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Peoria is now base for ‘Heroic Families’ founder; hopes to speak at many parishes

Dr. Peter Howard stands near a photo of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria Museums at the Spalding Pastoral Center. Archbishop Sheen's "prophetic wisdom and spiritual legacy" is a favorite topic as Howard speaks around the country. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Comic books, TV shows and movie screens are packed with superheroes and their feats and as much fun as that can be, there’s nothing fictional about the need for heroes in family life today, according to theologian Peter Howard. Rather than using superpowers, however, these heroes must rely on the power of God to save […]

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As Year of Mercy nears Nov. 20 end, its fruits are evident around diocese

Father Tom Otto opens the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo at the conclusion of a 17-mile Walk to Mercy pilgrimage on Sept. 24. The Year of Mercy ends on Nov. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, it is with grateful hearts that pastors, chaplains and pastoral ministers note that people of all ages accepted the invitation to experience God’s mercy for themselves and extend it to others. “I’ve had the grace of being the pastor of two Holy Doors — the […]

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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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The five “P’s” of pro-life explained by keynoter at annual Respect Life Dinner

Following his Oct. 2 keynote presentation at the Respect Life Dinner in Peoria, Father Dennis Wilde, OSA -- associate director of Priests for Life and a professional pianist -- had the crowd clapping along with a rousing medley of patriotic and spiritual tunes. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Planned Parenthood may have two “P’s,” but those attending the 35th annual Respect Life Dinner in Peoria on Oct. 2 were given five “P” words with which to promote and defend the sanctity of all human life: prayer, persuasion, political responsibility, presence, and perseverance. “The other side wants the public to think that we’re condemning […]

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Cathedral Mass will honor St. Teresa of Kolkata, Missionaries of Charity Sept. 10

This statue of St. Teresa of Kolkata outside of St. Mary's Cathedral commemorates her visit on Dec. 10,1995. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Thousands of people from around the world filled St. Peter’s Square in Rome last Sunday to hear Pope Francis “declare and define” Mother Teresa’s sainthood, but that kind of good news isn’t something that can be confined to one day. The celebration continues this Saturday, Sept. 10, with a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in […]

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Missionaries of Charity have been bringing Jesus to Peoria for 25 years

Sister M. Rosetta, MC, (foreground) and Sister M. Angeles, MC, smile as students in the Missionaries of Charity summer camp begin a procession at the Bishop Franz Center in Peoria. (Provided photo)

At the Sept. 10 diocesan celebration to give thanks for the life of St. Teresa of Kolkata and observe the 25th anniversary of her community’s arrival in central Illinois, some of the choicest seats in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria will be reserved for the poor. The new saint wouldn’t have it any other way, […]

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Galesburg, Champaign, Bloomington are stops Sept. 16-19 on tour of Fatima statue

Patrick Sabat, the principal custodian of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, has been traveling with the statue since 2003.

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, on a two-year “Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary in the Portugal village, will be hosted in Galesburg, Champaign and Bloomington from Sept. 16-19. The statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim on instructions from Sister Lucia, who […]

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Grateful diocese celebrates founding bishop, St. Mary’s Cathedral restoration

The newly restored sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria is seen in this photo from the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The founding bishop of the Diocese of Peoria and a restoration of the cathedral he built were celebrated in five days of events that linked the past, present, and future of the Catholic Church in central Illinois. “There is an awful lot of happiness in this cathedral this afternoon,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Shoe drives seek donations at OSF Bloomington sites, Peoria-area parishes

Catholic parishes and institutions are drop-off sites in major drives for new or gently used shoes now taking place in the Bloomington and Peoria regions. Here are the details. SEEK 30,000 PAIRS OF SHOES IN AUGUST; 10 PEORIA-AREA PARISHES AMONG DROP-OFF SITES MORTON — Are there 30,000 pairs of shoes in closets around central Illinois […]

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Bake sales, blessings will help family experience World Youth Day together

Sporting their World Youth Day 2016 t-shirts are members of the Conley family of St. Mark Parish in Peoria, who will join a pilgrimage to Poland that is leaving July 15. From left are Maddie, 21, Drew, 14, Jack, 18, mother D’Arcy, and Grace, 16. Prayer intentions they have collected in recent months fill a large bowl on the table. The Conleys are shown with an image of St. John Paul II, the Poland native who initiated World Youth Day, that hangs in their living room. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“If you’re going to fundraise for one, why not fundraise for all?” So says D’Arcy Conley in explaining how she and her four children — members of St. Mark Parish in Peoria — have been working since February to raise money to travel to Poland this month for World Youth Day with Pope Francis. With […]

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