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Online survey opens regarding possible new “western” Catholic high school

What do you think about building or opening a new Catholic high school in the Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb area? The Diocese of Peoria is conducting a feasibility study and has taken the next step by publishing a survey online to see what families with school-age children think about the proposal. It is being conducted by Meitler, a […]

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Survey interest in a Catholic high school for Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb area

The proposed Catholic high school would serve the Galesburg-Monmouth-Macomb region.

Interest in Catholic secondary education in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria has led to a feasibility study to determine if a new Catholic high school should be established there. Meitler, a consulting firm from Wisconsin, has been retained to design and conduct a survey in May, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent […]

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Msgr. Mack succeeds Msgr. Pizzamiglio as vicar of the Galesburg Vicariate

Msgr. Thomas Mack

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed Msgr. Thomas Mack as vicar of the Galesburg Vicariate. Msgr. Mack succeeds Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio, longtime pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Galesburg, who had served as vicar of the region for 28 years prior to his move to senior status this month. — Related story: […]

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‘Distinguished’ Monmouth pastor offers enrollment to every child who wants it

Msgr. Thomas Mack makes it a point to visit Immaculate Conception School, Monmouth, several times each day. Just being present to the principal, faculty and staff, and students is important, he said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MONMOUTH — While his official title is pastor, Msgr. Thomas Mack notes that he’s also a pretty good “horse trader” when it comes to getting students enrolled at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. “Don’t ever tell me you can’t afford Catholic education. I’ll get you in here,” he told The Catholic Post during a recent […]

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Office of Catholic Schools names Distinguished Pastor, Teacher for 2017-18

In addition to Distinguished Principal Maureen Bentley, two other “distinguished” members of Catholic school communities in central Illinois are being honored by the Diocese of Peoria’s Office of Catholic Schools this year. They are: Distinguished Pastor: Msgr. Thomas Mack of Immaculate Conception School, Monmouth. He has been pastor at the Monmouth parish, as well as […]

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Monmouth teacher, students record song to support, promote ‘pedaling priests’

Father Tom Otto watches the debut of the music video "Riding for the Lord" after it was recorded April 5 by the students of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. The song supports the bicycle ride across the Diocese of Peoria that Father Otto and two other priests will undertake later this month to seek prayers for priestly vocations. (Provided photo)

MONMOUTH — As Father Tom Otto rides his bike across the Diocese of Peoria to raise prayers for and awareness of vocations, he will have a song in his heart thanks to the students at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. “Riding for the Lord” has lyrics written by music teacher Alisa Ramer and is sung […]

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Pilgrims take prayer on the road for Walk to Mercy in Hancock County

Father Tom Otto heard confessions and talked with pilgrims as they made the Walk to Mercy on Sept. 24. The pilgrimage covered 17 miles of Hancock County roads, starting in Dallas City and ending at the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

NAUVOO — First came the Holy Door and prayers of thanksgiving inside Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Then the pilgrims on the Walk to Mercy sought out shade, water and a place take off their shoes as they celebrated the completion of their 17-mile journey from Dallas City. Some had developed blisters, while others contended […]

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Public Square Rosary Rallies planned on Saturday, Oct. 15, in six communities

(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Public Square Rosary Rallies are being organized in several communities of the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, Oct. 15, to pray for our nation and the conversion of sinners as Our Lady of Fatima requested. According to the organization America Needs Fatima, the rosary will be prayed at more than 16,000 public locations around the […]

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New seminarian invites prayers as he deploys to Afghanistan

New seminarian serving in U.S. Army deploys to Afghanistan

Deployment to the Middle East isn’t one of the usual steps for priestly formation in the Diocese of Peoria, but that seems to be the path on which God has set Monmouth native John Ayers. He wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m not only going to Afghanistan to be a good soldier, but I’m […]

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