H.S. of Saint Thomas More teacher makes her final profession of Franciscan vows

Sister Mary Francis Goodson, FSGM

CHAMPAIGN — Sister Mary Francis Goodson, FSGM, a mathematics teacher at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, has made her final profession of vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. The celebration took place during feast day festivities at the motherhouse in Alton on Aug. 3. “I […]

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Marian painting reproductions installed and blessed at St. Mary Church, Westville

Kenosha artist Stephen Cascio, left, and his brother Patrick carry an image of the Assumption of Mary prior to its installation above an entrance to St. Mary Church in Westville. It was one of two Marian depictions installed and blessed on the Solemnity of the Assumption, Aug. 15. (Provided photo)

WESTVILLE — Two digitally reproduced Baroque-era paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary were installed and blessed in interior arches above the north and south entrances to St. Mary Church here the weekend of Aug. 15-16. “Our parish is named St. Mary and, other than a statue, we really had nothing special to the Blessed Virgin […]

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Safety first as elementary, high school sports adapt to changing guidelines

Schlarman Academy’s Capria Brown is cheered by teammates and fans after a steal early in the Hilltoppers’ state championship win in 2019. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The girls basketball team from Schlarman Academy in Danville won state championships in 2018 and 2019. Whether the Hilltoppers — or any sports teams in Catholic schools across the diocese — will have the opportunity to showcase their skills or bring home trophies in 2020-2021 is still being determined. “I hope that we will have […]

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Danville chaplain grateful to now be a citizen of ‘the greatest nation on earth’

Standing outside the Chicago office for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi displays his certificate of naturalization on July 13. (Provided photo)

DANVILLE — As he studied for the civics test he would have to take to become a U.S. citizen, Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi found he had something in common with the colonists in his adopted country. “I like and appreciate that the colonists wanted and fought for the freedom and the liberty that exists and that […]

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Symbolism of Bishop Tylka’s coat of arms explained; motto is ‘Go Make Disciples’

Bishop Tylka's coat of arms and episcopal motto, "Go Make Disciples"

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each bishop has his own coat of arms bearing his episcopal motto — usually a quote from Scripture — and symbols that have some personal significance. These coats of arms are used on documents and letterhead and other items pertaining to that bishop. Bishop Tylka’s coat of arms was designed by Father Guy […]

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Hitting the road: Bishop Tylka is coming soon to a church or campus near you

St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington (Aug. 1), left, and St. Mary Church in Pontiac (Aug. 2), are among the first to host vicariate Masses with Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka.

In the weeks to come, newly ordained Bishop Louis Tylka will have an opportunity to meet and pray with the people of the Diocese of Peoria at Masses of Thanksgiving in each of the 12 vicariates. Receptions are also planned in each location, followed by opportunities to interact with area priests in many cases. In […]

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‘Everyone is invited’ to view ordination of Bishop-elect Tylka via livestream July 23

This invitation to view the July 23 livestream of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka’s episcopal ordination Mass is being shared across social media.

While acknowledging it is “unfortunate” that attendance at the episcopal ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka will be limited on July 23 because of coronavirus pandemic guidelines, Msgr. Jason Gray takes the optimistic view. Because the Mass will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Peoria’s website ( and Facebook page, he said, “in a certain […]

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