostolic Sisters of St. John, from left, Sister Lety Guadalupe, Sister Anne, Sister Monika Maria, and Sister Victoria Maria. (Provided photo)

A free concert celebrating Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday will also invite support for the Apostolic Sisters of St. John’s efforts to build a new convent and chapel at their U.S. novitiate house in rural Princeville. “Music & Faith: Beethoven and the Apostolic Sisters of St. John” will be shown on the Sisters’ Facebook page […]

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Peru pastor Msgr. Richard Soseman offers radio listeners a weekly ‘JMJ Moment’

Msgr. Richard Soseman is pictured in the studios of WLPO 103.9 FM, where he records "JMJ Moment." (Provided photo)

PERU — Msgr. Richard Soseman has never been afraid to use the media of the day to reach out to people with messages of faith. That has included everything from texts and instant messaging to Facebook and the printed word. Now he’s adding radio to the list, and he’s doing it with help from Venerable […]

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Bishop Jenky, Coadjutor Bishop Tylka welcome students to school via video

In this screenshot from his video message welcoming students back to school, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has his school lunch box, featuring his Chihuahuas Vicar and Monsignor, ready to go.

With all of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria in session, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka released video messages welcoming back students and encouraging them to let Jesus be their guide. “I am here to encourage you and your wonderful teachers in continuing your education. In our simply […]

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40 Days for Life campaign kickoff events are scheduled in Champaign and Peoria

Those looking for ways to defend the sanctity of human life are invited to take part in “40 Days for Life,” a campaign of prayer, fasting, and pro-life witness to end abortion scheduled from Sept. 23 to Nov. 1. Public vigils are planned outside Planned Parenthood centers in Champaign and Peoria. In Champaign, two prayerful […]

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College life has changed in 2020, but not the mission of Catholic campus ministry

Volunteers from St. John's Catholic Newman Center help returning students move in to Newman Hall in the heart of the University of Illinois campus in Champaign on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While students returning to the many universities and colleges within the Diocese of Peoria are facing new realities because of the pandemic, the mission of the Newman Centers and other Catholic campus ministries has not changed. “We’re still here to build community, we’re still here to build a relationship with Christ,” said Father Robert Lampitt, […]

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Fr. Otto’s ‘Two Minutes About’ videos are joyfully connecting life, faith for many

"Two Minutes About" with Father Tom Otto, parochial vicar for the LaSalle Catholic Community, reached 100 episodes on Aug. 16.

LASALLE — Two minutes doesn’t seem like enough time to accomplish much of anything. For Father Tom Otto, however, it’s more than enough time to make a connection with God and faith and have fun doing it. Those insights are part of a series on Facebook called “Two Minutes About.” Father Otto, parochial vicar for […]

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