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Hispanic Ministry offers a professional listening ear to area’s Spanish-speaking

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, is pictured with Olga Figueroa, her longtime friend from Mexico. Figueroa is a psychotherapist who offered workshops and private counseling in August to Spanish-speaking Catholics in LaSalle, Peoria, and Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

As a priest from Mexico was hearing confessions for 14 hours during a retreat day for Spanish-speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria last summer, Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, offered to help move things along. “Do you want me to tell them to be a little more quick — to just say their sins?” asked […]

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Diocese’s renewed Hispanic Ministry unites around Mary in first major event

Singing "Ave Maria," about 400 Spanish-speaking Catholicds from throughout the Diocese of Peoria process from the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria to St. Mary's Cathedral for a Mass with Bishop Jenky at the conclusion of their daylong celebration of the centennial of the Mary's appearances at Fatima. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Spanish-speaking Catholics from around the Diocese of Peoria celebrated their unity in faith and their love of the Eucharist, St. John Paul II, and the Blessed Virgin Mary during a daylong celebration Aug. 19 in Peoria. The focus of the event was this year’s centennial of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearances in Fatima, Portugal. While […]

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Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, appointed director of diocese’s Hispanic ministry

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM

Asked what non-Spanish speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria should know about the region’s growing Hispanic population, Sister Isabel Romero, SCJTM, had a ready reply: “We are more than what you think we are,” said the diocese’s new Director of Hispanic Ministry, pointing to a recent census that puts the figure at 50,000 — […]

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Bishop names three new directors for Curia offices in the Diocese of Peoria

Three women have been appointed by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to lead departments in the Diocese of Peoria’s Curia overseeing evangelization and faith formation, Hispanic ministry, and respect life efforts. Shirley Plaag is the new Director of Evangelization and Faith Formation. A Peoria native and a 2009 graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville with […]

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