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Blessings abound as golden and silver anniversary couples renew vows at Mass

Dennis and Beth Doolan of St. Patrick Parish in Washington were among 115 couples observing their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries in 2019 to renew their marriage vows at St. Mary's Cathedral during the diocesan Anniversary Mass on Sept. 29. Behind them are Bill and Carolyn Kraft of St. Jude Parish, Peoria. Both are golden anniversary couples. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

It rained on John and Maureen Borowy’s wedding day 50 years ago. “My mom always said it was a blessing from heaven and my grandma said that, too,” said Maureen, as she and her husband stood on a wet sidewalk outside St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria moments after taking part in the Diocese of Peoria’s […]

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More than 100 anniversary couples renew vows, share stories at diocesan Mass

Joe and Mary Kamp of St. Mary of Lourdes Parish in Germantown Hills embrace after renewing their marriage vows at the Diocese of Peoria's Anniversary Mass on Sept. 30 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. The Kamps will observe their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 12. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Ron and Doris Hart of Epiphany Parish in Normal had looked forward to the Anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria all year. And the experience of attending the Sept. 30 celebration for couples marking 50th and 25th wedding anniversaries in 2018 didn’t disappoint. “It was fabulous,” said Doris of the Mass celebrated by […]

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Golden, silver anniversary couples renew vows, share stories at diocesan Mass

Among the anniversary couples kissing after renewing their marriage vows at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Sept. 25 were Ralph and Lucy Wilshusen of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis. The Anniversary Mass came just one day after the Wilshusens' actual 50th anniversary. They were married on Sept. 24, 1966. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The stories of how married couples first met can sometimes be attributed to chance or coincidence, but Don Huber has another word for what brought him together with his wife of 50 years, Marty: “God-incidents.” “I knew that first evening she was special,” said Don, recalling how he — then a graduate student at the University […]

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Fr. Ted Pracz to mark golden jubilee with April 24 Mass at Holy Family, Danville

Fr. Ted Pracz

HOOPESTON — He consented to be interviewed for his 50th anniversary of ordination, but Father Ted Pracz asked that the story be short and to the point. “God deserves the thanks and the glory,” he said simply. And that’s how Father Pracz will observe his golden jubilee on Sunday, April 24. He plans to celebrate […]

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