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Father James Kretz – silver jubilarian

A native of Pennsylvania, Father Kretz attended Temple Tech Institute in Philadelphia, where he earned an associate’s degree in computers and electronics. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Temple University. He received a master’s degree in philosophical theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Father Kretz’s first assignments were as parochial […]

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Father William Keebler – silver jubilarian

Father Keebler was born in Daytona Beach, Florida. He attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and studied for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, where he earned a master’s degree in theology and a master of divinity degree. His first assignment was as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception in Streator. He went […]

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Msgr. Philip Halfacre – silver jubilarian

Msgr. Halfacre was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and grew up in Hammond. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Indiana University and master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology, with an emphasis in moral theology, from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He also studied at the John Paul II Institute on […]

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Father Joseph Donton – silver jubilarian

Born in Florissant, Missouri, Father Donton attended Bergan High School in Peoria. He earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and youth ministry at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, Minnesota, and completed his studies for the priesthood with master’s degrees in divinity and moral theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His first […]

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Father Dwight Campbell – silver jubilarian

Born in Chicago, Father Campbell holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and received a law degree from the Loyola School of Law in 1982. After practicing law in central Illinois for four years as an assistant state’s attorney, he entered Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he earned master’s degrees in […]

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Msgr. Michael Bliss – silver jubilarian

Msgr. Bliss was born in Florissant, Missouri. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, and studied for the priesthood at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut, where he earned a master’s degree in Scripture and a master’s of divinity degree. After ordination he served as parochial vicar […]

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An impressive list: DCCW recognizes 45 volunteers from 28 parishes in diocese

The sun shines on the volunteers honored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Editor’s Note: Following is the list of the 45 volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 14. For a story on the luncheon, click here. ANNAWAN Sue Ann Wells, Sacred Heart: President of the Altar and Rosary Society and “a very caring, dependable, and […]

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List of reconciliation services around the Diocese of Peoria as Holy Week nears

A penitent receiving absolution in the sacrament of reconciliation is portrayed in this photo illustration. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The sacrament of reconciliation is being made available throughout the Diocese of Peoria during Lent, with most parishes adding times for individual confession for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This is especially true on Wednesdays as part of the “Light of Mercy” initiative started at the request of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. In addition, […]

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Full text of funeral Mass homily for Father Johnjoseph DePorres Logan

Father Logan

Editor’s note: Following is the full text of the homily from the Feb. 15, 2016 funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island for Father Johnjoseph DePorres “Jerry” Logan. The homilist was Father Michael Schaab. Click here for Father Logan’s obituary. — When Father Logan and I were stationed together, it sometimes occurred on Saturdays that […]

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