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Diocesan pilgrims brave elements to be among 9,000 at March for Life Chicago

It was easy to pick out the pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria among the 9,000 pro-life advocates in Daley Plaza in Chicago on Jan. 11. They were the ones letting everyone know that "Life Plays in Peoria" as March for Life Chicago began. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — It was a tough year for respect life advocates in Illinois, still mourning the passage of the Reproductive Health Act that made abortion a fundamental right in the state. That didn’t stop March for Life Chicago, however. Organizers moved this year’s event to a bigger venue. According to their estimates, 9,000 people from […]

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Charity on wheels: St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry is blessed and ministry launched

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses a van that will serve as the St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry, a new outreach of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. Looking on at left during the ceremony at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria are Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, director of Catholic Charities, and Suzie Meismer, who will provide case management at the van’s various stops throughout the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There is now a St. Nicholas Day every week in the Diocese of Peoria. On Tuesday morning, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed a white Ford Transit cargo van as the “St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry,” a new outreach of Catholic Charities to serve needs throughout the 26-county diocese. Each week, usually on a Tuesday, the […]

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Sister Ana Pia now full-time director of Office of Evangelization, Faith Formation

Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM

As Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, guided Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria throughout most of this decade, she was sometimes asked to take on additional duties in areas such as Respect Life and Hispanic ministry. A diocesan office she has led since the departure of former director Shirley Plaag last summer — Evangelization […]

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Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, named director of diocese’s Catholic Charities

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, has been named director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. An experienced social worker and educator who for six years served as principal of St. Mary’s Cathedral School in an impoverished section of Miami called Little Haiti, Sister Michelle succeeds Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, who has guided Catholic […]

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Bishop appoints Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, as principal of Peoria Notre Dame

Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, to serve as principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School for the remainder of the current academic year. The announcement was made March 6. Sister Sara, who has taught theology and directed campus ministry at the school for seven years, was to have succeeded […]

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Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM, appointed director of diocese’s Hispanic ministry

Sister Isabel Romero, SCTJM

Asked what non-Spanish speaking Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria should know about the region’s growing Hispanic population, Sister Isabel Romero, SCJTM, had a ready reply: “We are more than what you think we are,” said the diocese’s new Director of Hispanic Ministry, pointing to a recent census that puts the figure at 50,000 — […]

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