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Newman Center move-in complete; dedication next

CHAMPAIGN — Called one of the most ambitious building projects in the history of the Diocese of Peoria when it was announced in November 2006, the $26 million residence hall expansion and renovations at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois are nearing completion and will be dedicated in a series of […]

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New safe environment effort

BLOOMINGTON — The implementation of the Diocese of Peoria’s new “safe environment” training program got under way this month with two “training of trainers” sessions in Bloomington and Galesburg. The workshops, presented by Jerry Sanderson, assistant diocesan superintendent of schools, were designed to introduce the new training format to Catholic school principals, parish and school […]

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Campaign opens to renovate St. Augustine Manor facility

St. Augustine Manor in Peoria has launched its first-ever capital campaign to finance several renovations and maintenance of the Catholic retirement community’s 103-year-old building. “St. Augustine’s feast day (Aug. 28) is in the month of August, so what better time for us to announce our capital campaign?” said Peoria attorney Jim Rochford, who has served […]

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Principals look to St. Paul as schools reopen

KICKAPOO — With the start of a new academic year in the Diocese of Peoria, Catholic school principals have been asked to look to St. Paul for inspiration. “In the spirit of this great apostle, the men and women who serve as principals in our Catholic schools spread the Good News by their faith and […]

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2 longtime educators recognized

There are few days when Barbara Shrode isn’t happy, but she was especially looking forward to last Wednesday. That’s the day the students walked through the doors of St. Paul’s School in Macomb to begin a new academic year. “I always think in terms of ‘I can’t wait to get everyone back in and see […]

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Share their pain, seek hope

METAMORA — “Very helpful.” “I think it’s fantastic.” “It’s about time we had something like this.” “Very happy to be here.” In comments shared after the Diocese of Peoria’s first Widowed and Divorced Day of Recollection, which was held last Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Lourdes, participants told of the benefits of coming together […]

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Historian collects stories of life in immediate aftermath of Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — So what really happened in New Orleans in the twilight-zone days immediately following Hurricane Katrina? That’s one of the questions to which Mark Cave, an oral historian with the Historic New Orleans Collection, has been seeking answers in his personal interviews over the last three years with 500 police officers, firefighters, […]

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Cleveland nun to close one night of Democratic convention with prayer

WASHINGTON (CNS) — St. Joseph Sister Catherine Pinkerton of Cleveland is not usually one to seek the spotlight, but she will take center stage at the Democratic National Convention Aug. 27 when she gives the benediction to close the party’s third day of business. Sister Catherine, 86, a lobbyist for Network, a national Catholic social […]

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Catholics encouraged to pray novena in weeks leading up to election

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to pray a novena for life, justice and peace before the November election. An Aug. 19 news release said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made available for download from the Internet a podcast of a “Novena for Faithful Citizenship” at www.faithfulcitizenship.org/resources/podcasts. It will be […]

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Memorial Mass Saturday for Sr. Patricia Cramer, CSJ

KICKAPOO — A Memorial Mass for Sister Patricia A. Cramer, CSJ, will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 9910 W. Knox St., Kickapoo. The family will receive friends one hour before the Mass. Sister Patricia, 68, died on Aug. 10, 2008, at Nazareth Living Center, St. Louis. She […]

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