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Prayers for the dead ‘a beautiful work of mercy,’ says pastor at Macomb PDCCW day

Father Adam Stimpson, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Macomb, addresses those attending a Day of Remembrance sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at his parish on Nov. 2, the Commemoriation of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

MACOMB — As a priest for 10 years, Father Adam Stimpson has attended to many people as they were dying and comforted family and friends — including his own on occasion. He has found over and over again how the prayers and rituals of the church have brought peace and something more, he told those […]

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38 women honored for volunteerism, service at PDCCW Appreciation Luncheon

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the women from around the Diocese of Peoria who were honored for their service by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 26 in Peoria. "I really don't know what the diocese would do without all of you," he said at the Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. Sitting far left is Kim Padan, PDCCW president. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Volunteerism is praiseworthy, but volunteerism in the church takes the concept of service to a whole new level and has “a special, special place in my heart,” Kim Padan, president of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, said before honoring 38 women at the annual Appreciation Luncheon. “I know that all of us working […]

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Pilgrims from Diocese of Peoria share sadness, memories after Notre Dame fire

The Anders family of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton attended Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris with friends last Easter. Stephanie Anders called it “a moving experience” and considers the family “blessed to have had the opportunity.” Pictured are, front row, Joseph, Jonathan, and Norah; back row, Jeremiah, Alexa, and Stephanie. (Provided photo)

Our Lady of Paris is also much loved in the Diocese of Peoria, and local Catholics shared in the sorrow felt around the world April 15 when images of Notre Dame Cathedral in flames dominated newscasts and social media. “There are no words to explain the feeling of being there, and no words to describe […]

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Women connect, encourage one another at convention in Champaign

Bobbi Hynes of St. Mary, Bloomington, shares a concern about those who are leaving the church as part the morning session at the 2018 biennial convention of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Speaker Joann Hillebrand said the National Council of Catholic Women was formed nearly 100 years ago to "unite the efforts of women in the church, in family and in society." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — All organizations struggle from time to time. The same is true of the National Council of Catholic Women, said former president Joann Hillebrand of Oakbrook. “There are times where you’re barely existing, where you’re having difficulty getting people to come to your meetings, having parishes affiliate. Stick with it. Eventually you’ll be strong […]

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Catholic women throughout diocese are invited to convene Oct. 27 in Champaign

The convention speakers are Joann Hillebrand of Oakbrook, past president of the National Council of Catholic Women, and Bonnie Engstrom of Washington, who has a special connectoin to Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Women throughout central Illinois are invited to take a Saturday off and travel to Champaign to share stories of faith, plan for the future, and encourage one another to “cling to the truth of the Catholic faith” at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s biennial convention. It will be held Oct. 27 at St. […]

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60 ‘Spirit-filled women’ gather here for statewide leadership development event

Peggy Jacques of St. Thomas the Apostle, Peoria Heights; Mary Thissen of St. Matthew, Champaign; Myra Krein of St. Theresa, Palatine; and Celeste Mann of St. Mary, McHenry, work on a problem-solving exercise during the NCCW Leadership Training Development program, held June 23 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Membership, finding new leaders, and interpersonal communication are just some of the concerns that recently brought more than 60 women from around Illinois to Peoria for a Leadership Training Development program designed by the National Council of Catholic Women. Hosted by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Spalding Pastoral Center, the day […]

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54 parish volunteers recognized by Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the volunteers honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women last April. This year's Volunteer Appreciation Mass and Luncheon has been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Quoting from Proverbs 31, Kim Padan told the 54 volunteers who were about to be recognized by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women that “Many do noble things but you surpass them all.” “I know that you women have been doing so many things on a local level — many on the diocesan level […]

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