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

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(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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Msgr. Ramer to senior status; listening has been key to his pastoral approach

Msgr. James Ramer stands outside Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mahomet, where he has served as pastor for seven years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAHOMET — As a pastor and throughout his 31 years of priestly life, Msgr. James Ramer has tried to be a good listener. “I like to listen to what people have to say,” he told The Catholic Post last week from his office at Our Lady of the Lake Parish here, “then try to make […]

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Official clergy appointments

The following clergy appointments for the Diocese of Peoria were announced in mid-May by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. See related stories here. SENIOR STATUS Msgr. James K. Ramer, from pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Mahomet, to senior status Father Patrick M. Riordan, from pastor, St. Jo­seph, Ivesdale, and St. Patrick, Tolono, to […]

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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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