In 125th year, Catholic Women’s League called ‘an example to the entire diocese’

Representing the organizations benefiting from grants given by the Catholic Women's League are seated, from left, Susie Cicciarelli, Peoria Notre Dame High School; Pamela Perrilles, CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit; Therese Peck, Christ Child Society of Central Illinois; Nora Kinney, Missionaries of Charity; Carol Sleeth, Common Place; and Christine Dennis, Women's Care Center; and standing from left, Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF; Paul Barker, St. Augustine Manor; Tim Wiley, St. Joseph's Home of Lacon; Claire Crone, Sophia's Kitchen; Sandra Dudley, Renaissance Stand; Lynn VanDyke, Phoenix Community Development Services; and Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of the Catholic Women’s League celebrated their 125th anniversary by doing what they do best — helping others. At its annual Allocation Luncheon, the league gave $17,000 in grants to 14 organizations that serve people who would benefit from tuition assistance, are homeless and hungry, newborn or elderly, and those living with special circumstances […]

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Catholic Women’s League marking 125 years of spreading charity, serving Christ

Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, an archivist for the Diocese of Peoria, and Gail Kruse (right), secretary for the Catholic Women's League, accept CWL files that had been stored at Bradley University from Linda Aylward, special collections assistant. The Peoria Historical Society had taken the materials in 1996 and stored them as part of Bradley's collection. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Tracing the history of the Catholic Women’s League is like getting a glimpse of the last 125 years in central Illinois — and the United States. It started with a small group of women who came together on Feb. 20, 1894, “to sew and see what could be done for those who needed help in […]

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Mass with Bishop Jenky on Jan. 25 among Respect Life activities planned in January

A group from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal sings as they process up Dearborn Avenue with thousands of other participants in last year's March for Life Chicago. The Diocese of Peoria is sponsoring a bus to this year's event on Jan. 13. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

Respect life advocates from around the Diocese of Peoria are planning to pray together and march locally, regionally and nationally as the 46th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy approach. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is inviting all clergy, religious and faithful to join him at St. […]

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More than 100 anniversary couples renew vows, share stories at diocesan Mass

Joe and Mary Kamp of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills embrace after renewing their marriage vows at the Diocese of Peoria's Anniversary Mass on Sept. 30 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The Kamps will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 12. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Ron and Doris Hart of Epiphany Parish in Normal had looked forward to the Anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria all year. And the experience of attending the Sept. 30 celebration for couples marking 50th and 25th wedding anniversaries in 2018 didn’t disappoint. “It was fabulous,” said Doris of the Mass celebrated by […]

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St. Patrick Parish, Dwight, to celebrate 150th anniversary with August events

The present St. Patrick Church in Dwight, built in 1970, will be the site of an anniversary Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. (The Catholic Post file photo/Tom Dermody)

DWIGHT — St. Patrick Parish here will celebrate 150 years of faith with a series of events in early August, highlighted by an anniversary Mass to be offered by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. The festivities begin on Thursday, Aug. 9 — the date that Father Laurence Dunne […]

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Bloomington pair, deaf since childhood, celebrate 50 years of marriage, family

Judith Meisenbach signs “I do” as she and her husband of 50 years, George, renew their marriage vows at the Diocese of Peoria’s Anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 24. Both Judith and George, members of St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, have been deaf since childhood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

When nearly 100 golden and silver anniversary couples renewed their marriage vows at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 24, George and Judith Meisenbach of Bloomington — standing in a front pew — were the only ones not to voice “I do” to one another. They signed it. Both George and Judith, members of […]

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