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Retired Navy captain has new duty on the H.S. of Saint Thomas More leadership team

Anthony Corapi is the new chief operating officer at The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign.

CHAMPAIGN — During his career as a naval aviator, retired Capt. Anthony Corapi moved throughout the United States 14 times and figures he’s been around the world twice. As exciting as that was, he is looking forward to exploring new vistas as the chief operating officer at The High School of Saint Thomas More. In […]

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“Candyman” (Universal)

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Colman Domingo star in a scene from the movie "Candyman." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Universal Pictures and MGM Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Searching for fresh inspiration, an artistically blocked painter (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who, together with his cohabiting girlfriend (Teyonah Parris), lives in a gentrified neighborhood that was formerly home to a notorious Chicago housing project, investigates the urban legend concerning the hook-handed murderer of the title that long prevailed among the once-deprived […]

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‘Expectations exceeded’ at school in Uganda being built with local gifts

In just three and a half years, the campus of St. Patrick Nursery and Primary Day and Boarding School in Uganda has grown to include dormitories for boys and girls, a large classroom block named for St. Monica Parish in East Peoria, housing for teachers and an administration building, among other facilities and construction continues. Father Julius Turyatoranwa credits the generosity of people in central Illinois for the school’s success. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — Like everywhere else, COVID-19 has affected the people of Uganda, making it difficult to travel and hold school. Father Julius Turyatoranwa didn’t let it stop him from making his way back to central Illinois, however, and bringing good news about St. Patrick Nursery and Primary Day and Boarding School. He arrived on Aug. […]

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Tim Smith is welcomed as principal into ‘family’ at St. Malachy School, Geneseo

Tim Smith

GENESEO — As an educator and administrator with more than 30 years of experience, Tim Smith has seen many first days of school. What made Aug. 23 so special for him, however, was welcoming and being welcomed by his new “family” at St. Malachy School. Smith was named to succeed Heather Francque as principal of […]

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Diocese’s first married principals guiding Galesburg, Monmouth Catholic schools

She may be a Costa Catholic Academy Friar now and he may be a Immaculate Conception School Trojan, but Katie and Randy Frakes see eye-to-eye when it comes to teaching and witnessing to the faith, providing a good academic program, and supporting one another through all the challenges that come with being the Diocese of Peoria's first married principals. She is starting her first year at Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg and he is just down the road at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Randy and Kathryn Frakes weren’t afraid of letting a little school pride show on a recent August morning. The principal of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth, he wore an ICS blue shirt bearing the team mascot, a Trojan. As the new principal of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg, she was dressed appropriately enough in Costa […]

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‘Stepping Up’: Caitie Crowley chronicles post-accident suffering, hope in Christ

"Stepping Up: How Christ Turned My Pain and Suffering into Hope and Joy," is the first book by Caitie Crowley, a member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria.

Caitie Crowley never thought she would write a book. But then the 26-year-old member of St. Jude Parish in Peoria never anticipated how her life would change in an instant on a sunny May afternoon in 2019 when, during her routine drive home from work, a car suddenly came directly at her traveling the wrong […]

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Mary garden at St. Mary, Bloomington, is among winners of national contest

This Mary garden at St. Mary Church in Bloomington has been named the third-place winner in the community garden category of the 2021 Mary Garden Contest sponsored by the Museum of Family Prayer.

BLOOMINGTON — A little more than two years ago, a statue of Mary in need of cleaning was surrounded by overgrown evergreens in an alcove between St. Mary Church here and the parish rectory. On Aug. 18, a beautiful Mary garden created in that same spot received national recognition. The garden at St. Mary Church, […]

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Bishop Tylka’s September prayer calendar for parishes and religious communities

Bishop Tylka's prayer calendar for September has Holy Cross Parish in Mendota slated for special remembrance on Sept. 14, the feast of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name this year, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious […]

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“PAW Patrol: The Movie” (Paramount)

This is a scene from the animated movie "PAW Patrol: The Movie." The Catholic News Service classification is A-I -- general patronage. (CNS/Spin Master, Paramount Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Pleasant big-screen version of the Nickelodeon cartoon series about a rescue crew of puppies led by a preteen boy (voice of Will Brisbin). After the egotistical politician (voice of Ron Pardo) who has long been their nemesis is corruptly elected mayor of a nearby city, the team relocates there from the […]

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