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Two men from Canton correctional center baptized, welcomed to the ‘family’

Father Daniel Ebker pours water over Reed Catalano during the first of two baptisms on April 24 at the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. Assisting is Deacon Joe LaHood, coordinator of prison ministry for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CANTON – Surrounded by the love of God and the Catholic community of central Illinois, two men at the Illinois River Correctional Center were received into the Catholic Church on April 24. Father Daniel Ebker, pastor at St. Mary Parish in Canton, baptized and confirmed Reed Catalano and Willie Davis, who also received Communion during […]

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Cursillo volunteers’ dedication to prison ministry recognized by Canton facility

Sheila Kaurin, left, of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Morton, and Carrie Harp of St. Mary Parish, Canton, are co-recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CANTON — Prison ministry isn’t for everyone, but Sheila Kaurin of Morton and Carrie Harp of Canton feel nothing but gratitude that they are able to take Cursillo into the Illinois River Correctional Center and share faith with the inmates there. For their kindness, compassion and dedication, Kaurin and Harp were named co-recipients of the […]

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Taking Cursillo into prisons not just a work of mercy, it’s a work of love

More than 50 men at the Danville Correctional Center took the opportunity to participate in the Cursillo weekend in September. Many of them were committed Christians who were well-versed in the Bible, which team members found humbling and inspiring. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

DANVILLE — Driving to the Danville Correctional Center with a Cursillo team recently, Laura Mohrbacher admits to feeling some apprehension. Prisons always seemed like dark, dangerous places and she had no intention of going into one — even for Cursillo. God kept tapping her on the shoulder, however, asking her to think about it. Since […]

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