Youths at diocese-wide Abide in Me retreat assured ‘God desired you. Period.’

Phil Lee, director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship, places a monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament atop a tower of candles during a period of adoration at the Abide in Me youth retreat held Nov. 1-3 at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington. Father Eric Bolek, parochial vicar of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, and St. Mary, Downs, is at right. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — In this age of brief texts and tweets, Father Matthew Hoelscher had a four-word message for high school youth from across the Diocese of Peoria who spent last weekend on a retreat at Corpus Christi Catholic School here. “God desired you. Period,” he repeatedly emphasized during a homily on Nov. 2 at Abide […]

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660 at Summer Institute hear messages of hope for teaching the youth of today

Claire Kunkel, a fifth grade teacher from Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle, receives Communion from Father Matthew Hoelscher, who later presented a breakout session, "Teaching the 'Why': The Gift of Catholic Education," at the Diocesan Summer Institute. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Adolescence and young adulthood can be a confusing time for them, as well as the people who love them, teach them and journey in faith with them, but God gave all of us that time of life for a reason, according to Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, the keynote speaker for this year’s Diocesan Summer […]

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Educators, others invited to focus on youth, vocations at Summer Institute

Following in the footsteps of Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops set for October, the Diocesan Summer Institute will also focus on youth and vocational discernment when Catholic school teachers and administrators, catechists and parishioners gather at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, Aug. 11. The theme for the day is “Before You Were […]

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