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OSF Saint Francis receives $1.1 million grant to help victims of violent crime

Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, chairperson of OSF HealthCare, speaks at a press conference March 29 announcing that OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria will establish a Trauma Recovery Center in partnership with Peoria Public Schools to assist victims of violent crimes. Looking on are Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, left, superintendent of Peoria Public Schools, and state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-92nd), a sponsor of the legislation that resulted in a $1.1 million grant to establish the center at Manual Academy in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria announced March 29 it has been selected to receive a $1.1 million grant to help children and adult victims of violent crimes recover not only from physical wounds but the lingering psychological and emotional ones as well. OSF will partner with Peoria Public Schools to establish a […]

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Want to see the church grow? Be a ‘witness of Christ’

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Third Sunday of Easter/April 15 Acts 3:13-15,17-19; Psalm 4:2,4,7-8,9; 1 John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48 Throughout the Easter season in the readings from the Acts of the Apostles we get to see the early church grow explosively in a culture that is hostile to it by means of disciples who were not particularly […]

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3 Pierced Heart Sisters bring the gift of religious life to Newman Center at U of I

Sister Clara Maria Malay, Sister Lucia Maria Sol, and Sister Mary Rachel Hart stand near the courtyard of St. John's Catholic Newman Center on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign. The members of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary joined the pastoral staff there in January. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Faith is a great gift, but if students don’t know their faith they could fall for anything that glitters and Sister Clara Maria Malay, SCTJM, said everything on a college campus glitters. “If they encounter Christ here, it can change the trajectory of their lives,” according to Sister Clara, who in January joined […]

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“The Heart of Nuba” (Abramorama)

Dr. Tom Catena stars in a scene from the movie "The Heart of Nuba." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/courtesy Kenneth A. Carlson)

By Catholic News Service Directed by Ken Carlson, this uplifting documentary follows Dr. Thomas Catena as he lives and works with the people of the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. Guided by the faith passed on to him by his devout family, Catena volunteered to serve in Africa through the Catholic Medical Mission Board, becoming […]

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“Chappaquiddick” (Entertainment Studios)

Andria Blackman and Jason Clarke star in a scene from the movie "Chappaquiddick." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Entertainment Studios)

By Catholic News Service Somber but intriguing fact-based drama about the infamous 1969 car accident on the New England island of the title involving Sen. Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy (Jason Clarke) and Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), a former staffer for Kennedy’s assassinated brother Robert, who died in the mishap. The legislator’s bizarrely irresponsible behavior […]

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“A Quiet Place” (Paramount)

Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds star in a scene from the movie "A Quite Place." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Paramount)

By Catholic News Service This compact, stylish horror film might be a parable about resisting tyranny. Taken strictly on its surface, it’s a story about how strong, trusting family ties can overcome any obstacle, especially if the members of the clan in question (led by John Krasinski, who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay) are […]

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“Summer in the Forest” (Abramorama)

Jean Vanier, founder of the International Federation of L'Arche Communities, appears in the documentary "Summer in the Forest." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Abramorama)

By Catholic News Service This gentle documentary, directed by Randall Wright, provides a loving portrait of Canadian Jean Vanier and of L’Arche (the Ark), the network of communities he founded for the developmentally disabled and those who care for them. Through the stories of five residents, the film shows what a blessing L’Arche, with its […]

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“Blockers” (Universal)

John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz star in a scene from the movie "Blockers." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service A morass of bad morals, this comedy tracks the efforts of two friends (Leslie Mann and John Cena) to thwart their teen daughters’ (Kathryn Newton and Geraldine Viswanathan) plan to lose their virginity (to Graham Phillips and Miles Robbins) on prom night. Though he opposes this project as an invasion of […]

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“The Miracle Season” (Mirror)

Nesta Cooper stars in a scene from the movie "The Miracle Season." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Cate Cameron, LD Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Directed by Sean McNamara, this fact-based sports drama follows the Iowa City West High School girls’ volleyball team after they lose their captain and star player (Danika Yarosh) to a moped accident. Thrown into near-paralysis by grief, under the wise direction of its coach (Helen Hunt) the ensemble pulls together thanks […]

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“Acrimony” (Lionsgate)

Taraji P. Henson and Lyriq Bent star in a scene from the movie "Acrimony." The Catholic News Service classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Lurid drama about an apparently long-suffering wife (Ajiona Alexus in youth, Taraji P. Henson in maturity) whose ne’er-do-well inventor husband (first Antonio Madison, later Lyriq Bent) runs through the sizable inheritance she received from her mother, then endangers the family home she was also allotted in Mom’s will. But the end […]

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