Retired Champaign principal has a new way to promote schools

Photo Caption: Rose Costello, former teacher and principal at Holy Cross School in Champaign, is the first regional coordinator of Catholic education for the Champaign Vicariate of the Diocese of Peoria. CHAMPAIGN — She retired as principal at Holy Cross School in May, but no one really believed Rose Costello would sit still for long. […]

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Seminarians lovingly ‘adopted’ by Catholic school students

Photo Caption: Seminarian Matthew Deptula visits with eighth-graders at St. Philomena School in Peoria during a break from his own studies. Students in Catholic schools around central Illinois are proud of their “big brothers” — all 31 of them — and the children are making sure they know it. Those “big brothers” are the seminarians […]

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Respect Life coordinators from around diocese to meet Aug. 24

When respect life coordinators from parishes around central Illinois gather in Peoria on Saturday, Aug. 24, they will pray together, hear about the U.S. bishops’ Respect Life program, and recommit themselves to promoting life from conception until natural death. They may also get a peek inside the new Family Resources Center, which is nearing completion […]

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Wapella mother of 19 wants a baby shower for 90th birthday

Photo Caption: Those attending Rozanne Karr’s 90th birthday party this Saturday, Aug. 9, are asked to bring baby items to benefit families in need throughout DeWitt County. By: By Jennifer Willems WAPELLA — For her 90th birthday, Rozanne Karr didn’t ask for much. She just wanted a baby shower. Mrs. Karr knows more than a […]

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Pekin teacher bases curriculum on life of Venerable Sheen

Photo Caption: Katie Bogner dispays a “pop-out” Marian Shrine she included in a religious education curriculum she designed that looks through the lens of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen’s life. By: By Jennifer Willems PEKIN — Fulton Sheen helped the fifth-graders at St. Joseph School learn about the sacraments, prayer and Mary last year and now […]

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250 are empowered, ‘sent’ at Catholic Charismatic event

Photo Caption: Judith MacNutt prays over members of a prayer team before sending them out for a healing service at the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference July 27 in Peoria. By: By Jennifer Willems Jesus sent 72 disciples out to proclaim the Good News and to pray for healing and deliverance from evil spirits, but that […]

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Have a spare pair? Churches collect shoes for water project

Something most of us take for granted every day could make a tremendous difference in the health and safety of people in developing countries, and the members of St. Ann’s WATCH program are offering a way to do just that. The Peoria parish is partnering with The Iona Group in Morton again to sponsor Shoes […]

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Pro-life camp for high school students July 27 in Galesburg

GALESBURG — In an effort to help high school students stand strong against a culture that doesn’t always respect life, Knox County Right to Life is hosting a Joshua Camp on Saturday, July 27. It will be held at Costa Catholic Academy, 2726 Costa Drive. There is no charge for the one-day camp, which begins […]

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