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Fr. Schmitt credits Mary for making his vocation to the priesthood apparent

Father Bowan Schmitt presides over the Graduation Mass for Schlarman Academy on May 22. He serves as chaplain of the Danville school. (Screen grab)

DANVILLE — Father Bowan Schmitt said having a Marian devotion is essential for Christ’s followers and he credits Mary for making him aware of his vocation to the priesthood. “Our Blessed Mother helps us to draw close to Jesus, and she assists us in our efforts to follow His will,” he said. “Our Lady’s prayers […]

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For Fr. Whiteside, joy comes from witnessing hearts, lives touched by God

Father David Whiteside said leading pilgrimages has been a big part of his priesthood. Here he is ona pilgrimate to Israel in 2012. (Provided photo)

HAVANA — Growing up in a Catholic home and attending St. Philomena School in Peoria, Father David Whiteside said he thought about priesthood occasionally. But when he attended Emmaus Days for the first time, “the Lord revealed himself to me most powerfully.” “I could feel the love of God and the presence of God so […]

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Fr. Nelson: Goal must be helping others grow in faith, encounter the Lord

Father Greg Nelson, pastor of St. Mary Parish and School in Bloomington, shows that school lunches can be fun with the right companion. Provided photo

BLOOMINGTON — Father Greg Nelson was interested in many types of work, but realized he was only going to be happy if he served God as a priest. The son of Carl E. and Cheryl G. Nelson, he was born in Peoria on Oct. 25, 1967. Father Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from […]

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Ministry to elderly, dying provides memorable moments for Fr. LoPresti

Father Carl LoPresti poses with octogenarian Maria Palafox, now deceased, who touched his soul with her love and joy of life. He called her "Mamasita di mi corazon" or "little sweet mother of my heart." (Provided photo)

FAIRBURY — Observing the power and effect of the sacraments has been the biggest influence on Father Carl LoPresti, especially those he administered to the elderly, sick and dying over the course of his priesthood. “These privileged experiences are also among my most memorable, and grateful moments,” he said. Father LoPresti was born in Indiana, […]

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Fr. Haake seeks to offer ‘meaningful fatherhood’ through his priesthood

Father Chris Gerard Haake leads a eucharistic procession around St. Patrick Church in Dwight. One of the greatest lessons he has learned over the last 25 years is to be faithful to daily prayer and eucharistic adoration. (Provided photo)

DWIGHT — Father Chris Gerard Haake started thinking about the priesthood when he was 6. His pastor at St. John the Apostle in Woodhull, Father Arnold Klauer, was a friend of the family and planted a seed from which his vocation would grow over time. The son of James and Bernice Haake, Father Haake was […]

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Join Bishop Tylka on a vocation-themed pilgrimage to France Jan. 22-31, 2023

The Basilica of Ars -- which houses the tomb of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests -- is among the sites to be visited during a 10-day pilgrimage to France being planned in early 2023 by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations and led by Bishop Louis Tylka.

Bishop Louis Tylka and leaders of the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations will be spiritual directors for a 10-day pilgrimage to France being planned for Jan. 22-31, 2023. Joining Bishop Tylka in guiding the pilgrimage will be Father Patrick Henehan, diocesan vocations director of formation, and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, vocations director of recruitment. Organizers emphasize […]

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Clergy appointments effective June 15

Bishop Tylka's coat of arms.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full list of clergy appointments made by Bishop Louis Tylka. All are effective at noon on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. For a story on the assignments, click here. — TO SENIOR STATUS Father Thomas Taylor, from parochial vicar, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Peoria, to senior status Father Vien Van […]

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Scenes from the Passion account move from conflict to consolation — and hope

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word / By Father R. Michael Schaab Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion / April 10 (At the procession with palms) Luke 19:28-40 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14 — 23:56 This Sunday’s passage from Luke’s Gospel records the last two days of the earthly life of Jesus. The account of […]

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All invited to join pope in consecration of Russia, Ukraine to Mary on March 25

A statue of Mary is seen at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Pope Francis has invited the bishops of the world to join him in consecrating and entrusting all of humanity, and "especially Russia and Ukraine," to Mary on Friday, March 25. (CNS/Reuters)

Catholics around the world and throughout the Diocese of Peoria are invited to join Pope Francis in consecrating themselves, the church, and all humanity, “especially Russia and Ukraine,” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. The Act of Consecration prayer may be found and […]

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A retrospective: 20 years of diocesan leadership by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, receives applause as he is seated for the first time in the Bishop's Chair at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria during his Mass of Installation on April 10, 2002. (For The Catholic Post/Patrick Murphy-Racey)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following retrospective was published in a special issue of The Catholic Post dated Feb. 13, 2022. The full edition may be viewed here: — As we begin our look back at some of the highlights of Bishop Jenky’s two decades of leadership in the Diocese of Peoria, we acknowledge that this review […]

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