Life lesson when Biking for Babies team stop in Rock Island didn’t go as planned

Father Charles Klamut welcomes Biking for Babies co-founder Jimmy Becker and a team of cyclists to a stop at St. Mary Church in Rock Island July 13. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — An evening stop at St. Mary Parish here July 13 after a day of bicycling that began in Madison, Wisconsin, didn’t go as planned for the Biking for Babies team, but organization co-founder Jimmy Becker saw a pro-life lesson even in the flat tires and route changes that led to their two-hour […]

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Optimism, resolve blend at Life Rally in Peoria on eve of inauguration

Among those taking part in a prayerful walk in downtown Peoria against abortion on Jan. 19 were four members of the Franciscan Sisters of John the Baptist. From left, they are Sister Marion Hudacova, Mother Vaclava Ballon, Sister Lea Stefancova and Sister Salezia Rudyova. The walk preceded a Life Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Nearing age 90 with the latter half of his life devoted to the pro-life movement,  Joe Scheidler struck an optimistic tone Jan. 19 as he challenged his Peoria audience to “stay firm in your convictions.” “Abortions are down,” he said near the conclusion of the annual Life Rally sponsored by Central Illinois Right to Life […]

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‘Vote Pro-Life’ yard signs promoted by volunteers at Holy Cross, Champaign

"Vote Pro-Life" yard signs dot the parish grounds at Holy Cross, Champaign. The signs are a volunteer project of the parish's pro-life committee. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Amid all the name-calling of this year’s election season come yard signs in area neighborhoods that promote voting for a bunch of real babies. “Vote Pro-Life” is the message of the signs, a project of pro-life committee volunteers at Holy Cross Parish in Champaign. The professional signs, produced at a discounted cost by […]

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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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Parish respect life coordinators pray, then plan at ‘Moved by Mercy’ retreat

Leo Grimes of St. Mary Parish in Bloomington venerates a relic of St. John Paul II being held by Father William Miller, IC, during the Aug. 20 retreat. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WEST PEORIA — When parish respect life coordinators come together each August, they usually are ready to hit the ground running. This year they were asked to slow down, however, and spend time reflecting on the love and the mercy of God. “We wanted to give this day to you as a gift of appreciation […]

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No rest after Brittney Morales’ 3,000-mile pro-life missionary walk across the U.S.

Brittney Morales, a former counselor at the Women's Care Center in Peoria, is pictured (far right, with arm outstretched) in Washington, D.C. after completing the three-month Crossroads Southern Pro-Life Walk Across America. (Provided photo)

NEW YORK CITY — After walking more than 3,000 miles as a missionary for the pro-life cause, most people would be ready for a nice, long rest. Not Brittney Morales. The former counselor at the Women’s Care Center in Peoria completed the Crossroads Southern Pro-Life Walk Across America on Aug. 13 in Washington, D.C. A […]

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Why Brittney Morales will walk 3,000 miles for pro-life cause this summer

Brittney Morales of St. Philomena Parish in Peoria shows the southern route across the United States she will walk this summer as part of the Crossroads pro-life mission. (Provided photo)

At 28, Brittney Morales knows that people her age are targeted by a culture that promotes a contraceptive mentality and casual attitude toward abortion. She is committed to fighting that, even if it means walking 3,000 miles this summer to prove it. Morales, an active member of the young adult group at St. Philomena Parish […]

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Diocesan groups among 5,000 March for Life Chicago participants

CHICAGO — Frigid temperatures were no match for the warm hearts more than 5,000 people from across the Midwest brought to March for Life Chicago on Jan. 17. Among them were many “ambassadors of the pro-life cause” from the Diocese of Peoria. A bus pilgrimage sponsored by the diocese included 90 people, half of them […]

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Week of pro-life efforts in diocese culminates with ‘spiritual warfare’

A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe is brought forward at the start of the diocese-wide Mass and Holy Hour of Reparation and Healing at St. Joseph Church in Peoria on Jan. 22. Our Lady's intercession was frequently asked in prayers seeking an end to abortion and encounters of mercy for mothers and fathers of aborted children. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

A week of pro-life activities culminated in the Diocese of Peoria with hundreds joining Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at St. Joseph Church in Peoria for two hours of “spiritual warfare” that included a declaration that “we are not in a battle with those who have had an abortion.” “That may be stating the obvious, […]

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Blizzard won’t stop march, but safety concerns cancel some trips to D.C.

Students from the pro-life group at Galesburg High School take part in the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Those going to this year's march are keeping an eye on the weather, as a major snowstorm is forecast to being in the nation's capital on Friday. (File photo/Provided)

By Jennifer Brinker / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Sometimes being pro-life means making difficult decisions. Because of a predicted snowstorm in Washington, some planned pilgrimages to the March for Life are being canceled. Groups from five Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria, however, have reportedly arrived safely and plan to return […]

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