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Newly ordained Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, grateful for example of Galesburg priests

Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, celebrates his first Mass at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church in Chillum, Maryland, on Dec. 13. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — It wasn’t in big ways that Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, realized God was calling him to priestly ministry. Rather, it was by staying focused on God’s will in the little things of everyday life, and he couldn’t happier. “I feel a great joy and a peace in my heart, to share in the […]

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Ryan Mattingly and Andru O’Brien will be ordained to the priesthood on May 26

Deacon Ryan Mattingly (left) and Deacon Andru O'Brien are pictured in early May on the porch of McSweeny Hall at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. They will be ordained priests for the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 26. (Photo for The Catholic Post by seminarian Nic Wilson)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will ordain two men as priests for the Diocese of Peoria during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 26. The public is invited to the ordination Mass and a reception to follow at the Spalding Pastoral Center. The ordinands are: Deacon Ryan Mattingly, 28, of […]

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Priests Pedaling for Prayers reach finish line, recall blessings of 275-mile trek

Members of the track team from Holy Cross School in Mendota ran with Father Michael Pica, Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek and Deacon Matt Levy as they completed last year's Priests Pedaling for Prayers ride across the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After riding through snow, wind and rain for much of the first three days, the Priests Pedaling for Prayers started to pick up some sunshine on the fourth day of their 275-mile journey and finished strong on “a perfect day” in Mendota on April 20. That seemed appropriate in the middle of the Easter Season, […]

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Emmaus Days drew 136 this summer to consider God’s plan for their lives

High school freshmen and sophomores from around the diocese pray the rosary during Session III of Emmaus Days at Peoria Notre Dame High School. This was the first year Notre Dame hosted two sessions of the vocation awareness summer retreats. (Provided photo)

More than 130 boys and young men were challenged to seek Christ and His plan for their lives during four Emmaus Days vocation awareness retreats this summer sponsored by the diocesan Office of Priestly Vocations. While the first two sessions for college-aged men and juniors and seniors in high school took place at Nazareth House […]

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Deacon Lee Brokaw, Raritan native, to be ordained to the priesthood May 27

Deacon Brokaw was raised on his family's farm in Raritan and earned degrees in agriculture economics and crop and soil management from the University of Illinois before entering the seminary. A tractor and planter provide the background to this photo taken on May 12 as he assisted on the farm prior to his ordination to the priesthood on May 27. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

RARITAN — No priest reaches ordination day alone, and Deacon Lee Brokaw is well aware that his faith and vocation have deep and widespread roots. “My whole family has been really supportive,” said Deacon Brokaw, the son of Patrick and Brenda Brokaw of St. Patrick Parish in Raritan, who will be ordained to the priesthood […]

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‘Hundredfold Workshop’ on Jan. 21 to explore vocations promotion in parishes

Author and speaker Rhonda Gruenewald, developr of the Hundredfold Workshop, will be the presenter at the diocesan event on Jan. 21 at St. Jude Church in Peoria.

People who want to promote vocations to sacramental marriage, the priesthood and consecrated life will get the tools they need to do it at the Hundredfold Workshop, planned for Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Jude Church in Peoria. It will begin with morning prayer at 9 a.m. and promises to send participants out at 2 […]

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Fr. Ted Pracz to mark golden jubilee with April 24 Mass at Holy Family, Danville

Fr. Ted Pracz

HOOPESTON — He consented to be interviewed for his 50th anniversary of ordination, but Father Ted Pracz asked that the story be short and to the point. “God deserves the thanks and the glory,” he said simply. And that’s how Father Pracz will observe his golden jubilee on Sunday, April 24. He plans to celebrate […]

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