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.
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception (tomb of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)
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.
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