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Catholic News

Veterans Day touches all generations

JOLIET - Jeff Cefalu, sporting military fatigues from his stint as an Army reservist from 1988-1994, tightly held his 3-month-old grandson, Gabriel Mi...

Crisis pregnancy center opens in Lombard

LOMBARD - Construction debris was cleared away from the parking lot only hours before a candlelight procession of pro-life supporters gathered for the...

Providence welcomes hurricane evacuee

NEW LENOX - As disaster alarms pierced throughout the urban region, Camille DeCoursey and her parents departed from New Orleans the morning before Hur...

Candidates take next step into new faith life

JOLIET - With a pinch of fear and a heaping dose of anticipation, Glen Comstock prepared to take the first step in becoming a member of the Catholic C...

Franciscan friar rocks in Frankfort

FRANKFORT - Still discovering innovative ways of fine-tuning the chords of his electrified instrument after countless performances over the decades, t...

Hurricane inspires pre-teen to act on faith

JOLIET - As pictures and news accounts of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina flooded broadcasts and newspapers in late August, 12-year-old Lind...

Fall is a delightful time for spiritual reading

Fall is often a time for a change in our daily and weekend schedules. Students are back to their studies and new activities, especially on the weekend...

The sounds of music

It's safe to assume that talent the caliber of famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti, classical pianist Van Cliburn and more will c...

Parishioners spend a night in solidarity with homeless

ROMEOVILLE - With the holidays fast approaching, many faith communities have turned their attention to helping needy families. While many parish progr...

Seminarian receives rite of the diaconate

ROMEOVILLE - A wide smile covered the face of seminarian Patrick Mulcahy as he completed the rite of ordination for the diaconate, a prelude to his or...

Homegrown priest cultivates faithful flock

WHEATON - Hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn were served Nov. 7 at St. Daniel the Prophet Parish in Wheaton. The World Series party not only marked the rec...

Memorial Mass stirs emotions

ROMEOVILLE - Glistening white and silver bows decorated the sprawling pine tree Nov. 6 in the courtyard at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center in Rom...

Foundation seeds rapid enrollment at St. Mary Magdalene

ROMEOVILLE - They may be small in number but certainly they are mighty in developing marketing strategies that attract families to one of Joliet's bes...

Glen Ellyn parish looks back over four decades

GLEN ELLYN - Founding members of St. James the Apostle Parish in Glen Ellyn, Robert and Stella Banks smiled and laughed as they reflected upon the 40-...

'Best kept secret of Vatican II' is revealed

ROMEOVILLE - About one month short of the exact 40-year anniversary of the promulgation of Gaudium et Spes - the Pastoral Constitution on the Church i...

Educators rally for Catholic schools

ROMEOVILLE - In an effort to foster communication between school board members, teachers and administrators of Catholic schools, the diocesan Catholic...

Author urges caregivers to preserve personal memories

BOURBONNAIS - Everyone has three types of powerful stories inside - the story of who you are right now, the story you tell and the stories you preserv...

Award-winning mom is proud of biracial family

JOLIET - In the 1950s, the word "family" conjured up a picture-perfect lifestyle, mom cooking dinner, dad smoking a pipe and reading the paper, while ...

Progress chugs along like an old bus

The mother of the movement has been laid to rest. Rosa Parks - whose refusal a half-century ago in Alabama to vacate her seat on the bus for a white m...

Monk makes faith rise through baking

DOWNERS GROVE - A bright yellow toolbox looked out of place next to stainless steel bowls and greased pie tins, but the equipment inside was not meant...

Teens urge peers to use 'Brakes for Brett'

NAPERVILLE - Alfonso Herrera and Kevin Bennett, 16-year-old students at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, signed a yellow paper Oct. 30 at All S...

Book reminds readers: Love is all around

It is seldom that a writer's work is completed after death by another writer who possesses the depth of wisdom and understanding, as does Avis Clenden...

Parish concludes year of the Eucharist

VILLA PARK - To honor the conclusion of the Year of the Eucharist, parishioners gathered Oct. 30 for a special Mass followed by a eucharistic processi...

Parish digs in for new building

AURORA - With many of them clutching shovels twice their size, the group of children attempted to dig holes in the hard, arid soil. One persistent you...

Lebanese parish dedicates church of the Eastern rite

LOMBARD - While the Maronite parish, Our Lady of Lebanon, has been in existence for about 35 years, it wasn't until Oct. 30 that Bishop Robert J. Shah...

Men move one step closer to deacon ordination

ROMEOVILLE - Retired Auxiliary Bishop Roger L. Kaffer presided over the Institution of Readers Oct. 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center in Rome...

Faith Promise event invites support for missioners

OAKBROOK TERRACE - Josephine Mulvihill of Immaculate Conception Parish in Elmhurst was honored for her dedication and commitment to the Joliet Diocese...

Joliet Diocese awaits coadjutor appointment

ROMEOVILLE - With retirement from leadership approaching after nearly 26 years as head of the Diocese of Joliet, Bishop Joseph L. Imesch, 74, said tha...

Award for success points to Coach Sharp

JOLIET - At the last game of the Hilltoppers' regular football season, Coach Dan Sharp was awarded more than another win to add to a lengthy list of a...

Explorer staff collects regional newspaper awards

DeKALB - Drawing from over 900 submissions from 31 member newspapers, Northern Illinois Newspaper Association recognized the Catholic Explorer with fi...