Father Ric says love fuels the ‘action on Jackson’ at St. Mary, Bloomington

Father Ric Schneider, OFM, speaks with Rosalie Phalen after the 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 24. "We hate to see them go," she said of the Franciscan friars, who have staffed the parish for 135 years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Soon it will be priests of the Diocese of Peoria who will be responsible for the “action on Jackson,” which is how members refer to St. Mary Parish, based at 527 W. Jackson St. That action — from the bustle of the school, to the spirited Hispanic presence, to the outreach to the […]

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‘Painful decision’: Franciscans will leave St. Mary, Bloomington after 135 years

Father Ric Schneider, OFM, who has served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Bloomington for 23 years, receives a hug from a parishioner following the 9 a.m. Mass on Jan. 24. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — After 135 years of pastoral leadership at St. Mary Parish in Bloomington, the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province will return care of the faith community to the Diocese of Peoria in June. The announcement was made “with a very heavy heart” at all parish Masses the weekend of Jan. 23-24 […]

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