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Funeral Mass homily: Msgr. Hallin an extraordinary teacher, energetic pastor

Msgr. Albert Hallin stands in front of the small altar in his apartment at Inman Place in Champaign in this 2013 file photo. The former educator, pastor and holder of diocesan leadership positions died Aug. 26 at the age of 90. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Following is the homily from the Mass of Christian Burial for Msgr. Albert Hallin, P.A., a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria who died on Aug. 26 at the age of 90. His obituary appeared in the Sept. 1 issue of The Catholic Post. The funeral was celebrated on Aug. 30 at […]

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Father Dale Maloy, 91, dies; funeral Mass is Saturday at Holy Cross Church, Mendota

Father Dale Maloy

MENDOTA – Father Dale R. Maloy, whose priestly ministry included three decades of service as an advocate and associate judge with the diocesan Marriage Tribunal, died on June 17, 2019. He was 91. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered this Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 1010 Jefferson St., […]

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Emotional week as Peoria Notre Dame mourns death of principal Randy Simmons

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, joined the Peoria Notre Dame High School community Feb. 20 to offer a Mass in remembrance of principal Randy Simmons, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 19. Many of the priests from Peoria-area parishes concelebrated and provided spiritual support and comfort to the students after the liturgy. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After an emotional week for the Peoria Notre Dame High School community, family and friends, principal Randy L. Simmons was laid to rest on Feb. 26. A funeral Mass was offered at St. Philomena Church in Peoria, with Father David Richardson, pastor, as the celebrant and homilist. Several priests, including Father Kyle Lucas, chaplain at […]

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Father Thomas Brajkovich, 87, dies; funeral Mass in Wyoming on July 11

Father Thomas Brajkovich

WYOMING — A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Dominic Church here on July 11 for Father Thomas R. Brajkovich, 87, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Brajkovich, who served as pastor of parishes in Delavan, Hopedale, East Moline, Geneseo, Wyoming, and Toulon, died on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Hopedale Medical […]

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Fr. James DeBisschop, 57, pastor in Orion and Coal Valley, dies; funeral is Friday

Father James DeBisschop

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, at Sacred Heart Church in Moline for Father James P. DeBisschop, 57, pastor of Mary, Our Lady of Peace Parish in Orion and St. Maria Goretti Parish, Coal Valley. Father DeBisschop died on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, following a […]

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Fr. Richard Mullen, 92, dies; funeral Mass is Wednesday at Holy Cross, Champaign

Father Richard L. Mullen

CHAMPAIGN — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at Holy Cross Church here for Father Richard L. Mullen, pastor emeritus of Holy Cross Parish and former associate editor of The Catholic Post. Father Mullen, who was granted senior status in 1997, died on Friday, March 23, […]

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Services in Bloomington and Hancock County for Msgr. Gregory Ketcham, 50

Msgr. Gregory Ketcham

BLOOMINGTON — A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Patrick Church of Merna here on Monday for Msgr. Gregory Ketcham, 50, pastor emeritus who died at the parish rectory on Feb. 9, 2018 — 20 months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. “Grace flowed through him,” said Father James Seitz of Msgr. Ketcham, […]

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View Post’s 2017 All Souls’ Day video, designed to inspire prayers for deceased

Forty-seven photos of loved ones who died in the past year, submitted by readers of The Catholic Post, are featured in a video produced by the diocesan newspaper for All Souls’ Day. The four-minute video may be viewed below. It has also been posted for viewing and sharing on The Catholic Post’s Facebook page. The […]

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Visitation, funeral Mass in Streator on Thursday for Fr. William Arthur Ryan, 87

Father William Arthur Ryan

STREATOR — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father William Arthur Ryan, 87, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and former pastor of 11 of its parishes. Father Ryan, a native of Streator, died on Sept. […]

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Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Valentine Church, Peru, for Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek, 58

Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek is pictured with Polish dancers during a parish ethnic festival sponsored by St. Valentine and St. Mary parishes in Peru in this 2015 Catholic Post file photo. Msgr. Rejsek, 58, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning in Peru.

PERU — A funeral Mass was offered July 21 at St. Valentine Church here for Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek, 58, pastor of St. Valentine and St. Mary parishes in Peru who devoted much of his priestly life to Hispanic ministry and service on the diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Msgr. Rejsek died early on Saturday morning, July […]

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