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New dates set for garage sale to benefit work of Central Illinois Right to Life

WEST PEORIA — There has been a change of dates for the Central Illinois Right to Life garage sale. Originally scheduled for Sept. 20-21, it will now take place on Friday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. It will still take place on the […]

USCCB Poll: Americans Support Conscience Protection for Healthcare Professionals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two new polls have revealed widespread discrimination against healthcare workers of faith, as well as broad public support for conscience rights laws and protections. The findings were released today by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committees on Pro-Life Activities; Religious Liberty; Domestic and Social Development; and the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, as well as the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), the largest faith-based association for healthcare professionals.
The findings come in the wake of enforcement actions taken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) against the University of Vermont Medical Center, which is alleged to have coerced a nurse into participating in an abortion against her beliefs.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Bishop Robert J. McManus, of Worcester and Chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty; Bishop Frank J. Dewane, of Venice, and Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop James D. Conley, of Lincoln and Chairman of the Subcommittee for Promotion and Defense of Marriage offered the following statement on the findings:

“An overwhelming majority of Americans agree: no healthcare professional should be forced to violate deeply-held beliefs in order to keep a job. The practice of medicine depends on those courageous and generous enough to serve all people—especially the poor and marginalized—with the highest ethical standards. If we exclude people of faith from the medical profession, Americans will suffer, especially those most in need.”

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Keywords: USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Bishop J. McManus, Bishop James D. Conley, Bishop Frank Dewane, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Committee for Religious Liberty, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Subcommittee Promotion and Defense of Marriage, healthcare, conscience protection


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Benedictine Sister Marilyn Ring dies at 88; was longtime teacher, campus minister

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Marilyn (Mary Stephen) Ring, OSB, a longtime teacher and campus minister, died on Sept. 15, 2019, at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. She was 88. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the monastery chapel, 2200 88th Ave. West. A Christian wake service will follow at […]

Bishop Jenky releases 2020 Festival Letter early to teach on ‘The Real Presence’

Acknowledging that “for several generations” the Catholic Church has sometimes failed to effectively pass on even its core truths, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has called for all ministries of the Diocese of Peoria to be “intentionally centered” around the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The bishop’s 2,100-word teaching document, titled “The […]

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood to keynote 38th annual Respect Life Dinner on Oct. 6

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood will be the featured speaker at the 38th annual Respect Life Dinner scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 6, at Barrack’s Cater Inn in Peoria. Proceeds from the dinner are used to purchase supplies for the Family Resources Center, a free-loan library located at 415 N.E. Monroe, across the street from the Spalding […]

First-ever diocesan Respect Life Conference draws 600 of all ages

Nearly 600 people of all ages gathered at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria this weekend to explore threats to human life on many fronts and talk about what action steps they could take at the first-ever Diocese of Peoria Respect Life Conference. Held Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 14, the theme for the […]

Vigils, extra events as 40 Days for Life set Sept. 25-Nov. 3 at three sites in diocese

Concerned individuals and parish groups are invited to take part in coordinated campaigns of prayer, fasting, and peaceful public vigils to end abortion during 40 Days for Life outreaches planned in the Diocese of Peoria and around the nation from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3. Daily vigils, at which participants also pray for help and […]

USCCB President and Migration Chair Urge Against Further Reduction in Refugee Resettlement as Contrary to American Values

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Administration officials will reportedly recommend to President Trump that the number of refugee admissions for the coming year will be fewer than 30,000 refugees, already an historic low. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Chair of USCCB Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

“Further reductions in the number of refugees allowed to seek freedom in the United States would be wholly counter to our values as a nation of immigrants. America welcomes refugees; that is who we are, that is what we do. Such reductions would undermine America’s leadership role as a global champion and protector of religious freedom and human rights. Beginning with European refugees in the aftermath of World War I, the Catholic Church in the United States has more than a century of experience resettling vulnerable populations to a safer life and one in which they have contributed to the greatness of America. The 3.4 million refugees that America has welcomed since 1975 have paid billions of dollars in taxes, founded companies, earned citizenship, and bought homes at notably high rates.

As the Catholic Church prepares to celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on September 29th, we are reminded of Pope Francis urging us all to work for a ‘globalization of solidarity’ with refugees, not a globalization of ‘indifference’. In light of refugees’ extraordinary contributions to our country, and of the world’s struggle with the greatest forced displacement crisis on record and historic highs in religious persecution, we categorically oppose any further reductions in the refugee resettlement program.”

Keywords: USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez


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Pedaling priests to again ride across diocese for vocation awareness, prayers

As the Priests Pedaling for Prayers prepare to embark on their third bike ride across the Diocese of Peoria to raise awareness of and prayers for vocations, they’re looking to Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen for inspiration and support. The jerseys for the 2019 ride, which begins in Rapids City on Sept. 30 and ends […]

Charity on wheels: St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry is blessed and ministry launched

There is now a St. Nicholas Day every week in the Diocese of Peoria. On Tuesday morning, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed a white Ford Transit cargo van as the “St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry,” a new outreach of Catholic Charities to serve needs throughout the 26-county diocese. Each week, usually on a Tuesday, the […]