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‘The heart of Scouting is to really be like Jesus,’ says bishop at recognition Mass

Mitchell Goddard, Julian Sturm and Bear Gangloff of Pack 28 from St. Thomas the Apostle in Peoria Heights, receive the Parvuli Dei emblem from Bishop Jenky during the Diocesan Scout Mass on Feb. 11 at St. Mary Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Scouting gives young people valuable skills to navigate life, including camping out and tying knots, but those aren’t the most important things, according to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. “Most of all in Scouting, you learn how to be givers, you learn how to help one another, you learn to meet needs when you encounter […]

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Diocesan Ultreya brings Cursillistas from five regional sites to St. Mary’s Cathedral

Reaching across the aisles of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, those who have made Cursillo around the diocese praise God during the Our Father at the Mass for the Diocesan Ultreya on Nov. 4. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Monthly gatherings with a reflection, Mass and plenty of time to socialize are a mainstay of the Cursillo experience, but there was nothing ordinary about the Diocesan Ultreya that filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria Nov. 4. Believed to be the first celebration of its kind, the Ultreya drew representatives from the Northwest Area Cursillo, […]

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Hundreds March for Mary in rain at diocese’s culminating Fatima celebration

Those who filled St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria for the March for Mary raise their candles and sing as the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, which was carried throughout the church, returns to the sanctuary. Despite the rain that fell on the pilgrims during the march, coordinator Cecilia Soñé said the experience left her in awe. "The miracle of the sun would occur not as the 'sun' but the 'Son' in the holy sacrifice of the Mass." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

If prayers for a sunny day went unanswered last Saturday, they may have been only a few of the petitions that weren’t during the March for Mary through the streets of downtown Peoria. The event was the Diocese of Peoria’s culminating celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Blessed Mother’s appearances to three shepherd children […]

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Bishop Jenky leads rosary outside of Peoria’s abortion clinic as ’40 Days’ opens

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, leads about 40 people in praying the rosary outside Peoria's abortion facility on Sept. 27, the start of the 40 Days for Life campaign. In the background is the Women's Care Center, a pro-life outreach located next door to the abortion clinic. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Thanking them for their witness to the Gospel of Life, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, led about 40 persons in praying the rosary outside of Peoria’s abortion facility on Sept. 27, the start of the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. “Thank you so much, not just for being here tonight, but for all you […]

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Nearly 100 anniversary couples renew marriage vows at cathedral Mass

Among the couples from throughout the diocese renewing their marriage vows during the Anniversary Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 24 were (left) Chuck and Mary Ann Voreis of Utica , members of St. Patrick Parish in LaSalle, and Donald and Carmen Hodge of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Peoria Heights. Both couples are observing their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Whether they met in kindergarten, at college, on a blind date, or in some other way, the anniversary couples celebrating milestone years of marriage Sept. 24 at St. Mary’s Cathedral acknowledged they’ve had help along the way. “I think we need to remember there is always three in a marriage: he and I and God,” […]

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‘A big deal’: Diocese hosts a second celebration for First Communicants

Ivany Cisneros of St. Mary Cathedral Parish in Peoria poses for a photo taken by her mother, Maria, outside the cathedral following the June 10 Diocesan Mass for First Communicants. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While there is only one “first,” the Diocese of Peoria considers a child’s first holy Communion important enough for a second celebration — this time with the diocesan family. And even the Diocesan Mass for First Communicants, celebrated last Saturday by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and during which the children once again donned their […]

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New assignments for 44 priests include Msgr. Ramer, Fr. Riordan to senior status

The granting of senior status to Msgr. James Ramer, left, and Father Patrick Riordan are among dozens of clergy assignments announced by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Msgr. Ramer is pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Mahomet while Father Riordan is pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Tolono, and St. Joseph Parish, Ivesdale. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Forty-four priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria are affected by assignment changes announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The moves, which are printed in full here, are highlighted by: The granting of senior status to Msgr. James Ramer, 71, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Mahomet, and Father Patrick […]

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‘Spectacular’ new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria is completed, blessed

Guests arrive for the April 26 celebration dinner and blessing ceremony for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After describing it with superlatives including “spectacular” and “beautiful,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed the newly completed St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria before a celebration dinner at the $4 million facility on April 26. “This is going to be an engine for all the things you do,” said Bishop Jenky of the 20,000-square-foot […]

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Priests renew vows, holy oils are blessed during Chrism Mass at cathedral

Consecrated women and men, lay faithful and Catholic school students and administrators offered an extended round of applause for their parish priests and chaplains after the clergy renewed their commitment to priestly service at the Chrism Mass April 11. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Every Mass is holy beyond compare, but the Chrism Mass is “an extraordinary moment of grace” in the life of the church, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the annual Holy Week liturgy on April 11. It is a time when Catholic priests throughout the world […]

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Bishop shares ‘secret’ to a joyful life as Annual Diocesan Appeal opens April 1-2

Sister Salezia Rudyova, FSJB, left, and Mother Vaclava Ballon, FSJB, prepare packets of promotional materials for the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal to be sent to parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. Sister Salezia, an assistant in the Office of Stewardship and Development, is in her third year as coordinator of the appeal. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The invitation to support the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal, which will be promoted in all parishes of the Diocese of Peoria the weekend of April 1-2, comes with a bonus — the secret of a happy life. “It’s simple,” says Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in an eight-minute video to be shown at Masses next […]

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