Cathedral’s new sacred music director sets lofty goals, issues wide invitations

Jon Kroepel, organist at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, will also now serve as director of sacred music there. (Provided photo)

It was what he observed while playing the organ for liturgies at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria that brought Jon Kroepel into the Catholic Church at last year’s Easter Vigil. Now he will get to inspire others as the new director of sacred music there. Kroepel succeeds Greg Etzel in the position, which has been […]

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Ground blessed, construction begins on OSF ‘Almost Home Kids’ facility in Peoria

Taking part in groundbreaking ceremonies in Peoria on Nov. 15 for the Almost Home Kids facility to be owned and operated by OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois were, from left: Dr. Suzanne White; Dr. Jeffrey Ruskusky; Debbie Grisko, president and executive director of Almost Home Kids; Robert Sehring, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare; Dr. Michael Cruz, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center; Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of the board for OSF HealthCare System; Kelly Nierstedt, president of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Dr. Divya Joshi, chief executive officer of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois; Theresa Murphy, strategic philanthropy officer of OSF HealthCare; and Jay Harms, a member of the Children’s Hospital of Illinois Community Advisory Board. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Proclaiming it “holy ground in the service of human life,” OSF HealthCare officials hosted blessing ceremonies Nov. 15 as construction began on an $8.5 million transitional home for children with complicated health needs to be located at 5200 N. Hamilton Road in Peoria. The 21,000-square-foot home will be the third “Almost Home Kids” facility in […]

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Budding scientists at St. Philomena, Peoria, track eclipse, link it with faith

Armed with their observation sheets to collect data, junior high students at St. Philomena School, Peoria, tracked the solar eclipse from beginning to end. (Provided photo)

Viewing a solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the budding scientists at St. Philomena School in Peoria were determined not to waste it. That’s good news for everyone, especially the scientists at NASA. Their observations will be sent to the space agency and studied along with findings from people across the United States, according […]

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Karley Bates joins staff of diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation

Karley Bates

Karley Bates, a native of Galesburg and now a member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria, has joined the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation as programs coordinator. “We’re excited to have Karley on board,” said Shirley Plaag, director. “She’s extremely enthusiastic about working here.” Bates, a product of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg […]

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‘Joy of the Lord’ strengthens 220 at Catholic Charismatic Renewal event

Sister Linda Koontz, SNJM, a keynote speaker for the 31st annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference on July 29, encourages people not to be shy in opening their mouths to praise Jesus and seeking his help as she prays. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

People filled with the Holy Spirit should not walk around like “sad sacks,” but rather put on their “garment of praise” and let everyone know the cause of their joy — Jesus Christ. That is exactly what 220 people did during the 31st annual Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference, which was held July 29 at the […]

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With the pastor away, the kittens came to play at Sacred Heart Parish, Peoria

Father Alex Millar, parochial vicar for the parishes in the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community, happily serves as a perch for his young visitor July 19. "We had three cats when I was growing up," he explained. Recognizing a kindred spirit, the kittens all found their way into his office at one point or another. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

St. Francis of Assisi would be proud. The staff at Sacred Heart Parish in Peoria opened its doors to five kittens from Peoria County Animal Protection Services July 19 as part of “Warm and Fuzzy” Wednesdays.” A collaboration with the Peoria Humane Society, the initiative brings the young felines to an area business once a […]

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Bishop from the Philippines to be in Peoria July 22 for Santo Nino devotions

Bishop David William V. Antonio, apostolic administrator of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines, will concelebrate Mass for the Peoria-area Filipino community at St. Joseph Church in Peoria on July 22. The Mass will also include a procession and blessing of Santo Nino icons, such as the one pictured at right.

The Filipino-American community of central Illinois is preparing to welcome a special guest to its celebration for the 19th anniversary of the enthronement of the Santo Niño de Cebu at St. Joseph Church in Peoria. He is Bishop David William V. Antonio, who was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Nuevo Segovia, Philippines, in […]

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41 women honored at DCCW Appreciation Luncheon; two special awards bestowed

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, is surrounded by the men and women honored with special awards or certificates of appreciation by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 27. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Much of what they do may go unseen, but Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, assured the volunteers being honored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on April 27 that their hard work has not gone unnoticed. “You folks do so much in honor of your church. Please know your bishop — and more […]

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Hundreds of Catholic men challenged to discipleship at annual march and Mass

Hundreds of men from throughout the Diocese of Peoria near the end of their march through downtown Peoria in a public defense of faith, family, and the priesthood on April 29. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Through the witness of 12 disciples, Jesus changed the world. Catholic men today can change the world by focusing on just one or two people. That was among the challenges issued to hundreds of men from throughout the Diocese of Peoria who braved a rainy, chilly Saturday morning to take part in the annual public […]

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‘Spectacular’ new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria is completed, blessed

Guests arrive for the April 26 celebration dinner and blessing ceremony for the new St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

After describing it with superlatives including “spectacular” and “beautiful,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed the newly completed St. Philomena Parish Center in Peoria before a celebration dinner at the $4 million facility on April 26. “This is going to be an engine for all the things you do,” said Bishop Jenky of the 20,000-square-foot […]

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