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After vows, Sister Clara Maria continues her ‘campus ministry in a habit’ at ISU

Sister Clara Maria of the Visitation and the Precious Blood of Christ smiles as she professes her perpetual vows as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Receiving those vows is Mother Adela Galindo, foundress. Sister Clara Maria is assistant director of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at Illinois State University in Normal. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — At one point in her life, Sister Clara Maria Malay, SCTJM, discerned that she was being called to marriage. Little did she know then that the call she had received was to be a bride of Christ as a member of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. She entered […]

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Schools, parishes, families respond generously to ‘Box of Joy’ project

Nympha White (right) accepts 90 Boxes of Joy from Deena Pavinato of Holy Family in Oglesby. It was the first year the parish participated in the Cross Catholic Outreach project to benefit children in need at Christmas. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Christmas will be merrier for 1,203 children in need because caring people of all ages around the Diocese of Peoria sent them a Box of Joy through Cross Catholic Outreach. That includes 769 boxes brought to the drop-off center sponsored by St. Joseph in Brimfield and St. James in Williamsfield. Tina Windish, project leader, said […]

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Funeral Mass planned Nov. 29 for Sister Cecile Baer, OSB, founding member of SPEC

Sister Cecile (Muriel) Baer, OSB, a longtime teacher and principal, was also one of the founders of Special People Encounter Christ (SPEC) in Moline.

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Cecile (Muriel) Baer, OSB, a founding member of Special People Encounter Christ in the Quad Cities, is planned for Monday, Nov. 29, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery. The liturgy is private, but will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. through the Facebook page of […]

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Funeral Mass Nov. 22 for Sister Catherine Maloney, OSB, longtime teacher, chaplain

Sister Catherine Maloney, OSB, celebrated her 70th anniversary as a Sister of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island this year. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, Nov. 22, in the chapel of St. Mary Monastery for Sister Catherine Patricia Ann Maloney, OSB. While it is not open to the public, the liturgy will be livestreamed at 10 a.m. through the Facebook page of the Benedictine Sisters of St. […]

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Purgatory explored, ‘poor souls’ prayed for at PDCCW Day of Remembrance

Father Alexander Millar raises the monstrance in blessing as the Holy Hour for the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's Day of Remembrance for the Holy Souls comes to an end. It was held at St. Joseph Church in Marseilles on Nov. 13. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MARSEILLES — Accepting the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s invitation to come together for a Day of Remembrance for the Holy Souls last Saturday, a small group of women considered what is important in their lives and what the reality of their own death and eternal life with Christ means. The day was hosted […]

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Elementary gains help Catholic school enrollment rebound, grow by 2 percent

Teacher's aide Stephanie Lewis works on a puzzle with Josie Kilgore in one of the two kindergarten classrooms at St. Philomena School in Peoria. At 53, St. Philomena's kindergarten class is the largest in the Diocese of Peoria this year and the school's largest since 2010. The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Enrollment in Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria has rebounded slightly from last year for an overall increase of 2 percent and now stands at 9,567 students. That includes a 5 percent increase at the elementary level — what Jerry Sanderson, associate superintendent, calls “a very healthy climb.” “A year ago we had 7,360 […]

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‘Microschool’ approach of St. Edward, Chillicothe, shared in national magazine

St. Edward School in Chillicothe is featured in the November issue of Momentum Magazine, published by the National Catholic Educational Association.

CHILLICOTHE — When it comes to multiage instruction, Mike Domico did his homework and now St. Edward School here is earning high marks with parents, teachers and parishioners, not to mention the National Catholic Educational Association. Domico, principal of St. Edward School, was featured in the November issue of Momentum Magazine, which is published by […]

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Activities developed as companion resource to children’s book on Sheen

A page from the activity book designed by Katie Boger is seen next to "Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week" by Bonnie Engstrom. The artwork by Mariam Khoury Briggs was used with her permission in Bogner's resource. (Provided photo)

“Fulton Sheen and the Very Bad Week” now has a companion activity book. Katie Bogner, junior high faith formation teacher at St. Philomena School in Peoria, designed it to help students in kindergarten through fourth grade learn more about Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It also invites children to go deeper into one of the […]

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Metamora native pens book that points youth to the treasure of the Eucharist

Janeen Zaio, author of "The Treasure with a Face," visits the third- and fourth-graders in Joyce Heiple's class at St. Mary School in Metamora Oct. 21. A 1985 graduate of the school, she shared her book about how a boy not much older than they are discovered the gift of Jesus in the Eucharist. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

METAMORA — As the U.S. bishops prepare to continue their work on a teaching document about the Eucharist, Metamora native Janeen Zaio is doing her part to win young hearts for Jesus with her debut book, “The Treasure with a Face.” She introduced it to students at St. Mary School here during a visit to […]

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Citing care for creation, Benedictine Monastery in Rock Island goes ‘solar’

Newly installed solar panels are seen in this aerial view of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. "The panels have the potential to provide up to 98 percent of the annual electrical needs for the monastery and as much as 80 percent for Benet House Retreat Center. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — It wasn’t very long after God created the earth that he set the sun in the sky “to govern the day.” Now that same sun is providing the energy needed for the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery to minister to God’s people and care for his creation. With the […]

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