The 15 stops along the way

"The overwhelming support we had from each and every place we went, the joy that each place had and the excitement that they maintained really invigorated me and gave me an incredible hope for our diocese," said Father Adam Cesarek, seen with the trio at St. Mark School in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Father Michael Pica, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Tom Otto scheduled 15 stops as they rode their bicycles across the Diocese of Peoria to raise prayers for and awareness of vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life and good, holy marriages, “from which all vocations come.” At the schools they shared their vocation stories, told the […]

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Four other clergy joined trio of ‘pedaling priests’ for parts of 340-mile ride

Father David Sabel, right, rode with the pedaling priests for 22 miles on their way into Pontiac. He poses with them prior to a parade in Pontiac with Catholic school students from St. Mary, Pontiac, and St. Paul, Odell. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PONTIAC — Students from St. Mary School in Pontiac and St. Paul School in Odell had an extra reason to cheer when the “Priests Pedaling for Prayers” rode into the parking lot of County Market here on April 26. With Father Adam Cesarek, their parochial vicar, and his companions, Father Michael Pica and Father Tom […]

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‘Why we’re doing this’ — Father Pica explains ‘Priests Pedaling for Prayers’ ride

While they avoided stormy weather for much of their journey, the pedaling priests encountered rain as they rode the last four miles to the Indiana state line. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is an excerpt from the homily given by Father Michael Pica at Holy Cross Church in Champaign on Friday, April 28, the final day of “Priests Pedaling for Prayers.” In it, he explained to the students of Holy Cross School why he was riding across the Diocese of Peoria with Father Adam […]

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Fr. Oman held out faithfully to the end

Father Francis Oman, IC

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the homily from the funeral Mass for Father Francis Mary Oman, IC. (See obituary.) The homilist was Father William Miller, pastor of Corpus Christi and St. Patrick parishes in Galesburg and Sacred Heart Parish, Abingdon. “If we hold out to the end we shall also reign with Jesus Christ.” These words […]

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List of Stations of the Cross devotions around Diocese of Peoria during Lent

This depiction of Jesus falling for the first time is from the Stations of the Cross at St. Mary Church in Bloomington.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a list of Stations of the Cross devotions made known to The Catholic Post by parishes around the diocese. To add to this list, send an email with “Stations” in the subject line to Click here for a round-up of Lenten opportunities in the diocese, including Bishop Jenky’s Lenten message and a […]

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As Academy Awards night nears, CNS reviewer picks 10 best movies of 2016

Hidden Figures, Hacksaw Ridge, and Arrival are among the 10 best movies of the year as selected by the Media Review Office of Catholic News Service.

By John Mulderig, Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — The quality of the best Hollywood films was higher in 2016 than in some recent years. But the outstanding movies of the 12 months just past tended to deal with challenging subject matter. Assassination, the exactions of combat, even religious repression enforced through torture were […]

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20 artists plus speaker, performers at sacred art show in Rock Island Feb. 18-19

ROCK ISLAND — The Sixth Annual Art of Faith sacred art show and sale is ready to receive visitors this Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, in Farrell Hall at St. Pius X Church, 2901 24th St. The theme is “Contemplating the Holy Face of God.” The artwork that will be shown from 2 […]

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