“Captive State” (Focus)

John Goodman and Ashton Sanders star in a scene from the movie "Captive State." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Focus Features)

By Catholic News Service Drab sci-fi drama in which, nine years after humanity surrendered the earth to invading aliens, a young Chicago man (Ashton Sanders) gets caught up in a conspiracy to rebel against them. He and the other plotters are tracked by a local police official (John Goodman) whose ultimate allegiance in the struggle […]

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‘Pi Day’ brings joy — and pie — to young mathematician at St. Philomena School

Eighth-grader Eddie Couri of St. Philomena School in Peoria demonstrates -- for only two minutes -- his ability to recite 2,034 of the digits that make up the mathematical constant known as pi. It took him 25 minutes to reach his record-breaking total on March 14, Pi Day. Pi begins with 3.14159. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Most people probably would rather spend 25 minutes eating pie than reciting as many digits as they could for pi, the mathematical constant that is used to determine the area and circumference of a circle. Then again, most people aren’t Eddie Couri. An eighth-grader at St. Philomena School in Peoria, Couri was able to recite […]

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“Wonder Park” (Paramount)

Animated characters are seen in the movie "Wonder Park." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. Not otherwise rated. (CNS/Paramount Animation)

By Catholic News Service When her mother (voice of Jennifer Garner) becomes seriously ill and must go away for medical treatment, a young girl (voice of Brianna Denski) lashes out by turning her back on the imaginary amusement park they had created together with the help of an ensemble of stuffed animals (the most prominent […]

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“Five Feet Apart” (Lionsgate)

Hayley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse star in a scene from the movie "Five Feet Apart." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/CBS Films)

By Catholic News Service This generally engaging young-adult romantic drama about the redeeming power of sacrificial love is aimed, with the precision of a heat-seeking missile, at 17-year-old girls. But mature themes, including sexuality, preclude endorsement for most adolescents. Director Justin Baldoni and screenwriters Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis take on mortality from cystic fibrosis, […]

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Gradual process took him to seminary and now he tells others: ‘Be not afraid’

Nicholas Conner, a graduate of Holy Family School in Peoria and Peoria Notre Dame, was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Peoria last year and is studying at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Photo by Nellie Photography)

Nicholas Conner tried to ignore it, but God’s call to explore the priesthood wouldn’t go away. “In moments of prayer and contemplation, that’s how it would always come back,” said the Peoria native and graduate of Holy Family School and Peoria Notre Dame. “I could never shake it.” Now he doesn’t want to. Accepted as […]

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Traveling Vocations Crucifix leads to prayers, awareness at St. Patrick, Wapella

Clint Martens holds the Traveling Vocations Crucifix that has been hosted in his family's home on several occasions since Vocatoin Awareness Week last November. With him and wife Judy are their daughters Claire Martens (left) and Abby Davis of Atwood. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

WAPELLA — It comes as no surprise to the members of St. Patrick Parish here that there is a need for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. For many years, the lively little parish in De Witt County had a resident pastor, who also served as chaplain at Central Catholic High School in […]

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Faith journey continues for candidates, catechumens at Rite of Election liturgies

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, greets Tony Raya from St. Mary in Moline, who will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Presenting him is Father Antonio Dittmer, pastor. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Judy Garmon of St. Mary Parish in Hampton couldn’t stop gazing up at the ceiling of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. “It looks like the heavens,” she said, asking about the symbols painted among the stars. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, smiled broadly as he saw Garmon and 285 other people who are preparing to […]

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Bishop appoints Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, as principal of Peoria Notre Dame

Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, to serve as principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School for the remainder of the current academic year. The announcement was made March 6. Sister Sara, who has taught theology and directed campus ministry at the school for seven years, was to have succeeded […]

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We’re all (PND) Irish

Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, and one doesn’t have to be Irish to celebrate the popular saint of Ireland. In the Diocese of Peoria, St. Patrick is patron of 22 of our parishes. Similarly, as the last few weeks have proven, one doesn’t have to be affiliated with Peoria Notre Dame High School to feel […]

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St. Margaret’s Health, Spring Valley and IVCH, Peru, may consolidate operations

St. Margaret's Hospital is a 69-licensed bed facility in Spring Valley. It was founded in 1903 by seven Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. (Photo from

SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s Health in Spring Valley, a member of SMP Health System, and Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) in Peru announced March 4 that they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to consolidate their operations and form a regional health network. While emphasizing that this is the beginning of a process, […]

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