Peoria has two sites of special interest to Catholics, both related to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen:
Fulton J. Sheen was ordained a priest here in the Diocese of Peoria in 1919. He became Sheen quickly became a renowned theologian, earning the Cardinal Mercier Prize for International Philosophy in 1923. He went to a notable academic career, but is perhaps most remembered as the host of a radio program titled “The Catholic Hour”, which ran for over 20 years on NBC, and then a television series “Life is Worth Living” that ran from 1951-1957. This show, in prime time, became one of the most watched shows in the U.S. and beat out such favorites as Milton Berle in his time slot.
Traveling to Peoria:
Peoria is served by a regional airport…although it calls itself international, it is served mainly by regional carriers of the major airlines.