Year of Mercy


December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016

Fourteenth Festival Letter

of the
Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
Bishop of Peoria

Doors of Mercy

Official Pilgrimage Churches and Chapels of the Holy Year of Mercy
Diocese of Peoria

Click on church picture or city to link to parish/chapel/shrine website.
To view hours and events during the Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy, click on the button below each church.


Sacred Heart


St. John Paul II
Newman Center


Shrine of the
Most Holy Rosary


St. John
Newman Center


Church of
Sts. Peter & Paul

The specially designated Holy Door of Mercy will be officially opened at each of the churches on Gaudete Sunday 2015.  The Faithful, who pass through these doors, may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions once a day, each day throughout the Holy Year.  Besides the usual schedule of the Sacraments and devotions in these churches, additional opportunities for prayer and especially for Confession will be made available.

In a particularly way, Bishop Jenky has asked that the clergy of these areas come together to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday 2016 as a region at each of these sites.

Additional information about observances at each of these Holy Year Churches will be made available on this page and Light of Mercy.

The Cathedral is by nature designated by the Holy Father as a pilgrimage church for the Holy Year and a Mercy Door will be opened in the Cathedral as well.  Individuals or groups are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral to share in the usual weekend liturgies.

“Into the Depths of Mercy”
Diocesan Summer Institute
June 4, 2016

Parish Planning Guide

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

The overarching goals
during the
Jubilee Year of Mercy

  • Parishioners understand and receive all the graces available on Divine Mercy Sunday
  • Parishioners live the mercy message during the Jubilee in their daily lives

The path to a deeper union with Christ’s mercy is through the Immaculate Heart of Mary who brings us to the pierced side of Jesus, who is the Fountain of Mercy.  

Pope Francis has “entrusted this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey.” Thus, Marian Consecration within the parish is a fitting preparation for this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Jubilee Year of Mercy commences with the opening of the Holy Door on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, in which Mary, conceived without sin, is the beginning of the outpouring of God’s mercy to all!

Appendix A

Divine Mercy Pilgrimage Forms

Appendix B

Reproducible Handouts

Appendix C

Divine Mercy Indulgences Explained

Appendix D

Marian Consecration Suggested Dates


Misericordiae Vultus

Bull of Indication of the
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Francis, Bishop of Rome


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