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Catholic News

New shepherd is ready to meet his flock

ROMEOVILLE - Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Little Rock, Ark., was clearly filled with joy and excitement May 16 after fielding questions from a pool of r...

'Silent Alarm' is a wake-up parable

In the early part of the 20th century, the German philosopher Martin Heidegger warned that the human spirit may well be crushed by the "day-to-dayness...

Hispanics savor relationship with bishop

ROMEOVILLE - Wishing to thank Bishop Joseph L. Imesch for his many years of faithful service to the diocese, and in particular for his dedication to t...

Legislative Update: Marriage protection proposal comes on the heels of budget

ROMEOVILLE - The ink on the $45.8 billion budget for Illinois was barely dry when a massive effort primarily by Catholic faithful in the state of Illi...

Healing broken hearts is a ministry funded by appeal

ROMEOVILLE - At one time, uttering the word divorce in polite company was considered shocking, and family members disowned any woman who even thought ...

Health service awards deacon for giving hope to patients

JOLIET - Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, second only to heart disease. And while researchers are actively working t...

Faith deepens as the gift of organ donation saves a life

NEW LENOX - For 10-year-old Brandon Shafer, faith provided a tangible gift of love early in his life. On May 1, he received a new kidney to replace hi...

Faithful recognize that 'every day is Earth day'

NAPERVILLE - The faithful must value their fellow human beings as well as their natural surroundings, said Deacon Terry Taylor of St. Margaret Mary Pa...

Expressions

Most of us can recall some or all of our first Communion day - the weather, the lacey dress and veil or crisp white shirt and clip-on tie, the charged...

Pope appoints new leader of Joliet Diocese

ROMEOVILLE - Pope Benedict XVI recently made known the appointment of Bishop J. Peter Sartain, the current leader of the Diocese of Little Rock, Ark.,...

Tribute to 'fallen' law enforcement officers

JOLIET - Joliet Police Officer Rob Hall's bagpipe presentation of the hymn, "Amazing Grace," stirred to tears some among an estimated 100-to-125 famil...

Vocation advocates install new officers

WHEATON - Priests are the only ones "who can consecrate bread and wine, turning it into the Body and Blood of Christ," said Jim Russell, a member of t...

No need for a better message, just a better communicator

ROMEOVILLE - The Catholic Church has changed a lot since 50-year-old John Blumberg became an altar boy at Holy Rosary Catholic Parish in Memphis, Tenn...

Nursing students a heartbeat away from graduation

JOLIET - For most people, watching the show "ER" each week offers a glimpse of the kind of hustle and bustle that happens in a hospital emergency room...

Faithful seek healing intercession

LOCKPORT - According to television advertising, viewers might surmise that there is a pill for every illness and a cure for all the world's pain. The ...

Mother puts together pieces of the puzzle for autistic son

PLAINFIELD - A few months ago, Therese Miller recently woke up in the middle of the night. Her first thought, as it is always when she awakens, was "W...

Car enthusiasts race for charity

JOLIET - Nearly 90 car racing enthusiasts from around the country shifted into gear in time for the One Lap, which was actually three times around an ...

Clergyman shares half-century love story

GLEN ELLYN - It certainly was not Valentine's Day, May 7, but retired Father Michael O'Keefe stood at the pulpit of St. Petronille Church in Glen Elly...

Tuned in and turned off

In case you missed it, the week of April 24 was designated as National Turn Off TV Week. No telling what studies would reveal about possible effects o...

Bishop Imesch receives award at Peace Day

ROMEOVILLE - "I think that one of the strengths of (the Diocese of Joliet) is the people involved in church and community, especially people involved ...

Women of the year bloom from a garden of good works

JOLIET - Sometimes lifelong dedication to a cause will eventually merit public recognition, but more often generous volunteers quietly attend to their...

Book chronicles Catholicism in America

The changes in the American Catholic Church since the latter part of the 20th century have been no less than enormous. Rather than speaking of the pro...

Manteno knights spotlight faithful service

MANTENO - It's standard practice for the petite nun to greet her visitors with a kind smile and statement of encouragement, as she graciously hands ea...

Volunteers offer hope to faithful

BRAIDWOOD - Evangelization is a vehicle that more and more Catholics are relying on to encourage the faith development of people worldwide. In Braidwo...

Fish are fodder for diocesan secretaries' inspiration

ROMEOVILLE - Offering effective advice is no mere hobby for Laura Carmine, professor of marketing at Lewis University and keynote speaker for close to...

Joliet rallies in solidarity with immigrants

JOLIET - "USA, USA, USA" chanted more than 600 immigrants and their advocates as they rallied May 1 in the parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel par...

Catechetical event rejuvenates participants

ROSEMONT - Nearly 1,000 church ministers, educators and leaders from Catholic dioceses and archdioceses throughout the United States arrived April 30 ...

Father Lyle serves Mundelein Seminary as rector

ROMEOVILLE - Immersed in academia for the bulk of his adult life and ordained to the priesthood in 1991, Father Dennis Lyle was appointed in March to ...

Benedictine students explore plight of Mexican workers

ROMEOVILLE - A senior at Benedictine University, Anjali Alva observed in awe as the people of the small commune worked in unison to ensure their commu...

Service group shares dating tips and prom dresses

JOLIET - In the fashion of the fairy godmother and Cinderella, high school girls from Will and Grundy counties were given the opportunity to dress up ...