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Blogger and author visits area parishes, schools to discuss ‘Sacred Balancing Act’

Lisa Hendey signs copies of books from her "Chime Travelers" series for Deanna Casey of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills. She said she came to Hendey's presentation on balancing busy lives and family spirituality to "kickstart" her Lent in new and different ways. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GERMANTOWN HILLS — Saints-in-the-making of all ages heard words of encouragement — and a few challenges — when nationally known blogger and author Lisa Hendey recently visited central Illinois. While she was in the area from Feb. 8 to 10, she talked to the students at St. Patrick School in Washington and St. Mary School […]

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Fr. Brokaw as described by his family: a caring leader who loves people, the Lord

Father Brokaw offers a prayer of blessing for his parents, Patrick and Brenda Brokaw of St. Patrick Parish, Raritan, during a reception at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria following the ordination Mass on May 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

What kind of a priest can St. Matthew Parish in Champaign expect when newly ordained Father Lee Brokaw arrives in a few days as parochial vicar? Here are a few of the words that those who know him best — his parents and three sisters — used to describe him: Dedicated. Conscientious. Caring. Self-giving. A […]

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Bake sales, blessings will help family experience World Youth Day together

Sporting their World Youth Day 2016 t-shirts are members of the Conley family of St. Mark Parish in Peoria, who will join a pilgrimage to Poland that is leaving July 15. From left are Maddie, 21, Drew, 14, Jack, 18, mother D’Arcy, and Grace, 16. Prayer intentions they have collected in recent months fill a large bowl on the table. The Conleys are shown with an image of St. John Paul II, the Poland native who initiated World Youth Day, that hangs in their living room. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“If you’re going to fundraise for one, why not fundraise for all?” So says D’Arcy Conley in explaining how she and her four children — members of St. Mark Parish in Peoria — have been working since February to raise money to travel to Poland this month for World Youth Day with Pope Francis. With […]

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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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Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, Pope Francis urges

Copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), are seen during the document's release at the Vatican April 8. The exhortation is the concluding document of the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation. The document, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love), […]

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