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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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Fr. Harold Schmitt gives God the credit as he celebrates 60 years of priesthood

Father Harold Schmitt

HENRY — As the chaplain to the Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Joseph’s Home in Lacon, Father Schmitt would often walk the short distance from Immaculate Conception Church to the motherhouse, praying the rosary as he went. “Don’t forget me!” people would say as they drove by. Retired now, people still greet him […]

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Much has changed, but service constant in Fr. Robert Schladen’s 60 years as priest

Father Robert Schladen

CUBA — As he prepares to mark six decades of priestly service, Father Schladen puts things in perspective, starting with his first assignment to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria: There were four priests at the cathedral. All diocesan offices were headed by clergy. In the cathedral basement were located the bishop’s office, the bishop’s secretary’s […]

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From funeral director to the priesthood: Fr. Dennis O’Riley marking 60th jubilee

Father Dennis O'Riley

DANVILLE — The idea of priesthood came in about the second grade for Father O’Riley. Born in Chicago and raised in Danville, he remembers being an altar server, helping out around St. Patrick Parish as needed, and having Father Raymond Lassuy, parochial vicar and Scoutmaster, visiting the O’Riley house on a regular basis. He also laughs […]

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What the heart sees — a local Maryknoll Lay Missioner reflects on immigration

Honduran migrant Luis Acosta carries 5-year-old Angel Jesus through the Suchiate River near Tapachula, Mexico, Oct. 29, 2018. During her years in Africa as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Dr. Susan Nagele of Urbana witnessed the misery and destitution of people on the move, (CNS/Adrees Latif, Reuters)

By Dr. Susan Nagele EDITOR’S NOTE:  Dr. Nagele is a member of St. Patrick Parish in Urbana and a Maryknoll Lay Missioner who served for more than three decades in East Africa. In the following column, she connects her experiences with immigration problems currently being experienced on the U.S. border with Mexico. Dark eyes squinted […]

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Meet the women honored for service at the 2019 PDCCW Appreciation Luncheon

Maribeth Vandersnick of St. Anthony in Atkinson accepts her certificate of appreciation from Msgr. Dale Wellman at the annual Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 26. She was among 38 women honored. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Following are names and brief biographies of 37 women from around the Diocese of Peoria honored for their service at the 2019 Appreciation Luncheon hosted in Peoria on April 26 by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. See related story here. ANNAWAN: Nancy Clementz, Sacred Heart: Circle chairman for many years, helps to raise […]

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Small group of volunteers makes certain oils are ready for priests at Chrism Mass

Sister Salve Tusing, FAS, (left) and Sister Merlinda Marco, FAS, hold just a few of the 230 sets of holy oils that were distributed to the priests after the Chrism Mass. These oils will be used in sacramental anointing at parishes around the Diocese of Peoria this year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Each year as the Chrism Mass ends, the priests of the Diocese of Peoria receive sets of the newly blessed oils to use in sacramental anointing in their parishes over the next year. What many people don’t know is that those oils are bottled, labeled and placed in individual bags by a small group of […]

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