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Responding to concerns, bishops express hopes for ‘strong future’ of Alleman H.S.

ROCK ISLAND — In recent weeks, parents and supporters of Alleman High School have raised concerns — especially on social media — about the school’s direction and staffing. A primary concern has been whether Viatorian Father Daniel Mirabelli, the longtime driving force in development for the Rock Island school, would be staying. In a letter […]

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From Newman Hall to Team USA and the Paralympic Games for Jenna Fesemyer

Jenna Fesemyer, former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign, displays the medals she earned while qualifying for Team USA at the Paralympic Trials June 17-20 in Minneapolis. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — The former resident director of Newman Hall at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center here will soon be on her way to Tokyo as part of Team USA competing in the Paralympic Games. “I feel so honored to be able to represent the USA in Tokyo this August,” Jenna Fesemyer told The Catholic Post […]

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Bishop Tylka’s July parish prayer calendar

The cross above St. Patrick Church in Washington is surrounded by color in this photo from last fall. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will remember the Washington faith community on July 4 as part of his monthly prayer calendar. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name this year, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious […]

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In ‘The Jesus Diary,’ Pontiac parishioner tells fictional account of an eyewitness

PONTIAC — Imagine being present for many of the miracles and teachings during the earthly life of Jesus. Dave Mishur, a member of St. Mary Parish here, did just that in recent months. The result is “The Jesus Diary,” the first book by the retired newspaper columnist and public relations consultant. In the fictional account […]

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Family members describe diocese’s newest priests: kind, caring, loving Jesus/Mary

Newly ordained Father Nicolas Wilson offers a blessing to his parents, Richard and Lori Wilson, and brother Ben during a reception at the Spalding Pastoral Center that followed the ordination Mass on May 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The parents and family members of newly ordained Father Austin Bosse and Father Nicolas Wilson can assure their first parishes they will be served by outstanding young men who love Christ and the church. Asked following the ordination Mass on May 29 for three words to describe their sons or brothers, Father Bosse’s family — […]

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Gold Star Mass, restored plaque honor WWII deceased from St. Mark, Peoria

Msgr. Brian Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark Parish in Peoria, offers the opening prayer for the parish’s inaugural Gold Star Mass, which was held on Memorial Day, May 31. In the foreground is a plaque honoring nine men from St. Mark who gave their lives in service to their country during World War II, which was blessed and rededicated by Msgr. Brownsey. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

She never knew her father, but Ann May of Peoria has been told he was talkative and could be stubborn. “Just a kid from St. Mark who would have played basketball right here,” she said as she stood in the school gym on Memorial Day. That “kid” was Marine Lt. James Richard Donovan, who died […]

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Carla Oliver joins Office of Vocations

Carla Oliver

Carla Oliver has joined the Curia of the Diocese of Peoria as an administrative assistant in the Office of Vocations. A native of Texas City, Texas, Oliver is a 2014 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education. She has four years of teaching experience, including the past […]

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17 parishes in the diocese will host youth program ‘Totus Tuus’ this summer

In this 2018 file photo, Brinley Kluepping gazes up as Tom Anderson, a team member for Totus Tuus, explains the various aspects of Jesus' life and ministry depicted in the stained glass windows at St. Louis in Princeton during a church tour. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Totus Tuus is totally back. Seventeen parishes across the Diocese of Peoria will host the Catholic summer youth program in the coming weeks. Brought to the diocese a decade ago, the program was “online only” last summer as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning. This year, parish leaders are thrilled to welcome it back in-person and […]

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