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Priests get directives on Mass, sacraments during this ‘difficult moment in history’

Priests of the Diocese of Peoria are shown at last May's Mass of Ordination for Father Daniel McShane at St. Mary's Cathedral. (The Catholic Post file/Tom Dermody)

“I suspect that we shall remember these times for the rest of our lives.” So wrote Msgr. Philip D. Halfacre, vicar general, in a letter to priests of the Diocese of Peoria after Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, suspended all Masses March 13 because of coronavirus concerns. The letter to priests included a series of […]

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Meet the six latest priests from Africa to assist parishes in the Diocese of Peoria

In recent months, the Diocese of Peoria welcomed six more priests from Africa to assist at parishes. They and their nations of origin are, left from top, Father Odilon Kofi Amenyaglo, SMA (Togo), Father Narcisio Bagumisiriza (Uganda), and Father Dagobert Kabendera (Tanzania); right from top, Father Fulgens Rutatekururwa (Tanzania), Father Remigius Bukuru Ntahondi (Tanzania), and Father John Twinomujuni (Uganda/Rwanda).

Six priests from various nations in Africa began service in parishes of the Diocese of Peoria in recent months. Most learned about our diocese through priest friends in their home dioceses or religious communities already serving here. All are grateful for the welcome they have received. “My first months spent in America have been full […]

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Six more priests from Africa being welcomed to Diocese of Peoria, assigned

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has welcomed six priests from various locations in Africa to serve in the Diocese of Peoria. The six, whose assignments appear below and who will be profiled in a future issue of The Catholic Post, join about a dozen priests from Africa already serving in parishes and medical centers within […]

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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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Twenty-three priests receive new assignments; full appointment list here

Twenty-three priests are receiving new assignments in appointments announced this month by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. The changes will result in a dozen parishes receiving new pastors and two high schools — Alleman in Rock Island and The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign — getting new chaplains. For the full list […]

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Priests renew promises as sacramental oils are blessed at annual Chrism Mass

The permanent deacons of the Diocese of Peoria offer applause for the priests (standing), who renewed their commitment to priestly service at the Chrism Mass. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems

God is capable of speaking to his disciples in a “still small voice,” but during Holy Week the Lord is much more direct, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said in his homily at the Chrism Mass on March 27. “In the life, the suffering, the death and the rising of Christ, God Himself is almost […]

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Priests complete ‘incredible’ ride across diocese to inspire prayers for vocations

After riding a little more than 340 miles over five days, Father Michael Pica, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Tom Otto stand just inside Indiana on April 28, bringing “Priests Pedaling for Prayers” to a close. Behind them is one of the support vehicles that accompanied them on the joureny to raise prayers for and awareness of vocations. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

After riding their bicycles a little more than 340 miles over five days, three young priests of the Diocese of Peoria sailed across the Indiana state line on April 28, bringing “Priests Pedaling for Prayers” to a close. “It does seem a little surreal,” said Father Tom Otto of Monmouth at journey’s end. “Things like […]

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Priests renew vows, holy oils are blessed during Chrism Mass at cathedral

Consecrated women and men, lay faithful and Catholic school students and administrators offered an extended round of applause for their parish priests and chaplains after the clergy renewed their commitment to priestly service at the Chrism Mass April 11. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Every Mass is holy beyond compare, but the Chrism Mass is “an extraordinary moment of grace” in the life of the church, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the annual Holy Week liturgy on April 11. It is a time when Catholic priests throughout the world […]

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“If God calls us . . .”: Diocese of Peoria celebrates its jubilarian priests

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria concelebrate the Jubilarian Mass with Bishop Jenky on June 23 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Applause filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria as priests celebrating milestone anniversaries were honored at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. Praising their commitment, he called them “irreplaceable in the life of our community” and said, “Our hearts are filled with love and gratitude for their ministry.” Also honored was the newest […]

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Chrism Mass: Prefer nothing to the love, glory of the Lord, urges Bishop Jenky

Priests from throughout the Diocese of Peoria concelebrate the Chrism Mass with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on March 22. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Serving God is no little thing and should fill us with wonder, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told those who filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria for the annual Chrism Mass on March 22. Even so, it is possible to “go through the motions of outward service to God and neighbor without any inward sense […]

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