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Distinguished Pastor: Father Zilimu sees Kewanee school as vital to parish

Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, pastor of Saint John Paul II Parish and Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee, stands by a depiction of Jesus outside a classroom at the school. He has been named Distinguished School Pastor of the Year for his work in bringing the children at Visitation closer to Jesus. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

KEWANEE — A longtime passion for mathematics has taught Father Johndamaseni Zilimu many things, including the winning equation for life. The only way things add up for him is to put his vocation to the priesthood and ministry to the people of God first and everything else second. He uses the same formula for guiding […]

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Street near St. Mary’s Cathedral to receive honorary title “Bishop Sheen Dr.”

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

A three-block section of N.E. Madison Avenue in Peoria from the Spalding Pastoral Center to St. Mary’s Cathedral will soon bear the honorary title of “Bishop Fulton Sheen Dr.” The public is invited to a brief ceremony in front of the cathedral, 607 N.E. Madison, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, during which the […]

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Distinguished Teacher: Kathy Mazander makes learning fun at St. Mary, Kickapoo

During at-home learning, Kathy Mazander of St. Mary's School in Kickapoo found a way to keep her students excited by wearing different hats and accessories. (Provided photo)

KICKAPOO — Rolling with day-to-day change is something Kathy Mazander is used to. As the teacher of a combined first and second grade classroom at St. Mary School here, keeping lots of little minds engaged at different levels requires fast thinking and an element of fun. At-home learning over the last year has added a […]

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Distinguished Principal: Jane Barrett feels ‘blessed’ to do what she loves at Seton

Taking temperatures and screening students for good health are now all in a day's work for Jane Barrett, principal of Seton Catholic School in Moline, as she greets the children each day. (Provided photo)

MOLINE — Jane Barrett always wanted to be a teacher. She remembers playing school with the neighborhood kids in the basement of her childhood home and even then her mother would say, “I swear you got that kid through first grade!” “I always loved kids,” she said. “It’s just something that I was very blessed […]

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Funeral homily: Three things that Archbishop Myers would say to us today

Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, PA, who was vicar general to Archbishop John J. Myers when he was bishop of Peoria, was the homilist for the Solemn Requiem Mass on Sept. 30. His memories offered a humorous and touching look at how Archbishop Myers loved his priests and the church. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given at the Sept. 30 Requiem Mass for Archbishop John J. Myers. The homilist was Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, rector emeritus of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and a longtime friend of the archbishop who served with him in the Diocese of Peoria, […]

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A remembrance of Archbishop Myers by longtime friend, novelist Gary Wolf

Novelist Gary Wolf, the author of “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?,” is pictured with his lifelong friend, Archbishop John J. Myers, in this 1993 Catholic Post file photo taken when the latter was Bishop of Peoria. Both are natives of Earlville and shared a love of science fiction. They would later co-author a science fiction novel, “Space Vulture.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following reflection was submitted for the special edition of The Catholic Post recalling the life and legacy of Archbishop John J. Myers, archbishop emeritus of Newark and former bishop of Peoria, who died on Sept. 24, 2020.   By Gary Wolf Archbishop John J. Myers was my best friend from forever, and I […]

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Danville chaplain grateful to now be a citizen of ‘the greatest nation on earth’

Standing outside the Chicago office for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi displays his certificate of naturalization on July 13. (Provided photo)

DANVILLE — As he studied for the civics test he would have to take to become a U.S. citizen, Father Deusdedit Byomuhangi found he had something in common with the colonists in his adopted country. “I like and appreciate that the colonists wanted and fought for the freedom and the liberty that exists and that […]

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Homily by Cardinal Blase Cupich from the episcopal ordination Mass of Bishop Tylka

Cardinal Blase Cupich addresses his homily remarks to Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka during the ordination Mass on July 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (For The Catholic Post/Daryl Wilson)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given by Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, at the July 23 Mass of Ordination for Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. While our good friend Bishop Jenky sadly could not be present today, I want to thank him and his […]

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Bishop Tylka’s remarks on the occasion of his episcopal ordination July 23, 2020

At the end of the Mass for his episcopal ordination, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka offered his thanks to his family, to Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago for being a mentor, and to the priests and people of the Diocese of Peoria for their warm welcome. He concluded his remarks with his motto, inviting people to join him to "Go Make Disciples." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As we conclude this beautiful liturgy of my ordination as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, I want to take a brief moment to try to express my heart to you. I am filled with great joy and tremendous gratitude today. The great joy comes from knowing that the Holy Spirit continues to work […]

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Text of Bishop-elect Tylka’s homily for Vespers on July 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral

Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka embraced his new diocese at Vespers on July 21 by donning the stole believed to have been worn by Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette the first time he preached the Gospel in what is now Illilnois. He also wore the pectoral cross that belonged to Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding, the first bishop of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given by Coadjutor Bishop-elect Louis Tylka during Vespers at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Tuesday, July 21. For a story on the evening service, click here. — My brother priests, both the few that are with us from the Archdiocese of Chicago, some of […]

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