Sr. Maxine, OSF, dies at 96; served in Streator

SPRINGFIELD — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Sister M. Maxine Frichtl, OSF, a former nurse-anesthetist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator, on Aug. 13 at St. Clare of Assisi Chapel at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. Burial followed in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. Sister Maxine died on Aug. 10, 2008, at St. Francis […]

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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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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 It will be […]

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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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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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POST POLL: What has the Rosary meant to you or your family?

Welcome to the “Post Poll,” an interactive feature of the new Web site of The Catholic Post. Every two weeks we will pose a new question for readers of both our online and print editions to consider. This week’s question follows-up on the announcement by Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, that the Diocese of Peoria […]

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Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Rating: L (PG-13) NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Best friends vacationing in Spain — one nonchalantly uninhibited (Scarlett Johansson), the other respectably pragmatic (Rebecca Hall) — accept a charming artist’s (Javier […]

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Back to college with FOCUS

While Catholic students at colleges around the country prepare for the start of classes, seven college graduates and students from the Diocese of Peoria are preparing to help them grow stronger in their faith. Six young adults — RyAnne Folck, Alex Kale, Matt Faley, Tom Bruner, Mark Joseph and Jenny Witt, all of whom hail […]

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Lesson in generosity: project fills backpacks

MOLINE — Children may not be able to discuss the fine points of what constitutes a recession, but they know when economic times are tough. Many will feel it in the days ahead when they go back to school with backpacks that could use a few more supplies. That’s not the case at Seton Catholic […]

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