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Vermilion County faithful rally to support burn victim Sam Matthews, family

Sam Matthews is only allowed one visitor at a time at the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis and Alyssa Alwardt makes the trip from Hoopeston faithfully. She and Kari Matthews, Sam’s mother, have been supporting one another. (Provided photo/Kari Matthews)

DANVILLE — He is only allowed one person in his room during visiting hours in the burn center at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, but Sam Matthews is never alone. He has been surrounded by prayers from people all over Vermilion County — and beyond — since the devastating fire on Feb. 5 that left him […]

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Teacher becomes ‘Bride of Christ’ as she is consecrated to the Order of Virgins

Christine Pinheiro prostrates herself on the sanctuary floor of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on Feb. 5 as the Litany of the Saints is sung during the Mass at which she was consecrated to the Order of Virgins. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Wearing a wedding dress as she stood before Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, Christine Pinheiro resolved to accept consecration as a bride of Christ last Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. A Latin and theology teacher at Peoria Notre Dame, she became the sixth woman in the Diocese of Peoria to be consecrated to the […]

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Distinguished Principal — “It’s been an awesome journey,” says Patsy Santen

Patsy Santen, principal at St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria, enjoys being in the classroom when she can. Here she is working with fifth-grader Patrick Rodgers, who is reading about the life of Henry Ford. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

It isn’t unusual to see Patsy Santen leave the principal’s office at St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria with a clipboard in her hand. With so many requests and things to document as part of a routine day, she doesn’t want to forget anything needed by her “family.” “I’ve been blessed to have — […]

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Distinguished Pastor: Service a hallmark for Fr. Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv.

During a visit to Tuyen Witt’s second grade classroom, Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., talks over a math problem with Payton Blocker. He also talked to the students about their First Communion this spring. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Father Paul Joseph Langevin, OFM Conv., developed a love for Catholic education very early in life, as well as a desire to enter the priesthood. It would take God’s own timing to bring those two vocations together, however. Now the pastor of Holy Family Parish and School in Peoria, Father Paul Joseph works hard to […]

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“We Believe!” — new video shares 15 core belief statements of Catholic schools

Students at St. Mark School in Peoria get excited as they proclaim “We believe!” at the end of the video from the Office of Catholic Schools. The new video will premiere just before Catholic Schools Week begins. (Photo courtesy of Daryl Wilson Photography)

Knowing how to do something is important. Knowing why you’re doing it is even better. That was the thought behind “We Believe,” a new video (below) from the Office of Catholic Schools that will be released as Catholic Schools Week begins this Sunday. Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of diocesan schools, said it has been “a […]

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Peoria Notre Dame teacher prepares for the gift of consecrated virginity

Christine Pinheiro teaches Latin and theology at Peoria Notre Dame High School and said some of her students may attend her consecration to the Order of Virgins on Feb. 5 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Christine Pinheiro smiles even before she answers a question about consecrated virginity. “I love my vocation and talking about my vocation,” she said. Pinheiro will be consecrated to the Order of Virgins during a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria next Saturday, Feb. 5. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. with Coadjutor Bishop […]

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Holy Family in Peoria hosts Friar Bede’s ordination as transitional deacon

Bishop William Patrick Callahan, OFM Conv., smiles as he lays his hands on the head of Father Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv., calling down the Holy Spirit as he ordains the friar to the transitional diaconate on Jan. 15 at Holy Family Church in Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Gratitude is the primary emotion Friar Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv., feels after being ordained a transitional deacon on Jan. 15 at Holy Family Church in Peoria. Well, that and “being thankful for the opportunity to serve people as a deacon and, God willing, some day as a priest,” he told The Catholic Post. The celebration […]

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Bishops offer gratitude as schools operate in ‘demanding circumstances’

Vanessa Fite calls the objects her kindergartners are looking for during a game of bingo at Visitation Catholic School in Kewanee. In a letter to principals, faculty and staff dated Jan. 10, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka appreciate everything they are doing “in very complicated and demanding circumstances” as COVID-19 continues to surge. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As principals, faculty and staff at Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria returned to the classroom after Christmas break, they received words of encouragement from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who said he and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka “deeply appreciate all that you are doing today in very complicated and demanding circumstances.” “We know […]

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Morton school adds tool to purify air, fight COVID, seasonal flu and colds

This is an inside look at how the ultraviolet lights are working on the gym ventilation system at Blessed Sacrament School in Morton. “Note the coil is clean, no build-up of biofilm,” said John Huser, buildings and maintenance supervisor. “The only build-up of biofilm is on the bottom and that is slowly being killed.” (Provided photo)

MORTON — Like every other Catholic school in the Diocese of Peoria, Blessed Sacrament School has made it a priority for its 217 students to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer often, and wear masks in order to keep COVID-19 at bay. Last November, they added one more safety measure that sets them apart, however. […]

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