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Diocese’s Cursillo communities gather for Ultreya, are thanked by Bishop Jenky

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, holds a gift basket that was presented to him by Cursillo en Espanol during a Mass for Cursillo communities from around the Diocese of Peoria on Dec. 1 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The gift was in thanksgiving for how Bishop Jenky welcomed a Spanish-speaking option of the spiritual renewal movement to the diocese 13 years ago and has supported it. A Santa Claus pillow could be seen clearly and the bishop quipped that "I'm starting to look like the jolly old fellow -- beard, belly and all." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“De colores!” With this traditional greeting of the Cursillo community, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, welcomed members of the spiritual renewal movement from throughout central Illinois who braved tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings Dec. 1 to be at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the second Diocesan Ultreya. Offering a thunderous “De colores!” in return, […]

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Cursillo volunteers’ dedication to prison ministry recognized by Canton facility

Sheila Kaurin, left, of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Morton, and Carrie Harp of St. Mary Parish, Canton, are co-recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CANTON — Prison ministry isn’t for everyone, but Sheila Kaurin of Morton and Carrie Harp of Canton feel nothing but gratitude that they are able to take Cursillo into the Illinois River Correctional Center and share faith with the inmates there. For their kindness, compassion and dedication, Kaurin and Harp were named co-recipients of the […]

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Mass of Christian Burial planned for March 24 for Deacon Vincent Slomian

MENDOTA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church for Deacon Vincent L. Slomian. Interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery with military rites by Mendota VFW Post 4079. Visitation is planned for Friday, March 23, from 2 to 7 p.m. and […]

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Listening, learning are goals of Cursillo’s new diocesan lay director

Dodie Gomer of Peoria has been named the new diocesan lay coordinator for Cursillo.

Dodie Gomer really didn’t know what to expect when she made her Cursillo weekend in October 2010, other than it would be a “short course in Christianity” and she wouldn’t be able to use her phone. The thought was unsettling. A human resource professional at Caterpillar Inc. at that time, she wasn’t sure how she […]

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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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Cursillo, parish communities bring joy to Fr. Jack during 50 years of priesthood

Father Duane Jack

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was included in the Jubilarian 2017 special section of The Catholic Post dated May 21, 2017. To view the entire section, use the e-edition tab at the top of this page and search for the issue. SILVIS — Father Duane Jack said he felt the first stirrings of a vocation to […]

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Deacon John Skender, diocesan spiritual director of Cursillo, stepping down

Deacon John and Jackie Skender stand in front of an image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the chapel dedicated to her in the Spalding Renewal Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Deacon John Skender had hoped to “ride off into the sunset” after stepping down as diocesan spiritual director of Cursillo next month. That’s not going to happen — he’s scheduled to be the spiritual director for a Cursillo weekend in February. “I’m not going to disappear,” he said with a laugh. That’s a good thing, […]

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Taking Cursillo into prisons not just a work of mercy, it’s a work of love

More than 50 men at the Danville Correctional Center took the opportunity to participate in the Cursillo weekend in September. Many of them were committed Christians who were well-versed in the Bible, which team members found humbling and inspiring. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

DANVILLE — Driving to the Danville Correctional Center with a Cursillo team recently, Laura Mohrbacher admits to feeling some apprehension. Prisons always seemed like dark, dangerous places and she had no intention of going into one — even for Cursillo. God kept tapping her on the shoulder, however, asking her to think about it. Since […]

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A Cursillo first? 3 generations of family share in same Quad Cities weekend

Chris Kilcoin, her daughter Sydney, and mother-in-law Kathleen Kilcoin were able to make Cursillo the same weekend this spring, which is thought to be the first time three generations did this together in the Diocese of Peoria. (Provided photo)

MILAN — It is not unusual for several members of the same family to experience Cursillo over time. For three generations to make the same Cursillo weekend is a different story, however. That’s what the women of the Kilcoin family of Milan and Matherville did this spring at the Believers Together Center in Moline. It […]

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