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Relic’s two stops in Bloomington-Normal included a rosary walk and a Mass

Amy Snell, a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Monmouth, contemplates the relic of St. John Paul II as it rests in the St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel at the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal Aug. 18. The traveling relic has been entrusted to the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, who minister at the Newman Center. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — As he did in life, St. John Paul II continued to inspire people to pray and draw closer to Jesus when a first class relic, a vial of his blood encased in a Book of the Gospels, was brought to the Bloomington-Normal area on Aug. 18. At the Newman Center that bears his […]

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Karley Bates joins staff of diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Karley Bates

Karley Bates, a native of Galesburg and now a member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria, has joined the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation as programs coordinator. “We’re excited to have Karley on board,” said Shirley Plaag, director. “She’s extremely enthusiastic about working here.” Bates, a product of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg […]

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Cecilia Soñé has busy months ahead as diocese’s new director of Respect Life

Cecilia Soñé

The answer to what St. John Paul II and others have called the “culture of death” can be found in the Diocese of Peoria, according to the new Director of Respect Life. “We have a response here and we have the providers — health care, psychological, and spiritual,” said Cecilia Soñé. “It’s just a matter […]

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Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, appointed director of diocese’s Hispanic ministry

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM

Asked what non-Spanish speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria should know about the region’s growing Hispanic population, Sister Isabel Romero, SCJTM, had a ready reply: “We are more than what you think we are,” said the diocese’s new Director of Hispanic Ministry, pointing to a recent census that puts the figure at 50,000 — […]

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Shirley Plaag named director of Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Shirley Plaag

In today’s fast-paced, changing culture, the best method of leading souls to heaven remains the one demonstrated by Jesus 2,000 years ago. “The beauty of it is we don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” said Shirley Plaag, the Diocese of Peoria’s new Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation. Jesus made disciples, said Plaag, by proclaiming […]

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“Wish Upon” (Broad Green)

Joey King and Mitchell Slaggert star in a scene from the movie "Wish Upon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Broad Green Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Low-budget Faustian fable has a teen girl (Joey King) coming into ownership of a Chinese “wish box” that can grant her seven wishes, enabling all her dreams of wealth and popularity to come true — but at the price of grisly deaths for all the friends and relatives she holds dear. […]

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Litany of the Good Shepherd

(CNS file/Gregory A. Shemitz)

(John 10:16) I have other sheep that are not of this fold. These also I must lead. They will hear my voice. There will be. . . One Flock, One Shepherd. Leader: Let us pray for the return of friends, family, and others who have fallen away from our Catholic faith.   Litany of the […]

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Deadline July 19 for online survey seeking feedback on diocesan capital campaign

The Diocese of Peoria continues to gather feedback about a potential capital campaign, but those wishing to review the plans being considered and make their voices heard via an online survey are asked to do so by a deadline of Wednesday, July 19. “I think people will find this task a valuable use of their […]

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Fr. Brokaw tells the story of his chalice that was blessed at ordination vigil

During a vigil service on May 26, the eve of Father Lee Brokaw's ordination to the priesthood, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, consecrates the chalice the new priest will use at his Masses. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While he completed his studies for the priesthood at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, Father Lee Brokaw served as a deacon at St. Benedict Parish in Baltimore. Not only did he gain experience he needed for his priestly ministry there, but he found the chalice and paten to use at the Masses that […]

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Father Riordan to senior status; former teacher brought that skill to parishes

Father Patrick Riordan is pictured outside St. Patrick Church in Tolono. Since 2013, he has also served as pastor of St. Joseph, Ivesdale. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

TOLONO — A casual retracing of Father Patrick Riordan’s career path would indicate he began as a teacher and then took a new road into seminary and the priesthood. A conversation with the Streator native, who at age 70 is being granted senior status effective June 14, clarifies it was a case of paths merging. […]

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