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School named for Sheen and supported by Rock Island parish brings hope in Ghana

The Archbishop Fulton Sheen Catholic Academy in Ghana is in need of a roof to cover second story classrooms. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — On a roadside near a remote village in the western African country of Ghana there is a Catholic school that is changing lives thanks in part to a spiritual bridge linking it to St. Pius X Parish here and a name that ties it to the Diocese of Peoria. It would be […]

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Artist, 15, imagines Mary Magdalene’s shock, hope at discovering empty tomb

Katy Olsen, 15, of Epiphany Parish in Normal and a freshman at Chesterton Academy of the Sacred Heart in Peoria, holds her drawing of Mary Magdalene's reaction at discovering Jesus' empty tomb. (Provided photo)

NORMAL — While artists throughout the centuries have depicted Jesus’ empty tomb, 15-year-old Katy Olsen flipped the perspective. The result is a captivating study of the face of Mary Magdalene — the first on the scene the morning of the resurrection — at the moment of discovery. “The emotion I hoped to show most was […]

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Deacon Terry Stalsberg a perfect fit for Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center director

Deacon Terry Stalsberg is pictured with Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, in a guest room hallway at the Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center construction site near Magnolia in Putnam County. Deacon Stalsberg, who lives in Metamora and serves parishes in Roanoke and Eureka, is the new executive director of the diocesan retreat center and Sister Ana Pia will be one of three Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary on staff. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

METAMORA — Use any modern or traditional job search method and try to come up with a better candidate to serve as executive director of the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center than was found using none of the above. “Sometimes God provides,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka with a knowing smile in describing […]

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New diocesan retreat center taking shape; will be named Sacré-Coeur

Deacon Terry Stalsberg, newly hired executive director, is pictured March 11 at the construction site of the Diocese of Peoria’s Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center. Built on the site of the former Nazareth House near Magnolia in Putnam County, the new retreat center will feature 70 guest rooms in the four-story structure at left, a conference center and dining hall seen behind Deacon Stalsberg in the center, and the main chapel at right. It is scheduled to open in August. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The sounds of hammers and circular saws break the natural quiet of the wooded bluff above the Illinois River in rural Putnam County where for five decades thousands have sought peace and an encounter with God. When the seekers return in August, they will again find the reflective space long provided by King’s […]

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Diocesan seminarian is chaplain of NCAA basketball tournament’s Mount St. Mary’s

Deacon Austin Bosse, a seminarian from the Diocese of Peoria and chaplain of the Mount St. Mary's basketball team, is pictured March 16 with team members, coaches, and support staff at the site of the Mountaineers "First Four" NCAA basketball tournament game against Texas Southern. Deacon Bosse is third from left in the front row. (Provided photo/Liz Moir, Mount St. Mary's Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS — When the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament begins late Thursday afternoon, the very first game will feature a seminarian who is just two months away from being ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Peoria. No, Deacon Austin Bosse won’t be shooting 3-point shots or making soaring dunks. But he […]

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St. Joseph’s Day will be a meaty one with many reasons to celebrate on March 19

The March 19 Solemnity of St. Joseph is a highlight of the "Year of St. Joseph" declared by Pope Francis and is also the beginning of a special year in the church dedicated to love expressed within the family. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Catholic News Service and Catholic Post staff WASHINGTON (CNS) — St. Patrick’s Day has its corned beef and cabbage and St. Joseph’s Day has zeppoles, Italian cream-filled doughnuts. The two feasts days, just two days apart, fall in the middle of Lent this year. St. Joseph’s Day, on March 19, is on a Friday […]

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A year ago, we had no idea

One year ago, in our edition dated March 15, 2020, the headline for this space was “The Coronavirus Post?” We noted how many stories in that issue were devoted to this emerging global health crisis, and said we might have to do so again in the future “should the spread have a greater impact on […]

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Site for OSF Cancer Center technology addition is blessed in Bloomington

Father Rogers Byambaasa, AJ, chaplain at OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, blesses the building site for the new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator at the OSF Cancer Center during groundbreaking ceremonies March 4. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

BLOOMINGTON — Cancer treatment options continue to expand on the campus of OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center here. On March 4, OSF HealthCare leaders blessed and broke ground for a major technology addition to the evolving OSF Cancer Center, located on the first floor of the OSF Center for Health at 210 St. Joseph […]

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