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Politics and bombs spur prayer response

LOMBARD - For decades, the Middle East has been a hotspot for explosive reactions due to religious and political differences. While Iraqi insurgency i...

Serrans send off seminarians for another year of studies

LISLE - Immersed in the South American culture, Nathan Gohlke, 24, spent most of his summer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, a small town in the center of the ...

Parish dedicates building in picturesque rural setting

JOLIET - The solid brick structure sprouted up surrounded by open fields, calling to mind the folksy art of Norman Rockwell in the Saturday Evening Po...

Parishes partner with southern Catholics to provide relief

ROMEOVILLE - St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale rushed to the hurricane-destroyed areas within days of the initial damage from Hurricane Katrina in Au...

God's love is abundant at Wedding Anniversary Mass

JOLIET - In 1956, Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers were enjoying success from their top-of-the-charts song, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" and Elvis Pr...

Mississippi bishop is thankful for help, asks for prayers to continue

ROMEOVILLE - One year after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, Bishop Thomas J. Rodi is still living in the middle of a disaster zone in the Diocese of Bi...

Relief is packaged in backpacks at Corpus Christi Parish

CAROL STREAM - Corpus Christi Parish in Carol Stream recently launched Lend-A-Hand ministry in order to assist Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts at S...

Commitment to the poor and vulnerable remains a priority

JOLIET - The early decades of the 20th century found European immigrants - families and vowed religious alike - arriving by the boatload to America. W...

One year later, Katrina relief efforts continue

ROMEOVILLE - The wrath of the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane that hit the southern shore of the United States captured the attention of millions of people a...

Pastor brings hope to needy parish

JOLIET - Built in the 1960s, the church was a solid brick structure meant to withstand any disaster, manmade or natural. Last year the building proved...

Students swim in sweat to help community

NEW LENOX - The sweltering heat of a sixth day of 90-degree weather failed to hinder the efforts of 16 teens and their adult leaders Aug. 2 at St. Jud...

Faith communities wield hammers and raise dollars to provide homes

ROMEOVILLE - Faith communities across the diocese have found interesting ways to support relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims. One such unique...

Pilgrims on the journey

The young Jesuit priest, speaking from the pulpit at Milwaukee's Gesu Church on a recent Sunday morning in anticipation of the July 31 feast of his or...

Knights trade regalia for aprons, push cream puffs

WHEATON - Freshly whipped cream was smeared on Wes Pierce's smiling face and dripped from his hands as the eager 8-year-old feverishly helped his olde...

Western Will Deanery extends a multi-cultural welcome

NAPERVILLE - Around the world, phrases such as "arigatou," "obrigado" and "asante" express a simple message of thankfulness and hope in Japanese, Port...

Saga of American Catholic sisters is an incredible tale

It would be more than difficult in American history to find a group of people who could even match, let alone surpass, the courage and accomplishments...

Faithful bless Peace Pole in Wheaton

WHEATON - Surrounded by lush woodlands and blooming flowers, more than 50 people gathered in the heart of the tranquil 60-plus-acre Wheaton Franciscan...

Rural Catholics greet new shepherd

WATSEKA - "Everything that the Lord intended for us to have in this life to help us on our way to heaven is given to us in the Catholic Church," said ...

Community mourns loss of homegrown pastor

PEOTONE - In recent years, the site of the proposed third regional airport has drawn a national limelight on the town of 4,000 residents located 40 mi...

Disabled blossom at greenhouse training center

WEST CHICAGO - Quietly tending to the attractive flowers in the greenhouse, Eric Hum carefully pulled away the dead petals and arranged the plants by ...

Bill provides more behind-the-wheel training for young drivers

ROMEOVILLE - In an effort to reduce the number of accidents caused by teen-age drivers, Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently signed into law a bill that doub...

Bishop Sartain chooses feast of St. James to introduce himself to Eastern Will Deanery

JOLIET - In one of a series of get-acquainted Masses celebrated by Bishop J. Peter Sartain, nearly 500 faithful from throughout the 22 parishes that c...

Prayer unites us

This is the first of what I hope will be a weekly column in Catholic Explorer. I enjoyed writing for Arkansas Catholic, because it gave me an opportun...

A look at the diverse shape of church vocations

ROMEOVILLE - At the heart of 21st century religious vocations lays a passion for a communal expression of love and praise to God, an earnest desire to...

Seniors remain vital in community

LISLE - A happily married couple, Fred and Dorothy Fencl have no complaints about life. The 90-year-old man and his 88-year-old wife reside at Villa S...

Strategies for asset planning, a suggestion for seniors

WHEATON - Once they've liquidated all their assets and exhausted all their retirement income paying for long-term residential care, seniors who live i...

Elder lifestyles face multiple challenges

ROMEOVILLE - If images depicted on television were a true mirror of the American culture, an alien visiting the planet would transmit a message back h...

Impending retirement nets crash course in senior housing options

HOMER GLEN - A search last year for a retirement home for one 86-year-old widow, mother, grandmother and great grandmother ended with a move from Bard...

Caregivers shoulder responsibilities in elder care

JOLIET - In days gone by, it was customary for children to honor their parents' dedication by taking care of them in their golden years. In fact, many...

Economists warn baby boomers to recognize retirement responsibility

ROMEOVILLE - In anticipation of a shortfall in Social Security funds due to the number of retirees by the year 2030, economists warn baby boomers with...