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Shirley Plaag named director of Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Shirley Plaag

In today’s fast-paced, changing culture, the best method of leading souls to heaven remains the one demonstrated by Jesus 2,000 years ago. “The beauty of it is we don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” said Shirley Plaag, the Diocese of Peoria’s new Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation. Jesus made disciples, said Plaag, by proclaiming […]

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Bishop names three new directors for Curia offices in the Diocese of Peoria

Three women have been appointed by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to lead departments in the Diocese of Peoria’s Curia overseeing evangelization and faith formation, Hispanic ministry, and respect life efforts. Shirley Plaag is the new Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation. A Peoria native and a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with […]

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Touring relic of St. John Paul II coming to several sites in Diocese of Peoria Aug. 16-19

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, kisses the National Touring Relic of St. John Paul II during its last visit to the Diocese of Peoria in 2013. The relic, a vial of the late pope's blood, is being brought to the diocese again Aug. 16-20 with veneration opportunities in Silvis, Havana, Champaign, Bloomington, and Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Daniel Sone)

Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass and venerate the National Touring Relic of St. John Paul II when it is brought to several sites in mid-August. The relic, a vial of the late pope’s blood, is entrusted to the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. […]

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Emmaus Days drew 136 this summer to consider God’s plan for their lives

High school freshmen and sophomores from around the diocese pray the rosary during Session III of Emmaus Days at Peoria Notre Dame High School. This was the first year Notre Dame hosted two sessions of the vocation awareness summer retreats. (Provided photo)

More than 130 boys and young men were challenged to seek Christ and His plan for their lives during four Emmaus Days vocation awareness retreats this summer sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. While the first two sessions for college-aged men and juniors and seniors in high school took place at Nazareth House […]

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Deadline July 19 for online survey seeking feedback on diocesan capital campaign

The Diocese of Peoria continues to gather feedback about a potential capital campaign, but those wishing to review the plans being considered and make their voices heard via an online survey are asked to do so by a deadline of Wednesday, July 19. “I think people will find this task a valuable use of their […]

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800 seek the truth at Summer Institute with the goal of sharing it with others

When Jennifer Fulwiler was in the fourth grade, she went into a book store and moved all the Bibles to the fiction section, thinking it was the ultimate prank on people who should know better. Little did she know then that the Good Book would become one of the most important books in her life […]

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Diocese of Peoria ‘blessed with joy’ as Father Lee Brokaw is ordained, assigned

Newly ordained Father Lee Brokaw poses with Bishop Jenky for the traditional photo on the steps of the Bishop's Home after the Mass of Ordination. Also pictured are, from left, Father Timothy Hepner, vocations director for recruitment; Msgr. James Kruse, vicar general; Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey; Msgr. Paul Showalter, vicar general; and Father Patrick Henehan, vocation director of formation. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Proclaiming the Diocese of Peoria “blessed with joy,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, ordained Father Lee W. Brokaw to the priesthood in ancient rites witnessed by a standing-room-only crowd during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 27. In an instruction during the Rite of Ordination, Bishop Jenky urged Father Brokaw […]

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Meet the valedictorians, salutatorians of our diocese’s Catholic high schools

ALLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL, ROCK ISLAND Lucy Adlfinger / Valedictorian Parents: Matt and Doreen Adlfinger Town: Milan Parish:St. Pius X, Rock Island College Choice: Saint Louis University Anticipated major: Health Sciences High school activities: National Honor Society, Key Club, Pathfinders, Habitat for Humanity, ICTM, WYSE Catholic school advantages: Whether it was through praying the rosary in the […]

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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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New assignments for 44 priests include Msgr. Ramer, Fr. Riordan to senior status

The granting of senior status to Msgr. James Ramer, left, and Father Patrick Riordan are among dozens of clergy assignments announced by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Msgr. Ramer is pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Mahomet while Father Riordan is pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Tolono, and St. Joseph Parish, Ivesdale. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Forty-four priests serving in the Diocese of Peoria are affected by assignment changes announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The moves, which are printed in full here, are highlighted by: The granting of senior status to Msgr. James Ramer, 71, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Mahomet, and Father Patrick […]

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