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At Jubilarian Mass, priests of the diocese mark milestone years of loving, serving

Father Stephen Willard, pastor of St. Patrick in Washington and St. Monica in East Peoria, sings the Hymn of Thanksgiving, "O God, Beyond All Praising," at the annual Jubilarian Mass on June 21. One of six priests celebrating 25 years of ordination this year, Father Willard will soon begin a new assignment as pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Love was at the heart of Msgr. Mark Merdian’s homily at the annual Jubilarian Mass on June 21 — the love that Jesus has for all people and the love that priests are called to give in imitation of the Good Shepherd. “In every parish where I have loved my people as Jesus loved and […]

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School year ends with words of praise and hope for principals, pastors

Msgr. Paul Showalter, vicar general, presents a token of appreciation to Judy Clark during the end of the school year luncheon hosted by the Office of Catholic Schools. Clark led Corpus Christi School in Bloomington after principal Gwenn Roche moved away midyear. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Looking out over the Catholic school administrators and priests from the Diocese of Peoria, Msgr. Paul Showalter had nothing but words of praise for their work of passing on the faith to the young people in their care. “Each of you, as we gather together today, gives me hope,” Msgr. Showalter said during a Mass […]

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Diocese’s vicar general, 3 pastors are granted senior status effective June 13

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has granted senior status to (from left) Msgr. Paul Showalter, Msgr. Ernest Pizzamiglio, Father Carl LoPresti (upper right) and Father Robert Spilman. Msgr. Showalter, who has served as vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria for 14 years, was given the title vicar general emeritus.

Msgr. Paul Showalter, 77, vicar general of the Diocese of Peoria for 14 years and former pastor of parishes in Peoria, Rock Island, and Nauvoo, will move to senior status effective June 13. He has been granted the honorary title of vicar general emeritus by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, “as a sign of my […]

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