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‘Date Night’ speaker calls marriage a lifelong ‘sacramental three-step’ dance

Jim Healy makes a point during his Sept. 29 presentation "How to be Married and Stay Engaged." The talk was part of a "date night" hosted by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The dance of a Catholic marriage is a “sacramental three-step” modeled on the Paschal Mystery, a family life expert told couples on a date night Sept. 29 hosted by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. “It happens over and over,” said Jim Healy of the process of loving, letting go, and rising again in marriage. […]

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Catholic women throughout diocese are invited to convene Oct. 27 in Champaign

The convention speakers are Joann Hillebrand of Oakbrook, past president of the National Council of Catholic Women, and Bonnie Engstrom of Washington, who has a special connectoin to Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Women throughout central Illinois are invited to take a Saturday off and travel to Champaign to share stories of faith, plan for the future, and encourage one another to “cling to the truth of the Catholic faith” at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s biennial convention. It will be held Oct. 27 at St. […]

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Nympha White of Grand Ridge receives national Catholic women’s award

Nympha White of Grand Ridge holds the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award, which was presented to her recently by the National Council of Catholic Women at the annual convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Provided photo)

OTTAWA — The top honor the National Council of Catholic Women bestows is the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award and this year’s recipient is Nympha White of Grand Ridge. The award was presented during the 2018 NCCW convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. White was nominated for the award by Joan Weber of Peoria, a past […]

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60 ‘Spirit-filled women’ gather here for statewide leadership development event

Peggy Jacques of St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights; Mary Thissen of St. Matthew, Champaign; Myra Krein of St. Theresa, Palatine; and Celeste Mann of St. Mary, McHenry, work on a problem-solving exercise during the NCCW Leadership Training Development program, held June 23 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Membership, finding new leaders, and interpersonal communication are just some of the concerns that recently brought more than 60 women from around Illinois to Peoria for a Leadership Training Development program designed by the National Council of Catholic Women. Hosted by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Spalding Pastoral Center, the day […]

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54 parish volunteers recognized by Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women last April. This year's Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon has been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Quoting from Proverbs 31, Kim Padan told the 54 volunteers who were about to be recognized by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women that “Many do noble things but you surpass them all.” “I know that you women have been doing so many things on a local level — many on the diocesan level […]

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Chillicothe parishioner, 101, is honored for a lifetime of extraordinary service

"You've got to keep going," said Ruth McLaughlin, 101, shown with her dog, Lilly, at the cozy house they share in Chillicothe. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — You won’t find Ruth McLaughlin sitting around watching television. In fact, sitting around is something the centenarian has never been very good at. “You’ve got to do something. You’ve got to keep going,” said Mrs. McLaughlin, 101, during a recent visit. “When you’re doing things you like to do, you don’t give it […]

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Masses to pray for return of fallen-away Catholics set throughout diocese in July

(CNS file/Gregory A. Shemitz)

In an effort to bring fallen-away Catholics back to the practice of their faith, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is asking people to turn to prayer and the Good Shepherd for assistance. Building on last year’s successful pilot program, the DCCW has asked each vicariate of the Diocese of Peoria to schedule a […]

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41 women honored at DCCW Appreciation Luncheon; two special awards bestowed

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the men and women honored with special awards or certificates of appreciation by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 27. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Much of what they do may go unseen, but Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, assured the volunteers being honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 27 that their hard work has not gone unnoticed. “You folks do so much in honor of your church. Please know your bishop — and more […]

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Chillicothe group promotes prayers for bringing non-practicing Catholics back

For their work to organize the Mary and Monica Helpers at St. Edward Parish in Chillicothe, Gail Kruse and Diane Hahn received the Imperative Award at the DCCW's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 14. They are pictured with Msgr. Dale Wellman, DCCW spiritual adviser. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — Established as a way to pray people back into the practice of their faith, the Mary and Monica Helpers at St. Edward Parish created a prayer book that members can personalize with their own holy cards, prayers and petitions, according to Diane Hahn, president. Two of the prayers are specific to the group, […]

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Sisters from Colona, Atkinson parishes carry on family tradition of service

Marian Mitchell (left) of St. Patrick in Colona, and Verna May of St. Anthony in Atkinson are sisters who were among the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women this year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is a snapshot of two of the 45 volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women during its annual Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon on April 14.  Click here for a story on the event and a complete list of honorees. Ever since she retired, Marian Mitchell of St. Patrick […]

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