Priests marking milestone anniversaries are thanked, thankful at Jubilarian Mass

In his homily, Msgr. Dale Wellman, a senior priest of the diocese, said his 55 years of ministry have made for a "happy, long life" and that he has "lived and loved being in the service of God's people." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When Jesus talked to the disciples about offering his flesh and blood for the life of the world, they found it hard to accept and some walked away. But Simon Peter remained and said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Msgr. Dale Wellman has found truth in those […]

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Jubilarian homily: Diocesan priesthood an unequaled brotherhood, fraternity

Msgr. Richard R. Soseman

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the full text of the homily delivered at the Diocese of Peoria’s Jubilarian Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on June 22. The Mass recognized priests observing significant anniversary years of ordination. Profiles of the priests as well as deacons and consecrated men and women marking anniversary years appeared […]

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Cursillo, parish communities bring joy to Fr. Jack during 50 years of priesthood

Father Duane Jack

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was included in the Jubilarian 2017 special section of The Catholic Post dated May 21, 2017. To view the entire section, use the e-edition tab at the top of this page and search for the issue. SILVIS — Father Duane Jack said he felt the first stirrings of a vocation to […]

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“If God calls us . . .”: Diocese of Peoria celebrates its jubilarian priests

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria concelebrate the Jubilarian Mass with Bishop Jenky on June 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Applause filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria as priests celebrating milestone anniversaries were honored at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Praising their commitment, he called them “irreplaceable in the life of our community” and said, “Our hearts are filled with love and gratitude for their ministry.” Also honored was the newest […]

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Two priests have shared gifts of preaching, teaching for 60 years

The last 60 years have seen some turbulent times in the nation and major changes in the church, but they have also provided moments of great joy for Father Robert Hoffmann and Father Thomas Kelly. In the days ahead they will gather with family and friends to celebrate all that has been and what is […]

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