Love wears many hats in Geneseo

The students at St. Malachy Catholic School in Geneseo model hats knitted for them by their “lunch lady” Chelsie Pettie. Katrina Jensen/St. Malachy School

By Kimberly Souba for The Catholic Post Online GENESEO — When Chelsie Pettie, a cafeteria worker employed by Geneseo Public School District arrived at her post at St. Malachy Catholic School here last month, she had no idea of the distinction she was about to receive. Pettie, who has served lunch to St. Malachy students […]

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On Eagle’s Wings: Aledo teen’s restored grotto beautifies St. Catherine Church

Ray Leon proudly stands at the beautiful new grotto that is now located on the south lawn of St. Catherine Church. The new stone wall serves as a backdrop to the restored statues of Our Blessed Mother and the children of Fatima. Supplied photo

By Courtney Grussing for The Catholic Post Online   ALEDO — St. Catherine Church in Aledo has a renovated Our Lady of Fatima grotto thanks to 15-year-old Ray Leon. As part of his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project, Ray designed and rebuilt a new stone grotto that now serves as a peaceful spot for […]

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Dr. Jerry Sanderson appointed diocesan superintendent of schools

The Most Reverend Louis Tylka, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jerry Sanderson as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Sanderson has been serving as interim superintendent since January 31. Since 2001, he held the position of associate superintendent in the Office of Catholic Schools, where he assisted […]

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Peoria Diocese front and center at March for Life

Joshua Pierce (near right), is with U of I classmates in the front flank of a crowd of thousands preparing to peacefully march through downtown Springfield to uphold the value of every human life. “Surrounded by my friends, I’ve been treated like other able-bodied people. I’m really thankful and grateful for that,” said Pierce, who is wheelchair bound. The Catholic Post Online/ Paul Thomas Moore

SPRINGFIELD — During his homily at the Mass for Illinois March for Life participants at Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois on April 17, Joliet Bishop Ronald Hicks asked what seemed like a simple question: “Where do you live?” One by one, Bishop Hicks invited people from the various dioceses in […]

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Women, “backbone of our parishes,” honored at volunteer recognition day

Bishop Louis Tylka stands with volunteers being honored for their volunteer service after Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 12. The Catholic Post Online/Paul Thomas Moore

On April 12 in Peoria, the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (PDCCW) gathered to recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers across the diocese. As outgoing president Mary Ann Hughes said at a luncheon at Spalding Pastoral Center following Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, “I want to . . . thank all the honorees who […]

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Fr. Edward Harkrader, 94, Purple Heart recipient, dies; funeral April 19

Father Edward Harkrader

Father Edward O. Harkrader, 94, died April 1, 2024, at Accolade Healthcare in Peoria. Father Harkrader – Father Ed – was born in Peoria on Sept. 30, 1930, and attended Peoria public schools, graduating from Peoria High School in 1948. He then attended Bradley University, graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science. […]

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Kids’ Books that Carry the Light of Easter

Three books to carry the spirit of Easter through the full 50 days of the season: The Narrow Gate; The Snail and the King; and The Holy Spirit and the Greatest Adventure

Reviewed by Katie Bogner As we carry on through the 50 days of the Easter season, books are a great way to share the story of Jesus’ resurrection with kids, and books can also be a tool to continue teaching them about the lasting impact of Easter on each of our lives. Here are three […]

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Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy to Close

NEWS RELEASE Catholic Diocese of Peoria April 10, 2024 Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy PEORIA, IL: The Office of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Peoria, has announced that Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy in East Moline will close at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year. The Diocese will help families transition to nearby […]

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Peru has a hospital again

While staff pray along, Father Michael Driscoll blesses the OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Peru on Friday, April 5. The hospital opened its doors to the public on April 7. Provided photo

PERU — OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Peru opened its doors to the public on Sunday, April 7. Earlier, on Friday, April 5, the center was blessed by Father Michael Driscoll, Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care of OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Ottawa, of which the Peru hospital is the second campus. […]

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