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Diocese receives, celebrates and shares the gift of Divine Mercy at services

Father Daniel Gifford offers a reflection on Divine Mercy at St. John's Catholic Chapel in Champaign, the site of one of several regional celebrations in the Diocese of Peoria on April 3. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — The Door of Mercy at St. John’s Catholic Chapel was well used on Divine Mercy Sunday as people entered to seek the sacrament of reconciliation, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, and sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy together. The door swings both ways, however, Father Daniel Gifford reminded them during his reflection on […]

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Sister Sandra Brunenn re-elected prioress by Rock Island Benedictine community

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, is pictured with (left) Sister Kerry O'Reilly, OSB, president of the Federation of St. Benedict, and (right) Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, OSB, discernment facilitator for the process leading to Sister Sandra's election as prioress. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, has been chosen by the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery to continue as prioress for the next four years. She was installed during a simple ceremony immediately after her election on April 4. A festive brunch followed for the community’s 39 members and their guests. Among them […]

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Father Mirabelli: the ‘backbone’ of Alleman High School for 50 years

Father Daniel Mirabelli, CSV, is pictured with the Alleman Ambassadors during a recent visit to Seton Catholic School in Moline. Father Mirabelli has served at Alleman High School in Rock Island for 50 years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — In many ways the ministry of Viatorian Father Daniel Mirabelli is like the sugar maple tree that was planted to mark his 50th anniversary at Alleman High School: sturdy, dependable, full of color and life, and capable of great things. The tree, which sits at the front of the school building, replaces […]

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‘Rich in Mercy’ theme of Art of Faith show, sale in Rock Island March 5-6

ROCK ISLAND — More than 20 artists will share their vision of how God is “Rich in Mercy” during the Fifth Annual Art of Faith Show and Sale, which is planned for Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6. It will be held in Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Church, 2901 24th St. As […]

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Full text of funeral Mass homily for Father Johnjoseph DePorres Logan

Father Logan

Editor’s note: Following is the full text of the homily from the Feb. 15, 2016 funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Rock Island for Father Johnjoseph DePorres “Jerry” Logan. The homilist was Father Michael Schaab. Click here for Father Logan’s obituary. — When Father Logan and I were stationed together, it sometimes occurred on Saturdays that […]

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Father Logan remembered as ‘kind, dedicated’ at funeral Mass in Rock Island

Father Logan

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Feb. 15 at Sacred Heart Church here for Father Johnjoseph DePorres “Jerry” Logan, administrator of Sacred Heart and St. Mary parishes in Rock Island. Father Logan, whose 37 years of priestly life included service at all Rock Island parishes as well as periods as pastor […]

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Alleman’s Lynn VanDeHeede is diocese’s Distinguished Teacher for 2015-2016

Lynn VanDeHeede meets with seniors Ally Zahringer, Rachel Elliott and Kyler Yodts to plan an activity at Alleman High School in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  ROCK ISLAND — Counseling at Alleman High School changed when Lynn VanDeHeede became the director of the department 11 years ago. A teacher who enjoyed her time in the classroom, she didn’t want to be isolated from the students or see them only when something got serious enough to require intervention. With Kathy Miller […]

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