Sheen attributed everything to his consecration to Mary: Institute speaker

A ruling on the requested transfer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's remains to Peoria is expected in the coming weeks.

The Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was the focal point of Dr. Peter Howard’s keynote talk and a breakout session on Mary June 4 at the Diocesan Summer Institute at the Peoria Civic Center. The scholar called the El Paso native his hero and spiritual mentor. “He attributed all of his success to his consecration […]

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Funeral homily for Fr. Richard Crawford

At age 95, Father Richard Crawford was the Diocese of Peoria's oldest priest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the homily from the June 7 funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Streator for Father Richard Crawford. The homilist was Msgr. Philip Halfacre, vicar of the Ottawa Vicariate. Father Crawford died June 3, 2016, at the age of 95. His obituary is found here. Your Excellency, Monsignors and […]

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Clergy appointments – Diocese of Peoria

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has announced the following new assignments for priests in the Diocese of Peoria. SENIOR STATUS Msgr. Charles J. Beebe, P.A., from pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Roanoke, and St. John Parish, Benson, to senior status Father Donald R. Henderson, from parochial vicar, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sacred Heart Parish, and St. Bernard […]

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Fr. Henderson to senior status: Brought Christ to all in varied assignments

The news that Father Donald Henderson has been granted senior status will make Catholics in at least 20 parishes around the Diocese of Peoria fondly recall his time with them. “I’ve had many, many parish assignments,” acknowledged Father Henderson, 72, who also served on the faculties of Catholic high schools in Peoria and Danville during […]

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Msgr. Beebe to senior status: educator, pastor, and longtime guide of diaconate

ROANOKE — As a young boy growing up in Lacon, Msgr. Charles Beebe felt a calling to the priesthood. His father, Joseph, thought that would be a difficult path and suggested he consider becoming a dentist like his uncle on the East Coast. Though for a few years, when asked what he wanted to be, […]

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Msgr. Stuart Swetland – silver jubilarian

Msgr. Swetland is the president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kansas, and also serves as professor of Leadership and Christian Ethics there. Prior to that, he was vice president for Catholic Identity and Mission and held the Archbishop Flynn Chair of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Born in Pittsburgh, […]

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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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