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Full text of homily at Founder’s Day Mass recalling Bishop John Lancaster Spalding

Canon J. J. Flattery of Danville recalls the life and accomplishments of the Diocese of Peoria's first bishop, John Lancaster Spalding, during his homily at the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily given by Canon J. J. Flattery of Danville at the Founder’s Day Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Aug. 25, 2016. The Mass marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, the founding bishop of the Diocese of […]

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Homilist remembers Bishop Spalding for education, religious freedom influences

Canon J. J. Flattery of Danville recalls the life and accomplishments of the Diocese of Peoria's first bishop, John Lancaster Spalding, during his homily at the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

One hundred years after his death, Bishop John Lancaster Spalding was again inspiring Catholics gathered at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A re-telling of the life and accomplishments of the Diocese of Peoria’s first bishop provided the bulk of the homily at the Founder’s Day Mass celebrated at the cathedral on Aug. 25, a century […]

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Requiem Mass offered on centenary of death of diocese’s founding bishop

At the Requiem Mass on Aug. 24, a bishop's miter and pectoral cross were placed on a platform draped in black and surrounded by six tall candles in honor of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, the Diocese of Peoria's founding bishop who died 100 years ago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  With ancient texts and chants, the people gathered in the newly restored St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria remembered the diocese’s first spiritual father, Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, at a Requiem Mass on Aug. 24. It was the first of several opportunities to pray and give thanks during Founder’s Weekend. While the cathedral was stripped […]

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Grateful diocese celebrates founding bishop, St. Mary’s Cathedral restoration

The newly restored sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria is seen in this photo from the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The founding bishop of the Diocese of Peoria and a restoration of the cathedral he built were celebrated in five days of events that linked the past, present, and future of the Catholic Church in central Illinois. “There is an awful lot of happiness in this cathedral this afternoon,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Seminarian Nic Wilson creates bust of Bishop Spalding for museum exhibit

Seminarian Nic Wilson shows a picture of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding as he poses with a likeness of the Diocese of Peoria's founding bishop that he created in clay. This was his first attempt. A second version is now a part of a new exhibit at the diocesan museum honoring Bishop Spalding on the centennial of his death.

The bust of Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding that peers at visitors to his new exhibit at the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria is surrounded by artifacts more than a century old, including a chalice from 1878 and vestments the first Bishop of Peoria wore at his episcopal silver jubilee in 1902. The age of […]

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New museum exhibit opens recalling Diocese of Peoria’s founding bishop

A banner welcomes visitors to the new Bishop John Lancaster Spalding exhibit at The Museums of the Diocese of Peoria. The centennial of Bishop Spalding's death will be observed in August. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The first Bishop of Peoria died 100 years ago, but visitors to a new exhibit honoring Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding at the diocesan museums in Peoria may leave with a sense of closeness and familiarity. Maybe that feeling will be sparked by physical artifacts from the late 19th or early 20th centuries — the bishop’s […]

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