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3 Pierced Heart Sisters bring the gift of religious life to Newman Center at U of I

Sister Clara Maria Malay, Sister Lucia Maria Sol, and Sister Mary Rachel Hart stand near the courtyard of St. John's Catholic Newman Center on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign. The members of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary joined the pastoral staff there in January. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Faith is a great gift, but if students don’t know their faith they could fall for anything that glitters and Sister Clara Maria Malay, SCTJM, said everything on a college campus glitters. “If they encounter Christ here, it can change the trajectory of their lives,” according to Sister Clara, who in January joined […]

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Touring relic of St. John Paul II coming to several sites in Diocese of Peoria Aug. 16-19

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, kisses the National Touring Relic of St. John Paul II during its last visit to the Diocese of Peoria in 2013. The relic, a vial of the late pope's blood, is being brought to the diocese again Aug. 16-20 with veneration opportunities in Silvis, Havana, Champaign, Bloomington, and Peoria. (The Catholic Post file photo/Daniel Sone)

Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria will have the opportunity to celebrate Mass and venerate the National Touring Relic of St. John Paul II when it is brought to several sites in mid-August. The relic, a vial of the late pope’s blood, is entrusted to the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. […]

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World Youth Day in Poland ignites pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria

Current or former students of Peoria Notre High School kneel along with about 2 million other World Youth Day pilgrims during a prayer vigil with Pope Francis in a “Field of Mercy” outside Krakow, Poland on July 30. From left are Maddie Conley and Mary Rockwell, both now students at Bradley University in Peoria; Grace Conley, a Peoria Notre Dame junior; and Lauren Schuler, a student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. (Provided photo/The Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary)

Inspiring.  A blessed experience.  Indescribable. Amazing. Really hard at times.  A game-changer. About 50 pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria are home from a World Youth Day experience in late July with Pope Francis in Poland they find impossible to adequately describe, but are compelled to share. “It was a very blessed experience, but something […]

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