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Creative models to support, deliver Catholic education are being sought

Students from Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington walk hand-in-hand in this file photo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic schools across the Diocese of Peoria have strong support from their pastors, who see them as a mission of the parish. At the same time, the priests have expressed a desire for the Office of Catholic Schools to be “creative” in planning for the future, according to Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent. “They all believe […]

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Newly ordained Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, grateful for example of Galesburg priests

Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, celebrates his first Mass at St. John Baptist de la Salle Church in Chillum, Maryland, on Dec. 13. (Provided photo)

GALESBURG — It wasn’t in big ways that Father Kevin Stolt, IVE, realized God was calling him to priestly ministry. Rather, it was by staying focused on God’s will in the little things of everyday life, and he couldn’t happier. “I feel a great joy and a peace in my heart, to share in the […]

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Catholic schools prepare for Christmas: prayer, service projects, plays, concerts

Surrounded by the Whos, Grinch Isaac Kidder prepares to carve the roast beast in a production of "How the Grinch Found Christ in Christmas" presented by St. Mary School in Metamora. It was one of many plays and concerts offered by Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria this year. (Provided photo)

As it turns out, the Grinch didn’t dislike Christmas at all, but was upset about how hypocritical people were about it. At least that’s the approach the students at St. Mary School in Metamora took when they presented “How the Grinch Found Christ in Christmas” on Dec. 16. The Metamora school was one of many […]

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It’s the season of giving (back) for these women in Grand Ridge and East Moline

Nympha White of Grand Ridge has worked on Cross Catholic Outreach's Box of Joy project for two years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

FROM ‘BOX OF JOY’ TO ‘SIMBANG GABI’ GRAND RIDGE — Giving thanks to God is all part of giving back for Nympha White, a member of St. Columba Church in Ottawa who also serves on the board of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. As the PDCCW’s chair of international concerns, she has worked […]

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10,208 students are enrolled this year at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria

Anna Sheley, Kinzley Bolen, Zoey Steinberg and Jase Bone, kindergartners at Carroll Catholic School in Lincoln, hold a sign welcoming the Priests Pedaling for Prayers in October. Meanwhile, the welcome mat that has been out for prospective students at the school has made this Carroll Catholic's largest kindergarten class since 2000. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Mirroring the national trend in Catholic school enrollment, the number of students in the 43 elementary and secondary Catholic schools and academies located in the Diocese of Peoria has declined from 10,488 in 2018-2019 to 10,208 this year. The loss of 280 students represents a decline of 2.7 percent, according to Jerry Sanderson, associate superintendent […]

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Taryn Watkins is consecrated to Christ in the Order of Virgins at cathedral rite

Kneeling before Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Taryn Watkins states her intention to follow Christ "in a life of perfect chastity." With them are priests who played a role in her discernment and formation as a consecrated virgin. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Declaring her resolve “to follow Christ in a life of perfect chastity,” Taryn Watkins was consecrated to the Order of Virgins by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, on Dec. 8. The ritual took place during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. The bishop said that with her consecration, Watkins would be […]

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Founding community happy traditions part of OSF Center for Health – Streator

Cutting the ribbon for the new OSF Center for Health – Streator are (from left) Sister Jomary Trstensky, Sister Christia Ann Struewing, and Sister Maureen O'Connor of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and Sister Agnes Joseph Williams, Sister Diane Marie McGrew, and Sister M. Mikela Meidl of OSF HealthCare. The building formerly served as St. Mary's Hospital, part of Hospital Sisters Health System. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

STREATOR — When there was a need for health care in Streator, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis responded to the call. Arriving in 1887, they started St. Mary’s Hospital a year later. The hospital closed in 2016 and has found new life as the OSF Center for Health – Streator, something that makes the […]

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OSF Center for Health – Streator blessed; seen as new model of rural health care

Designed as a "health care village," the new OSF Center for Health – Streator will make a variety of community resources available to people, as well as provide access to medical care in an effort to given patients better control over their health care, according to officials. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

STREATOR — With prayer, holy water and applause, the OSF Center for Health – Streator became the “epicenter” for a new model of rural health care on Dec. 5. “There are a lot of eyes on us across the state and across the nation to see how we here in Streator navigate this change and […]

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