Sr. Mary Shryock, CSJ, Peoria native, dies at 95; funeral is in St. Louis on Nov. 16

Sister Mary Shryock, CSJ

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Nazareth Living Center, 2 Nazareth Lane in St. Louis, for Sister Mary Shryock, CSJ, a Peoria native and former teacher who was involved in music ministry and education in Peoria for nearly 25 years. Sister […]

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Sr. Subha Clare, OSF, professes perpetual vows as a Heading Avenue Franciscan

Sister Subha Clare, OSF, is pictured with Bishop Louis Tylka after professing perpetual vows as a Sister of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 15 at the West Peoria motherhouse.

Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, professed her perpetual vows as a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans) on Oct. 15 at Immaculate Conception Convent in West Peoria. The vow ceremony took place during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Louis Tylka. In the name of the congregation, Sister […]

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Eucharist-inspired hymn to debut at Festival Choir’s concert Nov. 12 in Peoria

Mary Ann Fahey-Darling directs the St. Anthony Camerata Festival Choir in this image from the choir's Facebook page.

“Be Thou My Vision” is the theme of a concert by the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir of the Diocese of Peoria planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. Mark Church in Peoria. The program will feature the premiere performance of “Communion Prayer,” written by Patricia Morris of St. Vincent de […]

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Lay evangelist urges priests to ‘personally disciple’ their staffs and parishioners

Lay evangelist Michael Gormley offered ways priests of the diocese could offer personal discipleship in an age of larger parishes during his keynote presenations at Priest Assembly Days. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

By Tom Dermody Forming disciples for Jesus Christ is not done via “conveyor belt” but through personal accompaniment, a lay evangelist told priests of the Diocese of Peoria during their Assembly Days on Oct. 17. “The mission of parish priests and your lay staffs who work on the pastoral side is to carry out the […]

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Bring ‘Boxes of Joy’ for needy children to Brimfield parish hall in early November  

Two siblings in Guatemala share their excitement in opening a “Box of Joy” gift box from a generous donor.

By Paul Thomas Moore BRIMFIELD — Contacted on the tractor while she was helping with the harvest “if it doesn’t rain,” Box of Joy organizer Tina Windish of St. Joseph Parish, Brimfield, said she is hoping for a different kind of bumper crop come November. From Nov. 4-12, she would welcome a “rain” of shoebox-sized […]

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Pro-Life Billboard Project seeks help to expand signs of hope in central Illinois

Volunteers with the Pro-Life Billboard Project install a sign along Route 45 near Ludlow. The sign is one of 20 the group has placed in Central Illinois. The landowners for this sign location are Judy Jepsen-Popel and her grandson, Cody Wyman, and the volunteers pictured are, from left, Steve Clarkson, Mike Ostrowski, and Victor Vasquez. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore CHAMPAIGN — The Pro-Life Billboard Project has installed 20 billboards across Central Illinois over the past three years. “This is an entirely volunteer-led endeavor to install pro-life signs . . . so that people facing an unplanned pregnancy can find help at free, faith-based pregnancy centers as opposed to ending up […]

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23 parishes represented on PDCCW bus pilgrimage to St. Thérèse shrine Sept. 25

Participants in the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women pilgrimage to the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Darien begin a five-day novena to St. Thérèse, the patroness of vocations for the Diocese of Peoria. (Provided photo)

By Paul Thomas Moore The Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) led a pilgrimage to the National Shrine and Museum of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Darien on Sept. 25. Approximately 60 pilgrims (including several men) from 23 parishes across the diocese journeyed by bus from Peoria and Champaign. Pilgrims sought the intercession of […]

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Blessings of pets to be offered at parishes, schools on Oct. 4 St. Francis of Assisi feast

A bulldog reacts as a priest sprinkles holy water during a blessing of pets in the church parking lot. Such blessings are frequently offered on or around the observance of the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals. (CNS/Sam Lucero)

Many parishes and schools in the Diocese of Peoria have planned blessing of pet ceremonies on or around the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi in remembrance of his love for all creatures. (See related column, page 13.) Here is a list of pet blessings made known to The Catholic Post. All dates […]

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