New assignments for 33 priests are announced; three granted senior status

Msgr. Charles Beebe, Father Donald Henderson, and Msgr. James Swaner have been granted senior status by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, effective June 8. (Catholic Post photos by Tom Dermody)

The granting of senior status to Msgr. Charles Beebe, Father Donald Henderson, and Msgr. James Swaner highlight appointments affecting 33 priests announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. New pastors have been assigned to 11 parishes, while temporary administrators were named to four additional faith communities. Chaplain transitions have been announced for Central […]

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Diocese’s nine silver jubilarians reflect on the 25 years since their ordinations

Part of the largest ordination class the Diocese of Peoria had seen in a quarter of a century, the priests who are celebrating their silver jubilee this year did not even fit in the sanctuary of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria when it came time to lay prostrate during the Litany of the Saints. The […]

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Deacon Michael Pica to be ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria on May 28

Deacon Michael Pica accepts a stack of hand-made cards from Bria Hartke, a first-grader at Holy Cross School in Champaign, at the close of an all-school Mass on May 13. Holy Cross is Deacon Pica's home parish. He will be ordained to the priesthood at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 28. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Deacon Michael Pica never thought he would be called to the priesthood. “It’s the other guys in the chapel, they’re called,” the transitional deacon remembers thinking in the fall of 2008 when — as a sophomore at Bradley University in Peoria studying health science — Msgr. Brian Brownsey asked him if he had ever considered […]

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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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Catholic high schools, academies of diocese set graduation ceremonies for 612

Graduates of Bloomington Central Catholic celebrate after Mass at Epiphany Church in Normal in this 2015 file photo. (Provided photo/Jim Reckard)

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled this month at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. A total of 612 seniors are expected to receive diplomas. Two schools have planned ceremonies for next weekend, May 14-15. They include: St. Bede Academy in Peru, which will host a baccalaureate Mass at 7 p.m. […]

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Diocesan Summer Institute returns June 4 as free gift with Year of Mercy theme

The Diocesan Summer Institute is back. “Into the Depths of Mercy” is the theme for the gathering, which will be held Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center. It is being relaunched at the request of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who is offering it as a gift […]

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‘Jesus princesses’ celebrate, learn God’s plan at diocese’s Mother-Daughter Tea

Lucy Twait embraces her daughter Lilly as she shares the special qualities and gifts the girl has brought to their family. Members of St. Luke Parish in Eureka, they took part in a Mother-Daughter Fertility Appreciation Tea at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on April 30. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Tea, finger sandwiches and cookies were served with smiles and some serious talk last Saturday as a roomful of “Jesus princesses” learned why their dignity as daughters of God should be respected and safeguarded. The Mother-Daughter Fertility Appreciation Tea brought the girls and their mothers, godmothers, grandmothers and “aunties” to the Spalding Pastoral Center in […]

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Mercy and masculinity: Nearly 500 men receive marching orders at annual event

Students from the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal carry a statue of Jesus near the front of the 2018 men's march through downtown Peoria. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

  Catholic men must call on their God-given masculine attributes to be merciful and loving witnesses of Jesus in today’s culture. That was a message repeated throughout the morning April 23 when nearly 500 men from across the Diocese of Peoria took part in the 13th annual “A Call to Catholic Men of Faith.” “So […]

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Seminarian Nic Wilson creates bust of Bishop Spalding for museum exhibit

Seminarian Nic Wilson shows a picture of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding as he poses with a likeness of the Diocese of Peoria's founding bishop that he created in clay. This was his first attempt. A second version is now a part of a new exhibit at the diocesan museum honoring Bishop Spalding on the centennial of his death.

The bust of Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding that peers at visitors to his new exhibit at the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria is surrounded by artifacts more than a century old, including a chalice from 1878 and vestments the first Bishop of Peoria wore at his episcopal silver jubilee in 1902. The age of […]

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New museum exhibit opens recalling Diocese of Peoria’s founding bishop

A banner welcomes visitors to the new Bishop John Lancaster Spalding exhibit at The Museums of the Diocese of Peoria. The centennial of Bishop Spalding's death will be observed in August. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The first Bishop of Peoria died 100 years ago, but visitors to a new exhibit honoring Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding at the diocesan museums in Peoria may leave with a sense of closeness and familiarity. Maybe that feeling will be sparked by physical artifacts from the late 19th or early 20th centuries — the bishop’s […]

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