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St. Francis ‘sunk his hooks into me,’ says troubador in return to Peoria parish

Dressed in a simple habit, James Twyman sings about peace and love as he channels St. Francis of Assisi during "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" at Holy Familiy Church in Peoria on Feb. 1. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

On his way to New York City, James Twyman eagerly returned to Holy Family Church in Peoria, where his lifelong love of St. Francis of Assisi began — although he doesn’t use such gentle terms to describe it. Pointing to the chair in the sanctuary where he sat as an altar boy, he told those […]

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After 20 years, perpetual adoration ends, new program begins at Holy Family, Peoria

After leading prayers and removing the Blessed Sacrament, Father Giles Gilbert, OFM Conv., closes the doors over the monstrance for the last time in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel at Holy Family in Peoria on Aug. 1. After nearly 21 years, a new program of eucharistic adoration began Aug. 2. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

More than 20 years of perpetual eucharistic adoration came to an end at Holy Family Parish in Peoria on Aug. 1 as a quiet procession, led by Father Giles Gilbert, OFM Conv., accompanied Jesus from the adoration chapel in the parish center to the church. On Friday, Aug. 2, parishioners and friends started spending time […]

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Gradual process took him to seminary and now he tells others: ‘Be not afraid’

Nicholas Conner, a graduate of Holy Family School in Peoria and Peoria Notre Dame, was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Peoria last year and is studying at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Photo by Nellie Photography)

Nicholas Conner tried to ignore it, but God’s call to explore the priesthood wouldn’t go away. “In moments of prayer and contemplation, that’s how it would always come back,” said the Peoria native and graduate of Holy Family School and Peoria Notre Dame. “I could never shake it.” Now he doesn’t want to. Accepted as […]

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Canon John J. Flattery, former Air Force chaplain, pastor, historian dies at 88

Canon John J. Flattery

DANVILLE — A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Holy Family Church here for Canon John Joseph Flattery, a Danville native who served as a chaplain with the U.S. Air Force for nearly three decades and later was pastor of Holy Family Parish as well as St. Matthew […]

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Knights’ Holy Family icon presented to Rock Island church in Fr. Logan’s memory

Members of the Honor Guard from the Knights of Columbus, Father Bader Assembly No. 1922, are pictured with an icon of the Holy Family that was presented to Sacred Heart Parish in Rock Island during a Mass on Dec. 30, the feast of the Holy Family. The image, awarded by the Peoria Diocese Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, includes an inscription dedicating it in honor of Father Johnjoseph DePorres Logan, former pastor who died in early 2016. (Provided photo/Chris Mandle)

ROCK ISLAND — A framed icon of the Holy Family that has been utilized around the Diocese of Peoria for three years in conjunction with Knights of Columbus-sponsored programs has found a permanent home at Sacred Heart Church here. The image was presented to the parish by the Peoria Diocese Chapter of the Knights of […]

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Catholic schools in East Moline, Peoria, and Rantoul welcome new principals

Students weren’t the only ones to have a first day of school in diocesan schools this fall. Two principals also started the year in new schools, and one more has come out of retirement to lead the school he last served. Stacie Gianessi, who has been principal of St. Malachy School in Rantoul since 2015, […]

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Logan County Catholic Community Food Pantry now serving at new, larger site

Beth Fleshman, a volunteer at the Logan County Catholic Community Food Pantry in Lincoln, assists a guest with her selections at the pantry’s new location on June 27. The outreach serves more than 1,600 people annually and is supported by the county’s four Catholic parishes. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

LINCOLN — “Wow, this place is huge,” said the first guest to walk through the door of the newly built and blessed Logan County Catholic Community Food Pantry on June 27. She would find, as do the dozens of others who are assisted with their families’ food needs here every Wednesday, that the new facility’s […]

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Fr. Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., 80, dies; funeral Mass is Jan. 20 in Chicago

Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv.

CHICAGO — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., a former pastor of parishes in Peoria, Wenona, Lostant, Minonk, Rutland, and Toluca. Father Luke, who served as provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of […]

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