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“Healed by an Angel” series continues: Becky shares her incredible experience

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a three-part series written by Dr. Michael Porubcin, a member of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan. Dr. Porubcin is a hematologist and oncologist who serves as vice president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, a chartered guild of the Catholic Medical Association.  In the […]

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‘Healed by an Angel’ series opens: Meet Becky as her journey with cancer begins

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a three-part series written by Dr. Michael Porubcin, a member of St. Ambrose Parish in Milan. Dr. Porubcin is a hematologist and oncologist who serves as vice president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Guild of the Quad Cities, a chartered guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Becky, the […]

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‘Spirituality of Cancer’ topic for couple, priest April 30 at St. Paul Church, Macomb

Bill and Jean Maakestad will talk about how they coped spiritually with Jean's cancer and how it has shaped their marriage.

MACOMB — “Spirituality of Cancer: How One Couple Copes” is the focus for a presentation planned for Monday, April 30, at St. Paul Church, 309 W. Jackson St. Married in 1994, Jean and Bill Maakestad will talk about how they coped with Jean’s cancer. She was diagnosed with two unrelated cancers in 1993 and 1996 […]

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Fr. James DeBisschop, 57, pastor in Orion and Coal Valley, dies; funeral is Friday

Father James DeBisschop

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, at Sacred Heart Church in Moline for Father James P. DeBisschop, 57, pastor of Mary, Our Lady of Peace Parish in Orion and St. Maria Goretti Parish, Coal Valley. Father DeBisschop died on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, following a […]

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Msgr. Ketcham returns to Bloomington; will attend parish prayer service

Msgr. Greg Ketcham is pictured with his sister, Clarisse Slater, in Houston, Texas, where the pastor of St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs, has been receiving treatment for brain cancer. Their t-shirts bear the slogan Msgr. Ketcham has emphasized throughout his treatment, that "Jesus reigns." (Photo from stpatrickmerna.org)

BLOOMINGTON — Saying “I feel strong and am excited to be with you soon,” Msgr. Gregory Ketcham is returning to his parishes today during a break in his treatment for brain cancer. Msgr. Ketcham, pastor of St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington and St. Mary in Downs, has been at MD Anderson Cancer Center […]

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No ‘bucket list’ or regrets, just desire to serve as Fr. DeBisschop copes with cancer

Father James DeBisschop stands near the window of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at Mary, Our Lady of Peace in Orion. The window was purchased in honor of the 27th anniversary of his priestly ordination in 2015. The prayer for healing through Sheen’s intercession is one that means a great deal to the priest, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ORION — Father James DeBisschop doesn’t want to live to be 100. He doesn’t even want to live to be an old man. He just wants to live to serve God. Cancer has made that hard to do over the last four years — but not impossible. “I just love being a parish priest, Father DeBisschop […]

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