Archives

Respect Life Conference: End of life issues becoming more prevalent, complicated

Father Alfred Cioffi responds to a question from Loreto Xavier of Bloomington during his session on end-of-life issues at the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14. On a stand next to the speakers were relics of St. Catherine of Siena (left) and Pope St. John Paul II, patrons for the conference. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Saying everyone will face decisions about care at the end of life sooner or later — if not for themselves, then for someone they love — Father Alfred Cioffi started a conversation about some of those issues with participants at the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14. The beginning of life is known and occurs […]

Continue reading

Respect Life Conference: Include men when discussing abortion, healing

Father John Verrier laughs as his friend, keynote speaker Kevin Burke, begins his talk at the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 14 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. The co-founder of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, Burke is a pastoral associate of Priests for Life. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When it comes to abortion, women may have the procedure but that doesn’t mean men are exempt from the pain, said Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries for post-abortive women and a pastoral associate of Priests for Life. He said well-meaning people may ask, “Why is this important?” or “Why should we care?” “The […]

Continue reading

Respect Life Conference: Trafficking goes against everything God desires for us

Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services of the Diocese of Phoenix, addresses human trafficking in a talk Sept. 14 at the diocesan Respect Life Conference in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While many people wouldn’t include human trafficking on a list of respect life issues, it goes against everything that God desires for his people, according to Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, the last speaker of the day. “Everything that you have heard before — abortion, racism, sexism, absent fathers, the breakdown of relationships between men […]

Continue reading

Respect Life Conference: Addiction to internet porn is rampant, treatable

Sister Mary Angela Alexander, RSM, looks on as Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, answers a question about the neurobiology of addiction to internet pornography during a question-and-answer session at the Diocese of Peoria's Respect Life Conference on Sept.14. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Saying that she never intended, as a woman religious, to spend so much time looking at internet pornography, Sister Marysia Weber, RSM, noted that it is one of the most common addictions in the world. “I have been looking at this topic for 15 to 20 years and every single time I look it up, […]

Continue reading

Respect Life Conference: Ryan Bomberger urges youth, adults to be ‘factivists’

Speaking to the junior high and high school students during the schools session of the Respect Life Conference on Sept. 13, Ryan Bomberger engaged them in quizzes as he did some myth busting about what organizations that promote abortion are saying. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The first thing Ryan Bomberger did in his session with students from around the Diocese of Peoria on Sept. 13 was to have them stand, look at one another, and say, “I’m glad you’re alive.” Those words are very important for the man who was conceived in rape, but carried to term and placed for […]

Continue reading

‘The Real Presence’ — the 19th Festival Letter of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC

INTRODUCTORY LETTER: September 16, 2019 To the priests, deacons, seminarians, religious, teachers, catechists, sponsors, parish leaders, our Catholic movements and organizations, and all the faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria:  I am releasing my 2020 Festival Letter at this early date in the hope that it may at least in some ways assist a […]

Continue reading

Funeral Mass homily: Msgr. Hallin an extraordinary teacher, energetic pastor

Msgr. Albert Hallin stands in front of the small altar in his apartment at Inman Place in Champaign in this 2013 file photo. The former educator, pastor and holder of diocesan leadership positions died Aug. 26 at the age of 90. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Following is the homily from the Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Albert Hallin, P.A., a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who died on Aug. 26 at the age of 90. His obituary appeared in the Sept. 1 issue of The Catholic Post. The funeral was celebrated on Aug. 30 at […]

Continue reading

Vatican approves miracle attributed to intercession of Venerable Fulton Sheen

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured in an undated file photo. (CNS)

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Peoria issued the following press release on July 6, 2019. Most Rev. Daniel Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria announces with overwhelming joy that Pope Francis has formally approved the miracle that is attributed to the intercession of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. In 2010, in central Illinois, a newborn infant was […]

Continue reading

Funeral homily: Fr. Dick Bresnahan — wise counselor, extraordinary parish priest

Father Richard Bresnahan

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Post publishes excerpts, when available, from the homilies given at funeral Masses for priests of the Diocese of Peoria. Following is the homily from the July 8 funeral Mass at Christ the King Church in Moline for Father Richard Bresnahan. (See obituary here.) The homilist was Msgr. Doug Hennessy, and the […]

Continue reading
SPALDING PASTORAL CENTER | 419 NE MADISON AVENUE | PEORIA, IL 61603 | PHONE (309) 671-1550 | FAX (309) 671-1595
© Copyright 2020 - The Catholic Post || 2 || All Rights Reserved || Design by TBare.com