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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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Peoria Diocese announces court ruling on Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Catholic Diocese of Peoria issued the following news release on Sunday, June 9, 2019. See related story here: — On June 7, 2019, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, rejected the final appeal of the Archdiocese of New York seeking to overturn earlier court decisions granting permission for […]

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Father Paul Meismer was where the Lord wanted him on his birthday 50 years ago

Father Paul Meismer

Bishop Franz could not have ordained Father Meismer on a better day — it was his 26th birthday. He credits his “sainted mother” Mary C. Meismer for positioning him at St. Bede Academy in Peru, where he studied for four years and went on to St. Bede Junior College for two years. He took philosophy […]

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Father Edward Harkrader heard God’s call in the silence after war injury

Father Edward W. Harkrader

He has served in just four parishes over 50 years, but Father Harkrader stayed long enough in each place to make an impression, as the parishioners certainly did on him. That’s the reason he stayed in Princeton after being granted senior status in 2001, rather than returning to his hometown of Peoria. “The people I […]

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Father R. E. Enderlin: Priesthood ‘a good life’ as he shared peoples’ challenges

Father R. E. Enderlin

LACON — Born in Monmouth on June 23, 1939, Father Enderlin earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and completed his studies for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Conception, Missouri. His first assignments after ordination were as parochial vicar at St. Monica in East Peoria and St. […]

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St. Bede takes third in state 1A softball; Alleman finishes fourth in 2A baseball

St. Bede pitcher Abbie May tossed a shutout in the Class 1A state softball third place game on June 1 in East Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Bede Academy of Peru captured third place in the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state softball tournament with a 2-0 win over Hardin Calhoun on June 1 Saturday at EastSide Centre in East Peoria. The third place finish is the highest ever for a girls team at St. Bede. And the Lady Bruins […]

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