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Seminarian Austin Bosse — and his author Mom — are embraced by Macomb parish

Author Rosie Bosse talks with students of St. Paul School in Macomb about farming, her book, "Curley, the Orphan Calf," and her son, seminarian Austin Bosse, who served at the Macomb parish over the summer. She also visited Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth and read to the students there. Provided photo

MACOMB — As seminarian Austin Bosse served at St. Paul Church here over the summer, the parish families fell in love with him and the children grew a little bit closer to God as he guided them through the ins and outs of being altar servers and helped with Totus Tuus. The connection grew even […]

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Gradual process took him to seminary and now he tells others: ‘Be not afraid’

Nicholas Conner, a graduate of Holy Family School in Peoria and Peoria Notre Dame, was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Peoria last year and is studying at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Photo by Nellie Photography)

Nicholas Conner tried to ignore it, but God’s call to explore the priesthood wouldn’t go away. “In moments of prayer and contemplation, that’s how it would always come back,” said the Peoria native and graduate of Holy Family School and Peoria Notre Dame. “I could never shake it.” Now he doesn’t want to. Accepted as […]

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Ryan Mattingly and Andru O’Brien will be ordained to the priesthood on May 26

Deacon Ryan Mattingly (left) and Deacon Andru O'Brien are pictured in early May on the porch of McSweeny Hall at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. They will be ordained priests for the Diocese of Peoria by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Saturday, May 26. (Photo for The Catholic Post by seminarian Nic Wilson)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will ordain two men as priests for the Diocese of Peoria during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 26. The public is invited to the ordination Mass and a reception to follow at the Spalding Pastoral Center. The ordinands are: Deacon Ryan Mattingly, 28, of […]

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New seminarian credits eucharistic adoration, service for his vocation

New seminarian Nathan Hopper said he is grateful to the people of the Diocese of Peoria for their support and prayers, and he continues to pray for them in return. Provided photo

Last fall, nine men were accepted as the newest seminarians for the Diocese of Peoria. Among them was Nathan Hopper, who is attending Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland and in his first year of pre-theology studies. “I am so excited to be studying to become a priest for the Diocese of Peoria,” said […]

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Seminarian Danny McShane strives to be transformed by God’s love, share it

Danny McShane of Lincoln is studying to be a priest for the Diocese of Peoria at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Photo by Nellie Photography)

Danny McShane already has a wealth of experience to bring to priestly ministry. A seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, he organized Mount2000, a eucharistic retreat offered entirely by the seminarians for more than 1,000 high school students, this year. For the last two summers, he has been responsible for running Emmaus […]

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Seminarian Nic Wilson creates bust of Bishop Spalding for museum exhibit

Seminarian Nic Wilson shows a picture of Bishop John Lancaster Spalding as he poses with a likeness of the Diocese of Peoria's founding bishop that he created in clay. This was his first attempt. A second version is now a part of a new exhibit at the diocesan museum honoring Bishop Spalding on the centennial of his death.

The bust of Archbishop John Lancaster Spalding that peers at visitors to his new exhibit at the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria is surrounded by artifacts more than a century old, including a chalice from 1878 and vestments the first Bishop of Peoria wore at his episcopal silver jubilee in 1902. The age of […]

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Seminarian’s road hasn’t been straight, but every step has been worth it

Taylor Caputo (third from left) takes a break while hiking with other men discerning their call to priesthood. He said the idea of being a priest filled him with joy and more peace than he had ever known. (Provided photo)

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Taylor Caputo was working in an architecture studio at the University of Illinois when he started to wonder if that career path was taking him in the right direction. “What’s the purpose of all this? Don’t you want your life to have meaning?” he asked himself. “Maybe I could be a priest.” […]

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New seminarian invites prayers as he deploys to Afghanistan

New seminarian serving in U.S. Army deploys to Afghanistan

Deployment to the Middle East isn’t one of the usual steps for priestly formation in the Diocese of Peoria, but that seems to be the path on which God has set Monmouth native John Ayers. He wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m not only going to Afghanistan to be a good soldier, but I’m […]

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