Jan Smith, pro-life champion and founder of Family Resources Center, dies at 88

Jeannette A. "Jan" Smith

MORTON — A funeral was held on March 16 for Jeannette A. “Jan” Smith, the founder and longtime director of the Family Resources Center in Peoria. She was 88. Mrs. Smith died March 11, 2023, in Morton. “I learned with sadness about the death of Jan Smith,” said Father William Miller, chair of the Diocesan […]

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Fish dinners in full swing around diocese

The following list was compiled from information provided to The Catholic Post. New listings will be added as they become available. If you would like to add a fish fry, send an email to Jennifer Willems at — BLOOMINGTON: The Knights of Columbus, Father John D. Ring Council 574, will hold a fish fry every […]

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Sister Margaret Murphy, OSB, longtime educator, dies; funeral planned March 10

Sister Margaret T. Murphy, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Sister Margaret T. Murphy, OSB, on Friday, March 10, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. West. It will begin at 10:30 a.m. and be livestreamed through the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery Facebook page. Burial will follow in […]

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Video on discipleship shows that it’s not for a select few, but for everyone

Matt Faley and Jenny Witt are seen talking about discipleship in the second of five video conversations in Bishop Louis Tylka's "Five Foundations" series. The foundations are designed to support the Growing Disciples pastoral planning process. (Provided photo)

Everyone is called to discipleship, although some may doubt how qualified they are. Jenny Witt said they shouldn’t worry about that. “People, when they hear that word, think to be a disciple of Jesus I have to be perfect and have everything together,” said Witt, director of evangelization at St. Philomena Parish in Peoria. “It’s […]

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Knights bringing Pilgrim Icon of St. Joseph to Heart of Peoria parishes

The Pilgrim Icon of St. Joseph is the latest in the Pilgrim Icon Program of the Knights of Columbus. (Provided photo)

Two local Knights of Columbus councils are making available a Pilgrim Icon of St. Joseph for veneration in the parishes of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community this month, starting at St. Joseph Church, 103 Richard Pryor Place, in Peoria. The display and veneration of the icon will start with the 4 p.m. Mass on […]

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Bishops offer statement on ‘A Catholic Vision for Restorative Justice in Illinois’

Noting that “no human person is beyond redemption,” the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) in February outlined a series of policy priorities to make the criminal justice system in our state more rehabilitative and healing, while also increasing public safety. “With the foundations and recommendations that follow, we contend that our Catholic faith provides a […]

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Father Michael Pakula, 78, dies; served as pastor of Geneseo parish for 25 years

Father Michael Pakula

GENESEO — A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Malachy Church here at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, for Father Michael Pakula, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who served as pastor of the Geneseo faith community for 25 years. Father Pakula, a native of LaSalle who also assisted with marriage […]

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Plaque dedicated in honor of Jill Kenyon, retired teacher at Jordan, Rock Island

Jill Kenyon is surrounded by former students and a former co-worker from Jordan Catholic School who are now at Alleman High School. They are (from left) Henry Mihm, Andrew Torres, Ethan Georlett, Mark VanNatta, Jack Mihm, Quentin Fonseca and Iris Reynolds. VanNatta worked with Kenyon for six years at Jordan Catholic before becoming the athletic director at Alleman. (The Catholic Post/Jill Rodts)

ROCK ISLAND — “Good to be home.” Those were Jill Kenyon’s first words at a ceremony to dedicate a plaque in her honor at Jordan Catholic School during Catholic Schools Week. It is estimated that she taught as many as 1,000 students during her 37 years as the gym teacher there before she retired last […]

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