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Bishop Tylka fields a wide range of questions from Emmaus Days participants

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka fields questions from Emmaus Days Session IV participants at Peoria Notre Dame High School. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

God-willing, there were future priests in Sessions III and IV of Emmaus Days in July. But during their respective question-and-answer sessions with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in Peoria Notre Dame’s Livingston Auditorium, they sure sounded like future journalists. Participants peppered Bishop Tylka with about 25 questions in each 40-minute session. They ranged from the basic […]

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Funeral homily: Fr. Mai-Chi-Thanh knew the joy in this life was but a foretaste

Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a transcript of the homily given by Father Joel Phelps at the July 29 funeral Mass at St. Matthew Church in Champaign for Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh, pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish in Pesotum. Father Mai-Chi-Thanh, 92, died in Champaign on July 25. His obituary is found here.  — It’s a […]

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Funeral homily: Father Tom Henseler was formed by, and then made, history

Father J. Thomas Henseler

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of the homily given at the Mass of Christian Burial on July 19 for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and a pioneer leader in the diocese’s Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs. The Mass was celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at St. […]

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Pandemic didn’t stop the service or the mission of the Christ Child Society

Carol Romanowski (center), the new president of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, is flanked by the members who were recognized for their service to the organization during the annual meeting on May 19. They include (from left) Pam Tomlianovich; Elaine Mills; Therese Peck, immediate past president; and Ingrid Ruscheinski. Not present was Pat Grove. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the pandemic made it more difficult to meet in person, it didn’t stop the members of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois from helping families in need who chose life for their child. “Our members kept making quilts at home and sewing and knitting and crocheting, so we have lots of hats. One […]

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Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, marking 25 years since priesthood ordination

Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA

MOLINE — A missionary priest of the Society of African Missions, Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, came to the Diocese of Peoria in 2017 to serve as the parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish here. Father Matthew was born in Liberia, West Africa, and claims the Archdiocese of Monrovia as his home diocese. He […]

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Father Martin Mwongyera — 25 years of ‘extraordinary actions’ of priesthood

Father Martin Mwongyera

Father Martin was born and raised in Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri District, in the southwestern part of Uganda. His home parish is Mary Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi, in the Diocese of Kabale. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary in Katigondo, Masaka, Uganda, and received a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi — Mass, the love of people bring joy for 25 years

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi

Father Deus came to the Diocese of Peoria on Dec. 10, 2013, to serve as a chaplain at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The medical center was purchased in 2018 and is now known as OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he is manager of the pastoral care department. Born in Kabale, […]

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Father Daniel J. Wilder — 9,125 memorable days during his 25 years of priesthood

Father Daniel J. Wilder

None of his classmates at Saranac Lake Central High School in Saranac Lake, New York, were surprised when Father Wilder went into the seminary after graduation. He had been an altar server right up until his senior year and was active on the youth council for the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York. But after two […]

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Father John Thieryoung — bringing Christ to others through 25 years of priesthood

Father John Thieryoung

Father Thieryoung said if someone hadn’t told him it was his 25th anniversary of ordination he wouldn’t have noticed. “It doesn’t seem like 25 years,” he said. He will celebrate with Mass at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, at St. Catherine Church in Aledo, where he is the pastor. A reception will follow. While […]

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Father Robert D. Spilman — from ‘Grandpa’ in seminary to marking 25 years a priest

Father Robert Spilman

Father Spilman had been out of school for 25 years when he began his studies for the priesthood. He called it an eye opening experience. “But you have a lot of good times, too,” he said, recalling with a laugh that the other seminarians called him “Grandpa.” His age and a career in banking gave […]

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