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Father Pakula is granted senior status; his path followed God’s ‘crooked lines’

Father Michael Pakula poses near a statue of St. Malachy, the patron of the parish in Geneseo where he has served as pastor for 25 years. His 47 years of priestly service also included a long stint on the Diocesan Tribunal and seven years as a part-time hospital chaplain. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

GENESEO — When Father Michael Pakula moves to senior status on July 8 after nearly 47 years of priestly service, including the last 25 years as pastor of St. Malachy Parish here, he could write a book looking back on what he calls his “checkered life.” “But I’m not going to,” claims Father Pakula, 76. […]

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Father Heinz is granted senior status; grateful for the ‘privilege’ or priesthood

Father David Heinz is pictured outside St. Anthony Church in Bartonville. The Kickapoo native has guided the Bartonville faith community since 2002, and formerly served as pastor of St. Thomas, Philo; St. Mary, Westville; St. Bernard, Peoria, and Holy Trinity, Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BARTONVILLE — Father David Heinz has celebrated Mass on a bus crossing the Alps, on a riverboat table in the middle of the Nile, on a large rock in Minnesota, and in hotel rooms around the world. So the fact that his 43-year active priestly career is winding down with Father Heinz celebrating weekend Masses […]

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Msgr. Rohlfs is granted senior status: influenced priests of diocese and beyond

Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, P.A., addresses a Seminary Family Weekend at Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Marlyand. Msgr. Rohlfs, who spent 11 years as rector of the nation's largest Catholic seminary and also held many diocesan leadership roles, has been granted senior status. (Provided photo/Mount St. Mary's Seminary)

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — It’s safe to say that Msgr. Steven Rohlfs, P.A., has played some role in the life of every priest of the Diocese of Peoria for almost four decates. Whether as vocations director, vicar general, teacher, administrator, spiritual director, or as rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Msgr. Rohlfs’ influence has been […]

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Guest commentary: May God ‘heal our deeply broken view of each other’

People in Raeford, N.C., pray after viewing the body of George Floyd on June 6. (CNS/Jonathan Drake, Reuters)

By Lindsey Weishar “Finally, let each and every Catholic, regardless of their ethnicity, beg God to heal our deeply broken view of each other, as well as our deeply broken society.” – From the “Statement of U.S. Bishop Chairmen in Wake of Death of George Floyd and National Protests,” May 29, 2020 — As a […]

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Livestreaming continues for Masses, May Crownings, rosaries around the diocese

As public celebrations of the Mass continue to be suspended, many people are finding spiritual comfort and consolation in the Masses that are being livestreamed by parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A growing number of parishes around the Diocese of Peoria are livestreaming Masses on Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. The following list includes information made known to The Catholic Post or found by visiting the parishes on social media. This list will be updated weekly until public Masses can be celebrated again. If your parish is […]

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Good Friday prayer offers U.S. Catholics a ‘moment of unity’ amid the pandemic

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will lead Catholics in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart at 11 a.m. on Good Friday from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. (CNS/Stefano Dal Pozzolo)

By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) — When Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads U.S. Catholics in prayer on Good Friday, it will be “a special moment of unity” at a time when the nation’s churches are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Archbishop […]

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Galesburg woman’s effort to connect hearts embraced around world

Designed as a "social distance scavenger hunt," Heart Hunters has turned into a way for people to come together by sharing love and kindness, according to founder Krista Wynes of Galesburg. This is one of the photos shared by the group's 600,000 Facebook followers. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — As precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 caused people to shelter in place, Krista Wynes offered them a way to connect by sharing their hearts. They responded to her call for a “social distance scavenger hunt” by placing hearts on windows and doors, making her new Heart Hunters Facebook group a […]

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Jesus knows our longing for Him, and is still lovingly present in our uncertainty

The artwork is from "The Creation of Adam" by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums.

By Lindsey Weishar I discovered the news on Facebook two hours after it broke: all Masses canceled in our diocese. I was sitting in a friend’s kitchen, and we just looked at each other, mostly silent, trying to conjure up something to say besides, “This will be hard.” I was sipping tea from a heart-shaped […]

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Bishop Jenky suspends Mass obligation, educational programs over coronavirus

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, citing coronavirus precautions, suspended all public Masses in the Diocese of Peoria effective with the Vigil Masses of Saturday, March 14. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

BREAKING: Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has suspended for the time being the obligation for Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria to participate at Sunday Mass. In a directive just released on the coronavirus and pastoral care, the bishop also announced the suspension of all Catholic educational programs for the next week and the cancellation […]

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Local packs, troops will continue, remain strong during national ‘restructuring’

Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and American Heritage Girls of all ages and ranks participated in the flag procession at the beginning of the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 16, showing the impact Scouting has on the church and local communities. "I think it's the best program for kids," said Dr. Linda Atherton, who chairs the Diocese of Peoria's Catholic Committee on Scouting. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court on February 18, many people were surprised and wondered if their local packs and troops would continue — or should continue. The answer to both questions is yes, according to Dr. Linda Atherton of Champaign, who chairs the Diocese of Peoria’s Catholic […]

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