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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Funeral homily: Father Dale Maloy — a great, dedicated, kind and holy priest

Father Dale Maloy

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 June 22 funeral Mass at Holy Cross Church in Mendota for Father Dale Maloy. The homilist was Father Gary Blake, pastor of Holy Family Parish in […]

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Msgr. Deptula: ‘Fulton Sheen is my friend, brother priest, hero, mentor, challenger’

Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, holds a volume of the "positio," the official position paper for the sainthood cause of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, in Rome on May 24, 2011. The "positio" was presented by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to Pope Benedict XVI during the pontiff's general audience at the Vatican. (CNS/Paul Haring)

CHAMPAIGN — Not only has Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen come home to Peoria, but he now rests in the place that formed him spiritually and sent him out to evangelize the world, said Msgr. Stanley Deptula, executive director of the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation. “I don’t think we can underestimate what that church, […]

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Remains of Venerable Archbishop Sheen transferred; beatification cause resumes

The Diocese of Peoria has announced that, early this morning (June 27), the mortal remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen were disinterred from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and are being transferred to St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Special weekend hours have been established at St. Mary's for the public to visit the new tomb of Archbishop Sheen. (Sheen image from the cover of his book, "Your Life is Worth Living: the Christian Philosophy of Life.")

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following press release was issued this morning (June 27, 2019) by the Diocese of Peoria. Most Rev. Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, is happy to announce that the remains of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen have been transferred from St. Patrick Cathedral, New York, to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, […]

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Text of the homily at the funeral Mass at St. Anne, East Moline, for Fr. Bruce Lopez

Father Bruce D. Lopez

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Post publishes excerpts from the homilies given at funeral Masses for priests of the Diocese of Peoria when they are available. Following is the homily from the June 13 funeral Mass at St. Anne Church in East Moline for Father Bruce Lopez. (See obituary here.) The homilist was Father Joel Phelps, […]

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