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New Catholic school principals feel blessed by opportunities

New administrators or leadership configurations were waiting for students at schools in Bloomington, Champaign, East Moline, Kewanee, Metamora and Odell when classes started in August. One of those new configurations is taking place at Holy Trinity School in Bloomington, where Gayla Moore will be the interim principal of the elementary school and Christina Ellis will […]

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Salesian Sisters share joy at the University of Illinois

Photo Caption: Sister Theresa Lee, FMA, lends a hand and a smile as students move into Newman Hall ib Aug. 18 at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois. By: By Jennifer Willems CHAMPAIGN — Joy. It is a gift of Salesian spirituality and one that the Salesian Sisters of St. John […]

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WSOG Catholic radio back to full strength at 88.1 FM

PERU — After nearly four months of operating at reduced power, WSOG-FM Catholic radio is again broadcasting at full strength at 88.1 FM. The station’s former 4,000-watt transmitter was destroyed in a late April fire in the small building that housed it at the radio tower, located along I-39 near Cedar Point. A 200-watt transmitter […]

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Cardinal George facing cross of cancer for a second time

Photo Caption: In this Catholic Post file photo, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago celebrates Mass at a statewide Summit for Catholic School Education in Bloomington. By: By Joyce Duriga, Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — For the second time in his 75 years, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago is facing the cross of […]

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Parish pro-life coordinators to gather next Saturday

Mailee Smith, staff counsel for Americans United for Life, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s gathering of parish pro-life coordinators next Saturday, Aug. 25. The day will begin with Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria at 9 a.m. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, will preside at the liturgy and Father Bill Miller, […]

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’40 Days for Life’ campaigns coming to 3 area communities

Forty days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion combined with peaceful vigils at abortion facilities and educational outreach are planned at three area locations as part of a nationwide campaign from Sept. 26 to Nov. 4, and now is the time to plan involvement. A kick-off rally for Peoria’s fifth “40 Days […]

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Turn to Virgin Mary for protection of nation, urges bishop

Photo Caption: Bishop Jenky suggests schools and families take part in a 30-day Marian Consecration beginning in early September and culminating on the Feast of the Holy Rosary on Oct. 5. Saying “the attacks of the world, the flesh, and the devil seem particularly ferocious in this current moment,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has […]

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Former Bloomington principal retired, but still greatly admired

Photo Caption: Kay O’Brien, former principal of Holy Trinity School in Bloomington, was named the Diocese of Peoria’s 2011-12 Distinguished Principal. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — It was never Kay O’Brien’s intention to become principal at Holy Trinity School here. She was perfectly happy teaching sixth grade math when her principal, Ed Heineman, asked […]

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Can we see the bigger picture that Jesus reveals?

By: By Tim Irwin Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 19 Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 Thousands of Christian denominations dot the America landscape. The vast majority believe that the Bible offers revealed truth that should be believed with unquestioned resolve. Ironically, these denominations also deny the real presence of Jesus in […]

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Priester retires as regional DRE; Boettcher named to succeed her

Photo Caption: Sharon Priester is pictured during the Aug. 4 Catechetical Leadership Conference. She has served as a regional director of religious education for the Bloomington and Lincoln vicariates since 2006. By: By Jennifer Willems BLOOMINGTON — The Catechetical Leadership Conference marked a changing of the guard for one of the regional directors of religious […]

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