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Eucharistic adoration ‘cut me to the heart,’ says RCIA candidate from Morton

Henry Wefer, who is preparing to be received into the church at St. Monica in East Peoria at the Easter Vigil, enjoys a moment with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. “He was very quick to a joke, which I think suits him well,” he said of the bishop. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While many people who attended the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion were at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the first time, it has become something of a spiritual home for Henry Wefer from Morton. In fact, it was encountering Jesus in the Eucharist during adoration that brought him to where he is now. […]

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285 continue faith journey at Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, greets Donald Kotsikpa, a catechuman from Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Silvis during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion on Feb. 29 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Facilitating the introduction is Deacon Al Angelo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Henry Wefer of Morton can’t wait until the Easter Vigil, when he will be confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. “It’s what I want more than anything,” said the 18-year-old college freshman, who will be received into the Catholic Church at St. Monica in East Peoria on April 11. “I’m burning for […]

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Faith journey continues for candidates, catechumens at Rite of Election liturgies

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, greets Tony Raya from St. Mary in Moline, who will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Presenting him is Father Antonio Dittmer, pastor. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Judy Garmon of St. Mary Parish in Hampton couldn’t stop gazing up at the ceiling of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “It looks like the heavens,” she said, asking about the symbols painted among the stars. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, smiled broadly as he saw Garmon and 285 other people who are preparing to […]

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Faith journeys of 238 continue; Rite of Election set at cathedral March 9, 10

In this scene from last year's Rite of Election at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, Shawn Chakraborty of St. John's Catholic Newman Center in Champaign shares a light moment with Bishop Jenky as Father Robert Lampitt, chaplain and director of the Newman Center, looks on. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Breaking with tradition, the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be held Saturday, March 9, as well as the First Sunday of Lent, March 10, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The prayer service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. In past years, the celebrations have […]

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For new mother from East Moline parish, ‘it was time’ to join the Catholic Church

Heather Sacco, holding her 12-week-old daughter Natalie, is flanked by her mother-in-law and sponsor, Terri Sacco, and husband, Nick, after the Rite of Election at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 18. Already baptized, Heather will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on March 31 at St. Anne Church in East Moline."It's just such a blessing," Terri Sacco said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Heather Sacco has been going to Mass at St. Anne Church in East Moline since she started dating her husband, Nick, eight years ago. It surprised a few people, then, when she recently stood in front of the assembly and declared her intention to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at […]

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Anticipation of Easter joy evident as hundreds open Lent with Rite of Election

Sue Calderon reaches out to shake Bishop Jenky's hand after she and Father Paul Carlson of the LaSalle Catholic Community presented Matthew Franklin at the Rite of Election Feb. 18 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Franklin will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on March 31. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Even as Lent was beginning, the anticipation of Easter joy could be seen in the faces of the 177 men, women and children who were presented to Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, at the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion on Feb. 18, the First Sunday of Lent, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. […]

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Nearly 300 to take next step in faith journey during Rites of Election

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, of St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul introduces a candidate to Bishop Jenky during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last spring. This year's ceremonies will take place Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. (The Catholic Post file/Jennifer Willems)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will welcome nearly 300 children, women and men to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria over the next two weekends as they begin the final period of preparation to be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated […]

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Catechumen from Lincoln finds answers as he journeys into the Catholic Church

Matt Bidwell of Lincoln (left) and his sponsor, Dan Landess, are pictured with Bishop Jenky after the Rite of Election on March 5. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LINCOLN — Answers. Matt Bidwell looked for them for much of his 29 years. Standing in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, he was certain he’d found what he had been seeking in the Catholic Church. He will be baptized with his son, Roman, […]

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Rite of Election, one of most ‘beautiful’ and ‘happiest’ events, welcomes 437

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, of St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul introduces a candidate to Bishop Jenky during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last spring. This year's ceremonies will take place Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. (The Catholic Post file/Jennifer Willems)

As a Marine traveling the world, Matt Bidwell of Lincoln witnessed many ceremonies, but the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday eclipsed them all. “It was honestly one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever seen. This was so powerful,” said Bidwell, who will be […]

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