Memorial to fallen officers from around diocese blessed at St. Augustine Manor

Father David Whiteside presided at the blessing for the new memorial, which is located in the chapel of St. Augustine Manor in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Families and friends of Catholic law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have a new way to remember their loved ones in prayer. St. Augustine Manor in Peoria has placed a memorial to fallen officers from around the Diocese of Peoria in its chapel at 1301 N.E. Glendale Ave. It was blessed by […]

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Gratitude, recognition as Mass concludes school year in diocese

Gathered in the Diocesan Museum for a final photo are the school leaders who are retiring or departing: (from left) Mark Csanda, St. Mary School, Bloomington; Ryan Bustle, The High School of Saint Thomas More, Champaign; Scott Turnipseed, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline; Steve Eisemann, Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Barb Shrode, St. Paul School, Macomb; Joan Leonard, Jordan Catholic School, Rock Island; Melissa Reder, St. Thomas School, Philo; and Mary Pat Shepherd, Schlarman Academy, Danville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Before they closed the books on another year, principals and pastors from Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria came together in Peoria on June 2 to pray and celebrate all that has been accomplished. “I see a lot of tired people,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, quipped at the beginning of Mass in the […]

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Institute speaker offers seven ‘secrets’ of saints, others for success in prayer

Before the Diocesan Summer Institute closed in Peoria June 4, keynote speaker Dan Burke offered seven “secrets” of saints and others who have success in prayer. Establishing a sacred space, dedicated to God and used solely for this purpose, is one of them. Another is setting aside sacred time. “If we don’t do this, we […]

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Rebooted Diocesan Summer Institute draws nearly 1,000 into ‘depths of mercy’

At Father Timothy Hepner's request, the priests, seminarians and women religious present at the Diocesan Summer Institute gathered in front of the Peoria Civic Center stage. "We are blessed," said Father Hepner, but asked all in attendance for prayers to increase vocations. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus took his disciples aside to pray on occasion and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, encouraged nearly 1,000 teachers, religious educators, priests, seminarians, women religious and parishioners to view the rebooted Diocesan Summer Institute the same way. “All of you, who do so much work in the diocese, need this time together with the Lord,” […]

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Family petitions N.Y. court to move Archbishop Sheen’s body to Peoria

Archbishop Fulton Sheen writes on his chalkboard during a broadcast of his Emmy Award-winning television program "Life is Worth Living" in this 1950s file photo.

The family of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has petitioned the Supreme Court of the State of New York to allow the transfer of the sainthood candidate’s remains to Peoria. Joan Sheen Cunningham, 88, Archbishop Sheen’s niece and his oldest living relative, filed a petition on June 13 asking that the trustees of St. […]

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Father Martin Mwongyera incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria

Father Mwongyera will continue to serve as judicial vicar and co-director of the Tribunal.

While he is from the Diocese of Kabale in Uganda, Father Martin Mwongyera has been a familiar face in the parishes, hospitals and Tribunal of the Diocese of Peoria for a decade. Now he gets to call central Illinois his home on a permanent basis. With the permission of Bishop Callistus Rubaramira of Kabale and […]

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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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Loving farewell as Franciscan Friars end 135-year presence at St. Mary, Bloomington

The friars join the parish choirs and all present in singing "You Shall Not Tire" at the close of the Franciscan Farewell celebration at St. Mary Parish in Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Tears, laughter, and professions of love and gratitude filled St. Mary Church here May 29 as parishioners and friends from around the diocese bid farewell to the Franciscan Friars. As with any good celebration there was also music and even some dancing in the aisle as Father Neri Greskoviak, OFM, prompted by the […]

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Parents say parishioners should expect a smiling, prayerful ‘Padre Pica’

Father Pica blesses his parents, Jane and Jerry Pica of Champaign, at the reception following the ordination Mass. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Members of St. Patrick Church of Merna Parish in Bloomington and St. Mary, Downs, should expect a smiling, prayerful priest when newly ordained Father Michael Pica joins their faith communities as parochial vicar on June 8. That’s according to the two people who know Father Pica best – his parents, Jerry and Jane Pica (pronounced […]

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‘Church in Peoria rejoices’ May 28 as Father Michael Pica is ordained

Newly ordained Father Michael Pica poses with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on the balcony of the cathedral rectory immediately following the May 28 ordination Mass. Also pictured are Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey and the vicars general of the Diocese of Peoria, Msgr. Paul Showalter, P.A., and Msgr. James Kruse. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Father Michael P. Pica was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during solemn, ancient rites in a joy-filled Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 28. “The church in Peoria rejoices today,” said Bishop Jenky in opening remarks after Deacon Pica entered in a processional including priests, deacons […]

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