- Jan 24, 2021
A Mass at the tomb of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on the 41st anniversary of his death Dec. 9 also was a first opportunity for the Diocese of Peoria to mourn the death from COVID-19 two hours earlier of the vice postulator of the famed media pioneer and author’s cause for canonization.
Archbishop John J. Myers was recalled as a man of faith and prayer, a scholar, a teacher and as “a really good bishop” during the funeral Mass for him at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria Sept. 30.
While there was social distance between those present, every space inside St. Mary’s Cathedral was repeatedly filled with sounds of joyful praise, gratitude and boisterous applause July 23 at the episcopal ordination of Bishop Louis Tylka, Peoria’s new coadjutor.
When Bishop-designate Louis Tylka was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1996, among the gifts he received was a small statue of a shepherd kneeling to pet a lamb. The newly appointed coadjutor bishop of Peoria still displays the statue and it has been a guide throughout his ministry.
Pope Francis has appointed Father Louis Tylka, a pastor in the Archdiocese of Chicago, to be the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois.
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria took to the skies via a helicopter on Good Friday, April 10, to offer a blessing to the entire Diocese of Peoria as well as to pray for all affected by the coronavirus pandemic.