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Educators, others invited to focus on youth, vocations at Summer Institute

Following in the footsteps of Pope Francis and the Synod of Bishops set for October, the Diocesan Summer Institute will also focus on youth and vocational discernment when Catholic school teachers and administrators, catechists and parishioners gather at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday, Aug. 11. The theme for the day is “Before You Were […]

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Bishop calls for ‘profound renewal’ in passionate homily at Summer Institute

"How can we rest when so many still do not know the Lord," asked Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky’s homily for the closing Mass of the Diocesan Summer Institute matched the fire of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as he challenged participants not to sit idly by when the world needs them to speak the truth. “I am more and more convinced that today the Diocese of Peoria needs a […]

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800 seek the truth at Summer Institute with the goal of sharing it with others

When Jennifer Fulwiler was in the fourth grade, she went into a book store and moved all the Bibles to the fiction section, thinking it was the ultimate prank on people who should know better. Little did she know then that the Good Book would become one of the most important books in her life […]

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Author, blogger Jennifer Fulwiler will keynote Diocesan Summer Institute June 3

Jennifer Fulwiler

Catholic author, blogger, speaker and radio host Jennifer Fulwiler will help people explore “The Splendor of Truth” at the Diocesan Summer Institute. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 3, at the Peoria Civic Center. In addition to the keynote by Fulwiler, there will be breakout sessions led by: Father Chase Hilgenbrinck, who […]

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Institute speaker offers seven ‘secrets’ of saints, others for success in prayer

Before the Diocesan Summer Institute closed in Peoria June 4, keynote speaker Dan Burke offered seven “secrets” of saints and others who have success in prayer. Establishing a sacred space, dedicated to God and used solely for this purpose, is one of them. Another is setting aside sacred time. “If we don’t do this, we […]

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Rebooted Diocesan Summer Institute draws nearly 1,000 into ‘depths of mercy’

At Father Timothy Hepner's request, the priests, seminarians and women religious present at the Diocesan Summer Institute gathered in front of the Peoria Civic Center stage. "We are blessed," said Father Hepner, but asked all in attendance for prayers to increase vocations. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Jesus took his disciples aside to pray on occasion and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, encouraged nearly 1,000 teachers, religious educators, priests, seminarians, women religious and parishioners to view the rebooted Diocesan Summer Institute the same way. “All of you, who do so much work in the diocese, need this time together with the Lord,” […]

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Diocesan Summer Institute returns June 4 as free gift with Year of Mercy theme

The Diocesan Summer Institute is back. “Into the Depths of Mercy” is the theme for the gathering, which will be held Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center. It is being relaunched at the request of Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who is offering it as a gift […]

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