Meet caring, joyful Msgr. Brian Brownsey: Distinguished School Pastor of the Year

While he doesn't get into the classroom as often as he'd like, Msgr. Brian Brownsey tries to get over to St. Mark School in Peoria a couple times during the week, even if it's just to walk through the cafeteria or see students on the playground. "When I go to school and see my kids, I get new life," he said. (Provided photo)

He might have been named the Distinguished School Pastor of the Year, but Msgr. Brian K. Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark Parish and School in Peoria, prefers to expand the spotlight. “I just did what everybody else does,” he said simply. “Our principal, Noreen Dillon, is top-notch. If there’s anything good at St. Mark’s, it’s […]

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Increased seasonal flu activity leads hospitals to request limits on visitors

Increased seasonal flu activity has prompted area medical centers to ask the public to voluntarily limit hospital visits. (CNS file/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Increased flu activity has resulted in many hospitals in Central Illinois, including those in the OSF HealthCare System, to ask the public to voluntarily limit visits as a precautionary measure to protect patients, visitors, and staff from spreading the flu and other upper respiratory illnesses. News releases from OSF HealthCare in early January cited guidelines […]

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‘Fear of the Lord’ — 17th Festival Letter of the Most Rev. Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.

AN INTRODUCTION: To the Clergy, Religious, and Faithful of the Diocese of Peoria: My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: “Fear of the Lord” may seem to be a somewhat unusual topic for a “Festival Letter,” but I have my reasons. It seems to me that reverence and awe before Almighty God is necessary for […]

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

Mosaic tiles depicting the Immaculate Conception and various saints are seen in the Trinity Dome at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated Dec. 8. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just last year, Catholics were required to attend separate Masses two days in a row for the Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass. Now, they have a similar opportunity this year with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception falling on a Saturday — Dec. 8. The vigil Mass on Saturday evening is […]

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Assistant principals move up at three schools after mentorship experiences

Another way new principals have been given an opportunity to grow professionally is to serve as assistant principals for a year or more, in some cases while they complete their master’s degree in educational administration. “Mentorship is critically important for any new principal, public or private,” said Jerry Sanderson, associate superintendent of schools for the […]

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Totus Tuus comes one month after Princeton teens witnessed tragedy

The teens at St. Louis Church in Princeton gather for night prayer as their Totus Tuus session comes to an end July 19. That experience of prayer is an important component of the program, according to seminarian Jack Swoik (standing against the wall). (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PRINCETON — Totus Tuus couldn’t have come at a better time for members of the youth group at St. Louis Church. Returning home from the Steubenville Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, members of the youth group witnessed a fatal car accident on Interstate 80, just outside of South Bend, Indiana. The accident was […]

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Support sought for new, larger chapel at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph, Bloomington

An artist's rendering of a new chapel planned for OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. (Provided photo)

BLOOMINGTON — As OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center marks 50 years at its current location, plans are being finalized for a new, larger, and more prominent chapel to serve the spiritual needs of patients, families, and hospital staff. A proposed $1.5 million expansion and renovation project would result in a 3,000-square-foot chapel between the […]

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