Diocese of Peoria

Rochester Bishop Matano pushed Vatican to delay Fulton Sheen beatification says Peoria diocese

By Phil Luciano, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, December 5, 2019 The planned beatification of former Rochester bishop Fulton J. Sheen was delayed at the request of Bishop Salvatore Matano, the Peoria Diocese told reporters for the Journal Star Wednesday night. Until Wednesday night, the... read more

Assessing the Abuse Report on Illinois Priests

Catholic League president Bill Donohue assesses a report on alleged sexual abusers in the Illinois dioceses that was released on March 20: There are many news stories about the 395 priests in Illinois who have been named in a report on clergy sexual abuse, but most of them are incomplete. For... read more

Anti-Defamation League takes issue with bishop’s remarks

A homily delivered Sunday by Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky in Peoria, Ill., has angered the Anti-Defamation League, a watchdog for anti-Semitism. In the homily at in St. Mary's Cathedral, Jenky took aim at health care policies proposed by the Obama administration, which have been a source... read more

Diocese of Peoria Bishop Jenky Issues Directive on Tabernacle Location

After consultation with my Presbyteral Council, I am therefore asking that those few parish churches and chapels where the tabernacle is not in the direct center at the back of the sanctuary, that these spaces be redesigned in such a way that the Reserved Sacrament would be placed at the center. In... read more


"It is with a heavy heart and extreme concern that today at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria we announce the beginning of plans to suspend or eliminate several critical Department of Human Service (DHS) funded programs for children, youth and families in our central Illinois... read more

Construction should not be affected

The Rev. Antonio Dittmer, at Newman Center since 2005, has been reassigned to Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Wenona, Minn. A farewell celebration is planned for 5 p.m. Sunday at the center, 501 S. Main St. In August, Sister Silvia Tarafa will become center director. Local priests will rotate... read more

Students still buzzing about pope: Group from Maryland seminary with ties to Peoria area went to papal Mass in Washington, D.C.

The Roman Catholic seminary in Maryland that turns out many of the Diocese of Peoria's priests is still buzzing from Pope Benedict XVI's recent trip to Washington, D.C., said a former Peoria priest now on leave at the seminary. Monsignor Stuart Swetland and other Mount St. Mary's Seminary fficials... read more

Catholic men heed the call: Area men witness their faith together at annual march, Mass in Peoria

Hundreds of priests, brothers, laymen and their sons marched Saturday from the Downtown riverfront to St. Mary's Cathedral for the fifth annual Call to Catholic Men of Faith March and Mass. Starting with a morning breeze swirling off the Illinois River, men of all ages reached the cathedral to the... read more

Latin Mass returns to Holy Angels in Aurora IL

Dressed in full, gold-trimmed vestments and flanked by two altar servers, the Rev. Martin Heinz stood halfway up the church's center aisle and shouted his final directive. OK, guys, this is it! This determines whether or not you go to Heaven! It was the last time the altar servers and a handful of... read more

Bishop makes rare Catholic Schools Week visit

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky says Mass at St. Columba Church in Ottawa on Monday morning to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. NewsTribune photo by David Manley Growing up in Chicago, the closest Bishop Daniel Jenky ever came to a seeing a pig was at a city zoo or watching Porky Pig on TV's... read more

Catholic Diocese of Peoria honors first bishop

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria celebrated an important person in its history today. It's the 130th anniversary of the installation of Peoria's first bishop -- John Lancaster Spalding. At Sunday mass, the church paid tribute to Bishop Spalding and his contributions to the City of Peoria. The... read more