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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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Sr. Kathleen Ann elected to second term as Heading Avenue Franciscan president

Elected to serve as the general council for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception in West Peoria on Oct. 9 were (from left) Sister Holly Marie Schulz, councilor; Sister Irene Marie Fritch, vice president; Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, president; and Sister Betty Jean Haverback, councilor. They will be installed Dec. 5. (Provided photo)

WEST PEORIA — Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF, has been elected to serve a second term as president of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception. She will be installed at a Mass on Dec. 5, with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka as the celebrant. Assisting Sister Kathleen Ann will be Sister Irene Marie […]

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“Welcome Back Weekend” at Mendota-area parishes includes ‘1,000 Acts of Kindness’

After processing out of Holy Cross Church in Mendota, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka poses for a photo with Father Peter Pilon (right), pastor, and Father Jeff Windy (left), parochial vicar, as well as the altar servers for the "Welcome Back" Mass. A social followed. (Provided photo/Suzie Fritz)

MENDOTA — As a way to invite people to return to church for Mass — and bring others with them — the Mendota Catholic Parishes hosted a Welcome Back Weekend at the end of September. Among those who received an invitation for the Mass and social that followed was Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka. He concelebrated […]

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