Homily: Father Harold Datzman has taken his place ‘among the heroes of the faith’

Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given by Abbot Michael Calhoun, OSB, at the funeral Mass for Father Harold Datzman, OSB, who died June 24, 2023. — On behalf of all at St. Bede I want to extend our condolences to Father Harold’s family, especially his sisters who are here with […]

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Sister Wilhelmina’s intact remains raising ‘important questions’

Sister Mary Wilhelmina Lancaster, foundress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, is pictured in a Sept. 26, 2019, photo. (OSV News photo/Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles)

By OSV News GOWER, Mo. (OSV News) — Mother Abbess Cecilia Snell puts the number of pilgrims who in the past six weeks have flocked to her Benedictine abbey in rural Missouri at between 10,000 and 15,000. It’s a conservative estimate, she said, of the droves of people who, at times, have waited hours in […]

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Parents reflect on the journeys taken by newly ordained sons, ministry ahead

In a special moment for them both, Father Ignacio Cárdenas Morán gives Communion to his mother, Silvia Morán Moya, who traveled from Mexico to be at her son's ordination on May 27 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas Moore The various parental reactions to the ordination of their sons were like the different notes that make up a musical chord — retaining their individuality, yet in perfect harmonic agreement. Speaking through an interpreter, Father Ignacio Cárdenas Morán’s mother, Silvia Morán Moya, said the ordination was a “beautiful moment for my […]

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‘Zealous’ men begin priestly ministry

Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Deacon Patrick Wille, Deacon Daniel Dionesotes and Deacon Nathan Hopper receive a round of applause after being presented by Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocation director of formation, and chosen for the Order of the Priesthood by Bishop Louis Tylka. The four were ordained on May 27 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The Diocese of Peoria had four reasons to celebrate on May 27, as Bishop Louis Tylka ordained Father Ignacio Cárdenas Morán, Father Daniel Dionesotes, Father Nathan Hopper and Father Patrick Wille for priestly service. Not only was it the first time he ordained priests as the Bishop of Peoria, but it was the largest class […]

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Deacon Cárdenas Morán wants ‘to be there’ for people, extend God’s mercy

Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán receives the blessing of Bishop Louis Tylka before proclaiming the Gospel in Spanish at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post Deacon Ignacio Cárdenas Morán likes friendship — and coffee. “When I have time with friends, I’m always like: ‘Can we have a coffee?’ Talk and drinking coffee is something ‘very Ignacio,’” he said, laughing. On the other end of the adrenaline spectrum, he also likes to fish. […]

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Deacon Dionesotes found path to priesthood led through a garden

Deacon Daniel Dionesotes presents the oil for the Sacred Chrism at the Chrism Mass this year at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. He will be anointed with the oil at his ordination May 27. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

By Paul Thomas Moore l The Catholic Post It was a tipping point in Deacon Daniel Dionesotes’ decision to become a priest and happened a decade ago as he took in the beautiful garden surrounding St. Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where we was enrolled in business studies. It suddenly dawned […]

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Deacon Hopper: Profound encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist planted seeds

Deacon Nathan Hopper assists Bishop Louis Tylka at the altar after being ordained a transitional deacon last May. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Deacon Nathan Hopper had started to think he was growing out of the faith during his sophomore year in high school when Jesus made it clear he had other plans for the young man. He went on a retreat with the LifeTeen group at his home parish, Epiphany in Normal, and on the first night […]

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Deacon Wille: The Lord has prepared me for this from the very beginning

While visiting his alma mater, St. Philomena School in Peoria, this week, Deacon Patrick Wille got involved in a number of activities at a school assembly. Among them was seeing how fast the students could get ready for Mass, including putting on vestments and setting the altar. Here, second-grader Aidan Williams demonstrates his best prayer posture for Deacon Wille. (Provided photo)

Deacon Patrick Wille said he felt like the Lord was preparing him for the priesthood from the very beginning of life. It just took him some time to realize it. “When my mom was pregnant with me, she brought me to the adoration chapel at St. Philomena,” his home parish in Peoria, he said. “As […]

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Local artist goes with flow of Holy Spirit

Taryn Watkins presents her painting of the Holy Spirit to the man who commissioned it, Bishop Louis Tylka. (Provided photo)

There is so much to learn about the Holy Spirit just by gazing at Taryn Watkins’ new painting of the third person of the Holy Trinity. You can’t help but do that since it hangs above the tabernacle in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. “I’m always excited […]

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