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Bishop Barron visits Peoria to film segment on Archbishop Sheen for series

Bishop Robert Barron speaks in front of the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on July 21 while filming a segment on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen for his series "Catholicism: the Pivotal Players." (Provided photo/Word on Fire Catholic Ministries)

Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, and a technical crew visited Peoria on July 21 to film footage for a segment on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that will be included in his new documentary series “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players.” Bishop Barron, founder of the media ministry Word on Fire, visited both St. […]

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Nearly 300 to take next step in faith journey during Rites of Election

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, of St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul introduces a candidate to Bishop Jenky during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last spring. This year's ceremonies will take place Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. (The Catholic Post file/Jennifer Willems)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will welcome nearly 300 children, women and men to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria over the next two weekends as they begin the final period of preparation to be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated […]

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Cathedral’s new sacred music director sets lofty goals, issues wide invitations

Jon Kroepel, organist at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, will also now serve as director of sacred music there. (Provided photo)

It was what he observed while playing the organ for liturgies at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria that brought Jon Kroepel into the Catholic Church at last year’s Easter Vigil. Now he will get to inspire others as the new director of sacred music there. Kroepel succeeds Greg Etzel in the position, which has been […]

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Cathedral Mass will honor St. Teresa of Kolkata, Missionaries of Charity Sept. 10

This statue of St. Teresa of Kolkata outside of St. Mary's Cathedral commemorates her visit on Dec. 10,1995. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Thousands of people from around the world filled St. Peter’s Square in Rome last Sunday to hear Pope Francis “declare and define” Mother Teresa’s sainthood, but that kind of good news isn’t something that can be confined to one day. The celebration continues this Saturday, Sept. 10, with a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in […]

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Grateful diocese celebrates founding bishop, St. Mary’s Cathedral restoration

The newly restored sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria is seen in this photo from the Founder's Day Mass on Aug. 25. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

The founding bishop of the Diocese of Peoria and a restoration of the cathedral he built were celebrated in five days of events that linked the past, present, and future of the Catholic Church in central Illinois. “There is an awful lot of happiness in this cathedral this afternoon,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, […]

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Visit restored St. Mary’s Cathedral during Founder’s Weekend celebrations Aug. 24-28

One section of the newly designed ceiling of the restored St. Mary's Cathedral, Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Mary’s Cathedral has been the mother church of the Diocese of Peoria for more than 125 years, and yet extensive restoration inside and out has made it new again. People throughout central Illinois are invited to come and “Rediscover St. Mary’s” at a series of liturgical celebrations planned for Founder’s Weekend, Aug. 24-28. “I […]

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