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St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria, wins IESA Class 7-2A state basketball championship

The state champion Peoria St. Vincent de Paul Vikings hoist the IESA Class 7-2A trophy to cap a 28-1 season. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hard work on the court and generous service off it are part of the team chemistry that resulted in a state championship for the seventh grade boys’ basketball team of St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria on Feb. 7. The Vikings used a 12-4 third quarter spurt to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and […]

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Meet the fifth-grade artist who designed Bishop Jenky’s 2018 Christmas card

Isabella Schmillen of St. Mark School in Peoria holds her winning artwork that was chosen for the cover of the Christmas cards sent out by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. On the back she wrote her own sentiment: "Never forget to always love God." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

She may only be a fifth-grader at St. Mark School in Peoria, but Isabella Schmillen is no novice when it comes to art. Anyone who received a Christmas card from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has seen her drawing of the Nativity, which put Jesus, Mary and Joseph under a sky filled with gold stars. […]

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Meet caring, joyful Msgr. Brian Brownsey: Distinguished School Pastor of the Year

While he doesn't get into the classroom as often as he'd like, Msgr. Brian Brownsey tries to get over to St. Mark School in Peoria a couple times during the week, even if it's just to walk through the cafeteria or see students on the playground. "When I go to school and see my kids, I get new life," he said. (Provided photo)

He might have been named the Distinguished School Pastor of the Year, but Msgr. Brian K. Brownsey, pastor of St. Mark Parish and School in Peoria, prefers to expand the spotlight. “I just did what everybody else does,” he said simply. “Our principal, Noreen Dillon, is top-notch. If there’s anything good at St. Mark’s, it’s […]

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Freedom-from-pornography ministry is part of evangelization today, priests told

Father Sean Kilcawley speaks to priests of the Diocese of Peoria who gathered Oct. 23-24 for their annual Assembly Days at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Pornography is so prevalent in our culture that working to free Catholics from it should not be viewed as a “special ministry” but rather a “foundation for the evangelization work of the church.” That was one message brought to priests of the Diocese of Peoria Oct. 23 by Father Sean Kilcawley, a priest of the […]

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More schools and parishes are adopting the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Everything in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium is made of real materials that are child-sized. Here, St. Philomena kindergarten teacher Debbie Salander works with Claire King, who is learning more about the Mass at an altar with a real chalice, ciborium and candles. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As children around the Diocese of Peoria returned to school this week, they were greeted by their principals, teachers, and the best friend they will ever have: Jesus, the Good Shepherd. While he is the primary teacher in every Catholic school, Jesus is the only teacher for a religion program known as the Catechesis of […]

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Leave comfort places and ‘rise up,’ charismatics urged at conference

Dodo Soglohun of Christ the King in Moline is prayed over by Father Mark Goring as the healing service at the 32nd annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference begins July 28. Many prayed to be baptized in the Spirit and come into a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit during the afternoon service. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

If members of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Peoria were ever tempted to be complacent, they were encouraged to get that notion out of their heads by a speaker so filled with the Holy Spirit that she bounced up and down. “The first thing we need to do is come out of […]

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Three Catholic school principals are retiring as school year comes to an end

Joe McDaniel, Jodi Peine, and Jerry Carls are retiring, although not for the first time, as principals as the academic year comes to an end. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Three principals serving in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria are retiring as the academic year comes to an end. Jerry Carls, principal of Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle for two years, and Joe McDaniel, principal of Holy Cross in Champaign, each stepped in on an interim basis until permanent principals could be found. […]

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Entire student body of St. Joseph, Pekin, celebrates patron’s feast with pilgrimage

Sister Merlinda, FAS, greets Kim Terry and her third-graders from St. Joseph School in Pekin, who are decorating brown bags that will be used to serve lunch to patrons of Sophia's Kitchen at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Say “pilgrimage” and people usually think of the Holy Land or Ireland or Spain. For students at St. Joseph School in Pekin, however, Peoria proved to be a wonderful destination when they celebrated their patron’s feast day on March 19. The entire student body — 131 students — boarded buses to travel to St. Joseph […]

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Fr. Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., 80, dies; funeral Mass is Jan. 20 in Chicago

Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv.

CHICAGO — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., a former pastor of parishes in Peoria, Wenona, Lostant, Minonk, Rutland, and Toluca. Father Luke, who served as provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of […]

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