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Catholic schools in East Moline, Peoria, and Rantoul welcome new principals

Students weren’t the only ones to have a first day of school in diocesan schools this fall. Two principals also started the year in new schools, and one more has come out of retirement to lead the school he last served. Stacie Gianessi, who has been principal of St. Malachy School in Rantoul since 2015, […]

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New medical office building planned for OSF St. Joseph campus in Bloomington

An architect's drawing of the $24 million, 53,000 square foot medical office building expected to be completed on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington by August of 2019. (Provided photo)

BLOOMINGTON — With prayers for the safety of construction workers and excitement for improvements it will bring to health care in the region, groundbreaking ceremonies took place Aug. 29 for a $24 million medical office building to be built on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center here. “This is God’s work,” said […]

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Perino Science Center dedicated at St. Bede, becomes new school entrance

Alumnus Angelo Perino cuts the ribbon to the new Perino Science Center at St. Bede Academy in Peru, while Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, and Andrea Perino hold it steady. Among those looking on are, from left, Michelle Mershon, principal of St. Bede; Matt McGinnis, director of the Legacy Project; and Dr. Ted Struck, superintendent of St. Bede. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Expressing great gratitude for the gifts made and hard work undertaken over the last three years, Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, offered a prayer of blessing as the new Perino Science Center at St. Bede Academy was dedicated Aug. 19. “Come and see our new home,” he said, as he prepared to walk through […]

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Bishop appoints Fr. Michael Andrejek as the new vicar of the Pekin Vicariate

Father Michael Andrejek

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed Father Michael Andrejek, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Pekin, as the new vicar of the Pekin Vicariate. Father Andrejek succeeds Father Steven Willard, who was recently named pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Peoria. Ordained in 1998, Father Andrejek has served as pastor of the […]

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“BlacKkKlansman” (Focus)

Adam Driver and John David Washington star in a scene from the movie "Blackkklansman." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service After becoming the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the early 1970s, a rookie cop (John David Washington) is first assigned to infiltrate a lecture by ex-Black Panther Kwame Ture — born Stokely Carmichael — (Corey Hawkins), then casually manages to contact the local Ku Klux Klan by […]

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“Kin” (Summit)

Dennis Quaid and Myles Truitt star in a scene from the movie "Kin." 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 This gritty but somewhat intriguing crime thriller with an overlay of science fiction finds an ex-con (Jack Reynor) on the run from the half-crazed head (James Franco) of a protection racket with his 14-year-old African-American adopted brother (Myles Truitt) in tow. Unbeknownst to his sibling, the youngster has accidentally acquired an […]

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“Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman — Rage of Atlantis” (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment)

This is a scene from the animated movie "Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not otherwise rated. (CNS/Warner Brothers Home Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service Arch, colorful, and free of gory violence and vulgarity, this animated straight-to-video adventure is what comics-based films should be, namely, fun. Far beneath the sea, an Atlantean troublemaker (voice of Trevor Devall) dethrones the titular hero, his half-brother (voice of Dee Bradley Baker), as King of the Seven Seas. Aided by […]

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Bloomington native Thomas Junis makes first profession of vows as a Salesian

Margie and Mitch Junis place their hands on the shoulders of their son, Brother Thomas Junis, as he professes his first vows as a Salesian of Don Bosco. (Provided photo)

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — A Bloomington native who credits the example of the late Msgr. Gregory Ketcham and the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary for encouraging his vocation, has made his first profession as a Salesian of Don Bosco. Brother Thomas Scott Junis, SDB, professed his vows — with the intent of […]

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Funeral Mass at Holy Cross, Champaign, Saturday for Deacon J. Robert Ulbrich, 75

Deacon J. Robert Ulbrich

CHAMPAIGN — A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Holy Cross Church here for Deacon J. Robert Ulbrich, a permanent deacon who served the parish since his ordination in 2007. Deacon Ulbrich died on Aug. 23, 2018, at Evanston Hospital in Evanston. He was 75. Visitation is scheduled from […]

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Our Lady leads Militia of the Immaculata to choose West Peoria as national home

Father Bill Miller presides at blessing ceremonies Aug. 14 at the new national home of the Militia of the Immaculata, located at 2106 W. Heading Avenue in West Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

WEST PEORIA — The national home of the Militia of the Immaculata has relocated to the Diocese of Peoria. “It became clear to the National Council that this is where Our Lady wanted us to make a home,” said John Galten, national president of the worldwide organization that promotes total consecration to Mary. Founded in […]

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