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Catholic-run senior facility in Normal to add nursing and memory care units

Msgr. Eric Powell sprinkles holy water during blessing ceremonies Aug. 21 at The Village at Mercy Creek in Normal. Among those looking on are two members of the leadership of Franciscan Ministries, which acquired the senior living facility a year ago -- John Glover, chief operating officer, and Dan Noonan, chief financial officer. (The Catholic Post, Tom Dermody)

NORMAL — The Village at Mercy Creek on Aug. 21 marked one year as a Franciscan Ministries senior living community by announcing plans to expand in 2020. “We think there is a real need in this marketplace to extend our mission through skilled nursing and memory care units we want to construct here,” said Dan […]

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Admitted to candidacy for Holy Orders, 21 men form Permanent Deacon Class XI

The 21 men in Permanent Deacon Class XI pose with Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, after being admitted as candidates for Holy Orders during Mass on Aug. 18 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. Standing behind the bishop are Deacon Ed Mallow, Deacon Gary Koerner, Deacon Todd Weber, and Deacon Joe Knapp, members of the team working with the deacon candidates. Concelebrating with the bishop were Father Donald Levitt (far left) of Christ the King, Moline, and Father Mark DeSutter of Sacred Heart, Moline, the pastors of three of the candidates. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Declaring their resolve to complete their preparation for Holy Orders and assume ministry within the church, 21 men were admitted to candidacy for the permanent diaconate by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on Aug. 18. The Ritual for Candidacy took place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. Father Donald Levitt […]

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“Angel Has Fallen” (Lionsgate)

Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman star in a scene from the movie "Angel Has Fallen." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Third installment in the series focusing on a dedicated and highly skilled Secret Service agent (Gerard Butler) who, this time out, is elaborately framed for a devastating assassination attempt against the president (Morgan Freeman) that left a slew of the operative’s comrades dead and the chief executive in a coma. As […]

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“Ready or Not” (Fox Searchlight)

Samara Weaving stars in a scene from the movie "Ready or Not." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Fox)

By Catholic News Service Thoroughly unpleasant horror fantasy, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, about a bride (Samara Weaving) who belatedly discovers that one of her wealthy groom’s (Mark O’Brien) ancestors long ago made a devilish pact that could have fatal consequences for her. The terms of the Faustian bargain by which the clan […]

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Tutors are sought to help girls from low-income families grow in academics, virtue

Girls taking part in the two-week PAVE Summer Camp at the rural home of Dr. Steve and Kate Smart pose on a tractor. The camp blended outdoor fun with lessons on citizenship, art, math, literature, and cooking as well as faith and virtues. PAVE stands for Pursuing Academic and Virtue Excellence. (Provided photo)

With no budget but a love for children from low income families, Kate Smart and a few friends are trying to PAVE the way for a miracle. They seek to duplicate in Peoria the success of a Catholic tutoring program in the heart of Chicago’s inner city that since 2000 boasts 100 percent high school […]

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Superintendent reflects on 5 marks that identify distinctively Catholic schools

Father Joel Phelps blesses St. Malachy School in Rantoul and its students, faculty, and staff after dedicating its new chapel room in this 2018 file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

By Dr. Sharon Weiss, Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria Welcome back to our school communities as we begin a new academic year!  Summer is a time of rest and renewal, but we always looks forward to the excitement that a new year brings. At the celebration of Holy Mass one Sunday […]

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Happy New Year and blessings to teachers, students, and parents as schools reopen

Students from Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington walk hand-in-hand in this file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

By Lucia A. Silecchia EDITOR’S NOTE: The author is a Professor of Law at the Catholic University of America. The Catholic Post frequently publishes her column on finding the sacred in the simple called “On Ordinary Times.” We publish this one online for timeliness and interest as our schools reopen across the Diocese of Peoria.   […]

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“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (Annapurna)

Cate Blanchett and Billy Crudup star in a scene from the movie "Where'd You Go, Bernadette." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Annapurna Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Director and co-writer Richard Linklater’s adaptation of the 2012 best-seller by Maria Semple follows a devoted mom (Cate Blanchett) but an otherwise abominable human being as she goes through mental difficulties after devastating setbacks in her architectural career. When a proposed family trip with her successful computer programmer husband (Billy Crudup) […]

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“Blinded by the Light” (Warner Bros.)

Viveik Kalra and Nell Williams star in a scene from the movie "Blinded by the Light." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service The hardscrabble world of 1980s Luton, England, provides the setting for this touching fact-based mix of drama and comedy from writer-director Gurinder Chadha. Amid political and racial tensions, a British Pakistani teen (Viveik Kalra) aspires to be a poet but is hemmed in by his overbearing father (Kulvinder Ghir), who wants […]

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To enter religious life, Champaign woman seeking help through #ProjectMiracle

Shortly after arriving in the Diocese of Peoria in 2015, Pamela Rose Suresca (kneeling fourth from left) attended a celebration of consecrated life at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Also pictured is Sister Theresa Lee, FMA (kneeling sixth from left), who is now vocations director for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, the community Suresca hopes to enter in September. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Miracles can be hard to come by, but Pamela Rose Suresca isn’t letting that stop her from pursuing one as if the rest of her life depends on it. Suresca, who recently ended her job as director of mission formation for weDignify in Champaign, hopes to enter the Daughters of Mary Help of […]

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