College life has changed in 2020, but not the mission of Catholic campus ministry

Volunteers from St. John's Catholic Newman Center help returning students move in to Newman Hall in the heart of the University of Illinois campus in Champaign on Aug. 17. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While students returning to the many universities and colleges within the Diocese of Peoria are facing new realities because of the pandemic, the mission of the Newman Centers and other Catholic campus ministries has not changed. “We’re still here to build community, we’re still here to build a relationship with Christ,” said Father Robert Lampitt, […]

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Fr. Otto’s ‘Two Minutes About’ videos are joyfully connecting life, faith for many

"Two Minutes About" with Father Tom Otto, parochial vicar for the LaSalle Catholic Community, reached 100 episodes on Aug. 16.

LASALLE — Two minutes doesn’t seem like enough time to accomplish much of anything. For Father Tom Otto, however, it’s more than enough time to make a connection with God and faith and have fun doing it. Those insights are part of a series on Facebook called “Two Minutes About.” Father Otto, parochial vicar for […]

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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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