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Transcript of the homily at the funeral Mass for Fr. James Henning, OFM Conv.

Father James Henning, OFM Conv.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full transcript from the homily given Jan. 6 at the funeral Mass for Father James Henning, OFM Conv. The Mass was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Clinton and has been archived for viewing here. The homilist was Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv. — My dear friends […]

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‘Seeing the Face of God’ — a Christmas message from Bishop Louis Tylka

The Nativity of Our Lord is depicted in this section of a larger stained glass window from the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at the Diocese of Peoria's new Sacre-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. It is one of nine windows from Germany that formerly adorned Sacred Chruch in Rutland and have now found a new home in the retreat center's main chapel. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Once again, we find ourselves prepared to welcome Christ in the celebration of Christmas. We have decorated our tree, wrapped the presents, and prepared our homes and meals. But more importantly, we have spiritually readied ourselves to welcome the truth of this holiday — our Savior has been born! Each time we delve into the […]

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Bishop Tylka fields a wide range of questions from Emmaus Days participants

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka fields questions from Emmaus Days Session IV participants at Peoria Notre Dame High School. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

God-willing, there were future priests in Sessions III and IV of Emmaus Days in July. But during their respective question-and-answer sessions with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in Peoria Notre Dame’s Livingston Auditorium, they sure sounded like future journalists. Participants peppered Bishop Tylka with about 25 questions in each 40-minute session. They ranged from the basic […]

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Funeral homily: Fr. Mai-Chi-Thanh knew the joy in this life was but a foretaste

Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a transcript of the homily given by Father Joel Phelps at the July 29 funeral Mass at St. Matthew Church in Champaign for Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh, pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish in Pesotum. Father Mai-Chi-Thanh, 92, died in Champaign on July 25. His obituary is found here.  — It’s a […]

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Funeral homily: Father Tom Henseler was formed by, and then made, history

Father J. Thomas Henseler

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the text of the homily given at the Mass of Christian Burial on July 19 for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and a pioneer leader in the diocese’s Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs. The Mass was celebrated by Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at St. […]

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Pandemic didn’t stop the service or the mission of the Christ Child Society

Carol Romanowski (center), the new president of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois, is flanked by the members who were recognized for their service to the organization during the annual meeting on May 19. They include (from left) Pam Tomlianovich; Elaine Mills; Therese Peck, immediate past president; and Ingrid Ruscheinski. Not present was Pat Grove. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While the pandemic made it more difficult to meet in person, it didn’t stop the members of the Christ Child Society of Central Illinois from helping families in need who chose life for their child. “Our members kept making quilts at home and sewing and knitting and crocheting, so we have lots of hats. One […]

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Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, marking 25 years since priesthood ordination

Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA

MOLINE — A missionary priest of the Society of African Missions, Father Matthew Abu B. Cole, SMA, came to the Diocese of Peoria in 2017 to serve as the parochial vicar of Sacred Heart Parish here. Father Matthew was born in Liberia, West Africa, and claims the Archdiocese of Monrovia as his home diocese. He […]

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Father Martin Mwongyera — 25 years of ‘extraordinary actions’ of priesthood

Father Martin Mwongyera

Father Martin was born and raised in Nyakishenyi, Rukungiri District, in the southwestern part of Uganda. His home parish is Mary Mother of the Church, Nyakishenyi, in the Diocese of Kabale. He began his studies for the priesthood at St. Thomas Aquinas National Major Seminary in Katigondo, Masaka, Uganda, and received a bachelor’s degree in […]

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Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi — Mass, the love of people bring joy for 25 years

Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi

Father Deus came to the Diocese of Peoria on Dec. 10, 2013, to serve as a chaplain at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The medical center was purchased in 2018 and is now known as OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he is manager of the pastoral care department. Born in Kabale, […]

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