Peru priest, Streator teacher training to ‘Dance Dance Dance for Charity’ Dec. 10

Darcy Mollo, fine arts teacher at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator, and Father Jacob Rose, pastor of St. Joseph Parish and Peru Catholic School in Peru, work on their routine for "Dance Dance Dance for Charity." The competition to raise funds to keep the arts in Illinois Valley schools, will take place Sunday, Dec. 10, in the ballroom of Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Course in La Salle. (Provided photo)

LA SALLE — Father Jacob Rose and Darcy Mollo may not have a lot of experience when it comes to ballroom dancing, but that has made them all the more determined to “Dance Dance Dance for Charity” in an effort to keep the arts in Illinois Valley schools. Sponsored by OmniArts in Starved Rock Country, […]

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Invitation to ‘Spiritual Motherhood’ as a way to care for souls, especially priests

Shelly Zwadlo of Historic St. Patrick Parish in Bloomington visits with Father Joseph Aytona, CPM, during a break in the Spiritual Motherhood Conference sponsored by the Bishop's Commission on Women in the Church and in Society. It was held Nov. 18 at Blessed Sacrament in Morton. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

MORTON — Mary’s willingness to do God’s will made it possible for Jesus to begin his priesthood through her motherhood, and the priests who follow him now need the same kind of prayer and sacrifice in the form of spiritual motherhood, according to Father Joseph Aytona. A member of the Fathers of Mercy and founder […]

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Gwenn Roche to leave principal post at Corpus Christi School, Bloomington

Gwenn Roche

BLOOMINGTON — Gwenn Roche, principal of Corpus Christi School since 2013, has announced that she will be leaving at the end of the year so her husband, Patrick, can accept a job in the Columbia, Missouri, area. The move will take them closer to their daughters, grandchildren and extended family in Kansas City, Missouri, but […]

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Maureen Bentley, Diocese of Peoria’s 2017-18 Distinguished Principal, prefers ‘we,’ not ‘I’

Maureen Bentley, principal at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights, catches up with Jax Cowan and Katie Lai as they work on an art project in Angela Umdenstock's kindergarten class. Bentley has been named the Office of Catholic Schools' Distinguished Principal for 2017-18. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PEORIA HEIGHTS — Maureen Bentley doesn’t use the word “I” very often. In fact, when it comes to St. Thomas the Apostle School, she prefers to talk about what “we” have accomplished. “We’ve always been a very rigorous school,” said Bentley, who has been principal at the Peoria Heights school since 2004. “We’ve proven ourselves […]

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Gratitude, pride as Central Catholic H.S. celebrates National Blue Ribbon award

Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, presents the plaque designating Central Catholic High School in Bloomington as a National Blue Ribbon School to principal Sean Foster at a celebration on Nov. 17. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Students, faculty and staff, families and benefactors of Central Catholic High School often say, “It’s great to be a Saint,” and now the U.S. Department of Education has joined the chorus. Central Catholic was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School at the end of September, and the award came home from Washington, […]

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DCCW Remembrance Day recalls Annawan’s Guthrie in special way

Father Timothy Sauppé leads prayers for the dead at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan at the conclusion of a Day of Remembrance for All Souls sponsored by the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The grave of Maralyn Guthrie, former DCCW president, is in the foreground. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ANNAWAN — Maralyn Guthrie loved the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and spared no effort to get people involved in the good work being done. The affection was mutual and on Nov. 6, the DCCW recalled her many contributions at a Day of Remembrance for All Souls. It was held at Sacred Heart in […]

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‘Little Free Pantry,’ other ideas helping to fill needs, stomachs at Sophia’s Kitchen

Claire Crone, director of Sophia's Kitchen in Peoria, restocks the new Little Free Pantry. People may take what they need at any time. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Providing a sack lunch and beverages five days a week isn’t enough at Sophia’s Kitchen in Peoria. Claire Crone director, said it is important to serve people in the way they need, not in the way that works best for the sandwich program. A survey of the patrons taken in June gave the staff and […]

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Diocesan Ultreya brings Cursillistas from five regional sites to St. Mary’s Cathedral

Reaching across the aisles of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, those who have made Cursillo around the diocese praise God during the Our Father at the Mass for the Diocesan Ultreya on Nov. 4. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Monthly gatherings with a reflection, Mass and plenty of time to socialize are a mainstay of the Cursillo experience, but there was nothing ordinary about the Diocesan Ultreya that filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria Nov. 4. Believed to be the first celebration of its kind, the Ultreya drew representatives from the Northwest Area Cursillo, […]

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At 109, Blanche Hewitt of Sheffield follows her own advice: “Keep going”

Blanche Hewitt stands next to a horse-drawn carriage, the only mode of transportation when she was born in Atkinson in 1908. A former bank executive, she continues to live in the Sheffield house she built with her husband and asks each morning, "What are we doing today?" (Provided photo/Terri Skiles)

SHEFFIELD — At 109, Blanche Hewitt could be forgiven for wanting to take things easy, but that’s not how she rolls. “Every day she says, ‘What are we doing today?’,” according to her daughter, Helen Hewitt of California, who recently spent two weeks in central Illinois to celebrate her mother’s milestone birthday. “Her favorite saying […]

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Father Laible helps wounded warriors find peace during pilgrimage to Lourdes

Father Jeffrey Laible, spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes, distributes Communion during Mass for English-speaking service members and their companions at the grotto in Lourdes, France, during the International Military Pilgrimage in May 2016. He has been taking part in the program for wounded warriors since 2014. (Provided photo/Lt. Col. William Wong, M.D.)

LINCOLN — As Veterans Day approaches, plans are being made around the diocese to honor the men and women who have served their country. From his office at Holy Family Church here, Father Jeffrey Laible is also working to bring them the healing they may still need physically, spiritually and emotionally. A lieutenant colonel in […]

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