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Image of Mary enshrined in Bloomington as presence of Indian Catholics grows

The statue of Our Lady of Good Health (Vailankanni, India) is carried throughout St. Patrick Church of Merna in Bloomington, while members of the assembly pray the rosary as they follow in procession. Taking the Blessed Mother to a place of honor in the church are (from left) Carlo Selvaraj, Francis Gonsalves, Paul Prabhu, and Joachim Roshan. Not seen on the far side are Xavier Madanu and Christuraj A. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — As she always has, the Blessed Virgin Mary brought people together and then pointed them to her Son as the Indian Catholics of Bloomington-Normal celebrated the feast of her nativity on Sept. 8 at St. Patrick Church of Merna. The Mass included the blessing of a statue of Our Lady of Good Health, […]

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St. Malachy, Geneseo, marking 150 years of parish life with Mass, statue blessing Oct. 9

St. Malachy Church and School in Geneseo.

GENESEO — Even before the Diocese of Peoria was established in 1877, the Catholic faith was blooming in Beautiful Valley, the Indian name for Geneseo. On Sunday, Oct. 9, members of St. Malachy Parish here will celebrate 150 years of prayer and good works with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. During the liturgy, a statue […]

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