Lisa DeKezel is named the new president of OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg

Lisa DeKezel

GALESBURG — OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center has a new president. On Nov. 18, Lisa DeKezel will assume responsibility for directing all internal operations, working to ensure access to affordable, high quality health care for the communities served by OSF St. Mary. She succeeds Jennifer Junis, who is now senior vice president for OSF […]

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Peoria Notre Dame rallies to capture school’s first golf state championship

Members of the 2019 Class 2A Illinois High School Association state champion golf team from Peoria Notre Dame hold their trophy after the final round of competition Saturday at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal. Pictured are, from left, Coach Ryan Julius, Ben Dotson, Sam Newton, Mikey Wales, Zach Buscher, Gavin Smith, Ben Byrkit, and Rhett Bianchi. Team members not pictured include Alex Chiou, Andrew Berry, Bradley Schiefling, Brock Carver, Eli Polonus, Evan Gehrke, Gordon Jockisch, Jefferey Nosalik, Robby Rashid, Thatcher Spears, Wesley Schmeilski, and Will Petrakis. (Provided photo)

In their quest for the school’s first golf state championship, the Peoria Notre Dame boys team faced a seemingly impossible uphill climb Saturday at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal. But a combination of resilience, talent and inspiration transformed a seven stroke deficit with just three holes to play into a […]

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OSF HealthCare finalizes merger agreement with Little Company of Mary

Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago. (Photo from LCM Health News)

The boards of OSF HealthCare and Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers have adopted a definitive merger agreement and decided on a new name for the major facility serving Chicago’s southwest side: OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center. The announcement was made Oct. 9 and the merger is anticipated to […]

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“Zombieland: Double Tap” (Columbia)

Zoey Deutch, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson star in a scene from the movie "Zombieland: Double Tap." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Sony Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Follow-up to the 2009 horror-comedy combination charts the further adventures of the original’s central quartet — Jesse Eisenberg’s amiable nebbish, Woody Harrelson’s macho gunman, Emma Stone’s commitment-averse loner and her fancy-free sibling, played by Abigail Breslin — as they continue to fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by flesh-craving […]

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“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (Disney)

Elle Fanning, Angelina Jolie and Sam Riley star in a scene from the movie "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Disney)

By Catholic News Service This routine follow-up to the 2014 live action reworking of the classic fairy tale, and 1959 animated Disney feature, “Sleeping Beauty” reverses the anti-traditional thrust of its predecessor by having its young heroine, the once-cursed Queen Aurora (Elle Fanning), accept the proposal of her longtime suitor, Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson). But […]

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Meet Gloria Bridgestock, accompanist at St. Matthew, Farmington for 70-plus years

Gloria Bridgestock is shown in her familiar domain -- at the piano in the choir loft of St. Matthew Church in Farmington. The parish recently honored the 87-year-old musician for serving as accompanist at Masses for more than 70 years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

FARMINGTON — More than 70 years ago, Gloria Muzzarelli — then barely a teenager — played the tiny one-octave pump organ at St. Matthew Church for the first time all on her own at a Sunday Mass. It didn’t go well. “When it was time for the Sanctus, I played too soon,” she recalls. A […]

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“The Addams Family” (MGM)

Appearing in the animated movie "The Addams Family" are Charlize Theron as the voice of Morticia Addams, Chloe Grace Moretz as the voice of Wednesday Addams, Oscar Isaac as the voice of Gomez Addams, Finn Wolfhard as the voice of Pugsley and Nick Kroll as the voice of Uncle Fester. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

By Catholic News Service Those endearing ghouls created by Charles Addams in his 1930s cartoons for The New Yorker magazine inspire yet another big-screen adaptation, an animated film directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan. Gomez (voice of Oscar Isaac) and his wife Morticia (voice of Charlize Theron), face parenting issues with both their children, […]

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“Jexi” (Lionsgate)

Adam DeVine stars in a scene from the movie "Jexi." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/CBS films)

By Catholic News Service Vulgar one-joke comedy about a cellphone-addicted San Francisco internet worker (Adam Devine) whose life is turned upside down when he acquires a new device that comes equipped with the virtual assistant of the title (voice of Rose Byrne), an insulting, domineering personality determined to get him out of his lonely rut. […]

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Special song prepared at Geneseo school for Priests Pedaling for Prayers

Father Adam Cesarek gives high-fives to the students at St. Malachy School in Geneseo as the Priests Pedaling for Prayers head to Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee Sept. 30. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

GENESEO — To prepare for a visit from the Priests Pedaling for Prayers and their companions, students at St. Malachy School learned a song written by music teacher Elizabeth Hulsbrink. “It came to me off the top of my head,” she told The Catholic Post before Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek, and Father Michael […]

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Priests’ ride across the diocese an adventure, like a life in God’s plan

The Priests Pedaling for Prayers and their companions prepare to start their 350-mile journey across the Diocese of Peoria on Sept. 30. Dipping their back tires into the Mississippi River are (from left) Axel Jimenez, Father Michael Pica, Deacon Matt Levy, Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek, Brother Benedict, CSJ, Chris Hebel, and Dr. Michael Cruz. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As they dipped the rear tires of their bicycles into the Mississippi River at Schuler’s Shady Grove Boat Ramp in Rapids City on Sept. 30, Father Tom Otto, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Michael Pica had no idea what would happen in the 350 miles they would travel before getting to the Indiana state line […]

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