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Moline’s Catholics and Lutherans share hopes, prayer ‘on the way’ to unity

Ava Miller and Janey Locander of Salem Lutheran Church lead hundreds of Moline-area Catholics and Lutherans in a procession from St. Mary Church to First Lutheran Church during an evening of dialogue and prayer on Oct. 15 (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MOLINE — Father Mark DeSutter’s first words after climbing to the top of the raised pulpit of Moline’s First Lutheran Church were “Boy, it’s a long way up here.” The ad-libbed comment by the pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church was casual and drew laughter from the hundreds of Catholics and Lutherans in the assembly […]

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Needed: a mobile device examination of conscience

It was a glorious summer day. The lunch hour crowd that gathered in the downtown courthouse plaza was bathed in sunshine, as were the cascades of blooming flowers and the fountains with waters so remarkably blue one wondered if they had been artificially colored. They had not. The tall surrounding buildings seemed to pierce the […]

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Meet the top Catholic high school graduates of the Diocese of Peoria

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Following are brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them and all graduates. We invited the top students to answer two questions: 1) “How would you describe the advantages of attending a Catholic high school?,” and 2) “Name one […]

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Bishop invites all Catholic men to annual march and Mass in Peoria on April 23

A scene from the men's march at the 2015 "A Call to Catholic Men of Faith." This year's event is Saturday, April 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has encouraged all men of the Diocese of Peoria to take part in the 13th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith” in downtown Peoria on Saturday morning, April 23 — and to arrive a little early. Noting the 2016 men’s march and Mass takes place during the Holy […]

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‘Blessing bags’ help Metamora students enter into Year of Mercy spirit

Joyce Heiple of St. Mary School in Metamora guides Ben Cronkhite and Anna Schmitz is assembling "blessing bags" of bottled water, socks, snacks, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and an apple for the people served at Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria. The "blessing bags" were delivered by the eighth-graders at the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — What words would you use to describe “mercy” to a child? “I told them when I think of mercy I think of love, caring, kindness, forgiveness. Those are words they can understand,” said Joyce Heiple, the second grade teacher at St. Mary School in Metamora. It was important for them to understand that […]

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Alleman’s Lynn VanDeHeede is diocese’s Distinguished Teacher for 2015-2016

Lynn VanDeHeede meets with seniors Ally Zahringer, Rachel Elliott and Kyler Yodts to plan an activity at Alleman High School in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  ROCK ISLAND — Counseling at Alleman High School changed when Lynn VanDeHeede became the director of the department 11 years ago. A teacher who enjoyed her time in the classroom, she didn’t want to be isolated from the students or see them only when something got serious enough to require intervention. With Kathy Miller […]

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Meet Fr. Stephen Willard, the diocese’s Distinguished School Pastor for 2015-16

Father Stephen Willard prays with a class at St. Patrick School in Washington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WASHINGTON — If Father Stephen Willard had his way, every child would receive a Catholic school education, and ability to pay should not be an obstacle, according to the Diocese of Peoria’s Distinguished School Pastor for 2015-16. “People are very generous in the parishes. We have tuition assistance funds. Sometimes it might be difficult, but […]

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