Past Exhibits

John Lancaster Spalding 1st Bishop of Peoria

Feb 15 through December 2016



Priest Heroes of the Diocese of Peoria

Feb 15 through Dec 15, 2015




Ethnic Churches in the Diocese of Peoria
Feb 15 through Dec 15, 2014














Pax et Bonum - Franciscans in the Peoria Diocese
July 15 through Dec 15, 2013






VCII@50: Year of Faith
January through June 2013
“Bishop Franz’s profound understanding of the goal of the Council served the people of God here immensely…The message of the Council was a source of a great joy to him.”

In this Year of Faith, a unique display on the Vatican II Council and Peoria Diocese features special memorabilia and archival pieces, particularly those of our late Bishop John B. Franz who attended every session of the Council.  You can find out what he thought about the council atmosphere and about the two Popes who led it. 

Hear the memories of a then-seminarian who “happened” to be in Rome at the right time.  Appreciate the faith behind Council’s accomplishments, and see what the non-Catholics thought about it. 

…Learn what this “fighting a good fight” was all about!


What did they wear? Check the formal Council dress of our own Bishop Franz.
Franz testimonial "I was there!"

Bishop Franz's letters from Rome, brimming with his faith and humor















On the Shoulders of Bishop Spalding:
The Beginnings of the Catholic Education in Peoria Diocese

July – November 2012

The history of the Catholic Church in Peoria Diocese would be noticeably incomplete without recognition of the Catholic schools and an army of unsung heroes – priests, Religious, and lay teachers alike – passing the wealth of knowledge and the Catholic Faith tirelessly wherever the course of history brought them. 

Whether small country school houses or proudly standing academies, still open or long-closed, their seeds have grown into fruitful trees from which we benefit to this day.

“We hope that our love will be at least a small compensation for the noble sacrifices they have made and are still making daily to educate the young of America in the truths of the Holy Mother Church."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     - Grateful Alumni




Quilt - Catholic schools Peoria
School Desk and Chair


Bishop Dunne's Violin

Traveler's chest belonging to Sister M. Chrysantha Leahy, OSF, c.1918



A Father For Our Family:
A Snapshot of Bishop Jenky's Life and Ministry

January – June 2012

In honor of Bishop Jenky's ten years as shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, join the Diocesan Museum in celebrating his service to the Church. Journey through the Bishop's life, beginning with his childhood through his current service as the eighth bishop of Peoria.


Timeline of Bishop Jenky's Life
Detail from Timeline

Bishop Jenky's Episcopal Lineage, Gallero, and Crosier
Bishop Jenky's Collection of Antique Helmets





















                                                                                                                                                                    





Sacred Threads:
Historic Liturgical Vestments of the Diocese of Peoria

June - December 2011

Vestments for a Requiem Mass
Cope and Mitre
Bishop's Appointments
















                                                                                                                                                                   







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