- May 8, 2021
Fulton Joseph Hood has gone home to God. Royce and Elise Hood of Dunlap, Illinois, discovered that Fulton’s heart had stopped beating when an ultrasound was performed March 31, which was his due date.
Even though he hasn’t been born yet, Fulton Joseph Hood of Dunlap, Illinois, has showered blessings on his parents, Royce and Elise, and five older siblings. He also has also made friends around the world, who have joined the Hoods in praying for a miracle.
The very first game of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament featured a seminarian just two months away from being ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria.
In a celebration blending religious and civic pride in one of Peoria’s most famous and influential historic residents, the street outside St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria was given the honorary designation of “Bishop Fulton Sheen Avenue” Feb. 4.
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.