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Faith helps ease anxiety for Catholic medical personnel as virus peak nears

Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., recites a prayer while holding a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament during a Palm Sunday blessing for health care workers outside the entrance of St. Mary Medical Center in Green Bay. (CNS/Sam Lucero)

As the peak impact of the coronavirus pandemic is anticipated locally in the coming days and weeks, Catholic medical personnel are turning to their faith to find hope, comfort, and ease anxiety. “This is truly a challenging time for believers and non-believers alike,” said Dr. Timothy Millea, president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of […]

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Catholic schools in Illinois seek share of CARES Act educational relief funding

In a letter noting how Catholic schools in Illinois have been impacted after closing March 14 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the school superintendents of the six Catholic dioceses in the state have asked that Gov. JB Pritzker remember nonpublic schools when emergency funding is being distributed. Dated April 2 and sent electronically by […]

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Diocese’s priests offer messages of hope, encouragement: ‘We’re one in Christ Jesus’

The priests of the Diocese of Peoria renew the promises they made at ordination during the 2019 Chrism Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The diocese's priests are offering words of hope and encouragement to their flocks as we approach Easter. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While it’s true that the Body of Christ will not be able to come together to celebrate Easter, the members of that body are still united. That’s a cause for joy, according to priests around the Diocese of Peoria, who encouraged people to have hope as they ride out the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve got to […]

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Deacon Charles L. Robbins, 72, dies; served St. Monica Parish in East Peoria since 2002

Deacon Charles L. "Charlie" Robbins

WASHINGTON — Deacon Charles L. Robbins, a permanent deacon who served St. Monica Parish in East Peoria since his ordination in 2002, died at home on Friday, March 27, 2020. He was 72. Services will be private, with burial at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Morton. A public memorial Mass will take place at a later […]

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Parish support option offered; Annual Diocesan Appeal launch is postponed

With canceled Masses and limited offertories amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. church leaders are predicting an income squeeze that will affect parishes, dioceses and national collections. The Diocese of Peoria has established an online giving opportunity called "Support Your Parish" and postponed the launch of the Annual Diocesan Appeal. (CNS illustration/Emily Thompson)

One by-product of suspended Masses is no offertory collection. To assist parishes with needed income during this historic period, the Diocese of Peoria has established an online giving opportunity called “Support Your Parish.” Designed especially for parishes that do not currently offer online giving, the new effort enables donors to select their parish name from […]

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School fundraising galas adapt to new reality; Alleman’s moves online Saturday

ROCK ISLAND — Alleman High School’s annual major fundraiser, the Father Mirabelli Heritage Ball, was supposed to be coming home to the school campus this Saturday, March 28. Instead, the celebration is going far beyond the school’s walls and into hundreds of homes as the first online-only “virtual Heritage Ball.” And everyone is invited. “Our […]

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COVID-19 pandemic sends seminarians back to diocese, but discernment continues

Seminarians of the Diocese of Peoria are pictured with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation, and Father Timothy Hepner, vocation director of recruitment, in this photo taken last August at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (Provided photo/Nellie Gould)

When colleges and universities across the country suspended in-person classes for the rest of the semester to prevent transmission of COVID-19, the seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Peoria were sent home, too. That doesn’t mean their discernment has been suspended, according to Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation director of formation. In […]

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Msgr. John Prendergast, 74, dies; Streator native was U.S. Army chaplain, pastor

Msgr. John Prendergast is pictured in a 2015 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Msgr. John Prendergast, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and a highly decorated former U.S. Army chaplain, died at Christian Buehler Home in Peoria on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was 74. Burial took place at St. Mary Cemetery in Msgr. Prendergast’s hometown of Streator — a community he served for nearly a […]

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