Diocese of Peoria, Illinois

Established 1875

The origins of Catholicism in Peoria can be traced to Fr. Jacques Marquette, who camped at an Indian village there in 1673. The central Illinois diocese was carved from the Diocese of Chicago; its first bishop was John Lancaster Spalding.


Diocese of Peoria * Catholic Encyclopedia


A. O'Rourke, The good work begun: Centennial history of Peoria diocese