Bishop’s Annual Festival Letter – 2018

November 26, 2017
+Feast of Christ the King

To the Clergy, Consecrated, and Faithful Men and Women of the Diocese of Peoria:

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I can still remember the very first Men’s March – it was a cold, dreary spring day. I have to confess I didn’t expect a very large turnout. Boy was I wrong! So many years later, the annual Men’s March and Mass still packs the Cathedral. Maybe as a fruit of this annual gathering, many programs have taken root in our parishes to enhance the faith-life of our men. And yet our contemporary culture continues to attack the very definition of manhood. It is harder and harder to be a good man.

The Church has always looked to St. Joseph as a model for all men – for workers, for fathers, for husbands, and for priests. I offer my 16th festival letter as a meditation on the importance of St. Joseph in the lives of our men, our families, and our parishes. I encourage families, Knights of Columbus, men’s groups, and in a special way, all who work to form our young men, to read this letter together.

With the many challenges our Church faces today, let us find comfort and hope in the protection of St. Joseph.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
BISHOP OF PEORIA