Lopez brothers supported one another on their journey to be permanent deacons

Standing on either side of Bishop Jenky are Deacon Guadalupe I. Lopez (left) and his brother, Deacon Faustino Lopez. Joinging them in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria after their ordination as permanent deacons on May 20 are their extended families. They are believed to be the first brothers ordained to the diaconate in the same class for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Long involved in their parishes, it was no surprise that God called Guadalupe I. Lopez and his younger brother Faustino Lopez to be permanent deacons. The surprise came when they went to the first information session sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria and found each other there. “Neither of us knew the other was going […]

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24 permanent, 2 transitional deacons are ordained; ready to serve with love, joy

The 24 new permanent deacons who will serve the Diocese of Peoria surround Bishop Jenky in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria after the Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate on May 20. Kneeling next to him are Ryan Mattingly (left) and Andru O'Brien (right), who were ordained transitional deacons and will now begin their final preparation for ordination to the priesthood next May. Also joining the group were diocesan officials including Msgr. Timothy Nolan, Msgr. James Kruse, Msgr. Paul Showalter, Father Patrick Henehan and Father Timothy Hepner. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Calling it “a profound moment of renewal in the life of our local church,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, ordained 24 men as permanent deacons and two as transitional deacons during a more than two-hour Mass on May 20 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Peoria. With family members and friends filling every seating space — including […]

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24 to be ordained permanent deacons, two transitional deacons on May 20

The 24 men to be ordained permanent deacons for the Diocese of Peoria are shown in this photo collage. (Photos by Jennifer Willems of The Catholic Post)

Twenty-four men will be ordained as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, May 20, during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. During the liturgy, Bishop Jenky will also ordain seminarians Andru O’Brien and Ryan Mattingly to the transitional diaconate. (See story […]

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Only one sin can’t be forgiven, explains missionary of mercy Archabbot Lambert

After his talk to deacons of the Diocese of Peoria, Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, greets Deacon Nicholas Simon of St. Anthony Parish in Atkinson and Sacred Heart, Annwan, as Deacon Rod Gray of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Galesburg looks on. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

The only sin that can’t be forgiven is our own refusal to have the sin forgiven, a missionary of mercy said in the Diocese of Peoria on Aug. 20. “There is no sin beyond the salvific power of Jesus Christ,” said Archabbot Lambert Reilly, OSB, who guided St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana from 1995 […]

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Deacon class installed into ministry of acolyte, urged to lives of service

Robb Caputo of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Leonore is presented a ciborium by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during the Rite of Institution of Acolytes for members of the diocese's tenth class of permanent deacons Aug. 20 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Twenty-four men who are entering their final year of preparation for ordination in the permanent diaconate were installed into the ministry of acolyte by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during a joy-filled Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral  on Saturday, Aug. 20. But while the bishop led the assembly in robust applause for the class members […]

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