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Deacon Lee Brokaw, Raritan native, to be ordained to the priesthood May 27

Deacon Brokaw was raised on his family's farm in Raritan and earned degrees in agriculture economics and crop and soil management from the University of Illinois before entering the seminary. A tractor and planter provide the background to this photo taken on May 12 as he assisted on the farm prior to his ordination to the priesthood on May 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

RARITAN — No priest reaches ordination day alone, and Deacon Lee Brokaw is well aware that his faith and vocation have deep and widespread roots. “My whole family has been really supportive,” said Deacon Brokaw, the son of Patrick and Brenda Brokaw of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan, who will be ordained to the priesthood […]

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Bishop shares ‘secret’ to a joyful life as Annual Diocesan Appeal opens April 1-2

Sister Salezia Rudyova, FSJB, left, and Mother Vaclava Ballon, FSJB, prepare packets of promotional materials for the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal to be sent to parishes around the Diocese of Peoria. Sister Salezia, an assistant in the Office of Stewardship and Development, is in her third year as coordinator of the appeal. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The invitation to support the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal, which will be promoted in all parishes of the Diocese of Peoria the weekend of April 1-2, comes with a bonus — the secret of a happy life. “It’s simple,” says Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, in an eight-minute video to be shown at Masses next […]

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