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Meet the six latest priests from Africa to assist parishes in the Diocese of Peoria

In recent months, the Diocese of Peoria welcomed six more priests from Africa to assist at parishes. They and their nations of origin are, left from top, Father Odilon Kofi Amenyaglo, SMA (Togo), Father Narcisio Bagumisiriza (Uganda), and Father Dagobert Kabendera (Tanzania); right from top, Father Fulgens Rutatekururwa (Tanzania), Father Remigius Bukuru Ntahondi (Tanzania), and Father John Twinomujuni (Uganda/Rwanda).

Six priests from various nations in Africa began service in parishes of the Diocese of Peoria in recent months. Most learned about our diocese through priest friends in their home dioceses or religious communities already serving here. All are grateful for the welcome they have received. “My first months spent in America have been full […]

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Six more priests from Africa being welcomed to Diocese of Peoria, assigned

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has welcomed six priests from various locations in Africa to serve in the Diocese of Peoria. The six, whose assignments appear below and who will be profiled in a future issue of The Catholic Post, join about a dozen priests from Africa already serving in parishes and medical centers within […]

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Back in Urbana, Maryknoll Lay Missioner Dr. Susan Nagele shares gratitude, stories

Dr. Susan Nagele, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner from St. Patrick Parish in Urbana, is pictured in South Sudan last March with Regina Lotyam, a catechist. South Sudan is one of three nations in which Nagele served during 33 years of medical service in Africa. (Provided photo)

URBANA — Dr. Susan Nagele, who witnessed both miracles and misery during a remarkable 33-year career as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner serving in East Africa, is thankful. “I am one of the most fortunate people in the world,” said Nagele, 63, in closing a recent talk to a women’s group at her home parish of […]

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Proposed school would build hope in Uganda, says Father Julius Turyatoranwa

Father Julius Turyatoranwa is pictured outside St. Patrick School in Washington. The priest, who has served in the Diocese of Peoria since 2007, hopes to form a sister-school relationship between the Illinois school and the proposed St. Patrick Boarding Primary School in his homeland of Uganda. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHINGTON — In the United States, a good education offers an advantage when students look at starting a career with a decent salary and benefits. In Uganda, it means so much more, however. In the east-central African nation, it can help to break the generational cycle of poverty, according to Father Julius Turyatoranwa, parochial vicar […]

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