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Requiem Mass offered on centenary of death of diocese’s founding bishop

At the Requiem Mass on Aug. 24, a bishop's miter and pectoral cross were placed on a platform draped in black and surrounded by six tall candles in honor of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, the Diocese of Peoria's founding bishop who died 100 years ago. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  With ancient texts and chants, the people gathered in the newly restored St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria remembered the diocese’s first spiritual father, Bishop John Lancaster Spalding, at a Requiem Mass on Aug. 24. It was the first of several opportunities to pray and give thanks during Founder’s Weekend. While the cathedral was stripped […]

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