Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center’s main Chapel of the Sacred Heart, altar are dedicated

"It is our absolute honor to present to you the keys to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart," said Leanne Skuse, president of River City Construction in East Peoria, builders of the Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, as she gave the keys to Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in a ritual "handing over of the building" prior to the procession into the chapel for the Mass of Dedication on Aug. 2. Among those looking on are Msgr. Stanley Deptula and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The cornerstone of the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center bears the names of both Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, so it was fitting they shared roles as its Chapel of the Sacred Heart was dedicated on Monday, Aug. 2. Bishop Tylka was principal celebrant and presided […]

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Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center declared ‘beautiful’ by hundreds at open house

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, and Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka cut a ceremonial ribbon officially opening the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center during Sunday's open house in Magnolia. Looking on at right is Deacon Terry Stalsberg, executive director of the retreat center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA – The reviews started coming in shortly after the doors opened on Aug. 1 at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center. And they are glowing. “I was just blown away,” said Chuck Loebach, a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Granville who attended Sunday’s open house with his wife, Nancy. “I figured […]

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Sisters on staff are living reminders of new diocesan retreat center’s mission

The three Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary who will have supervisory as well as spiritual advisory roles on the staff of the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center are, from left, Sister Laura Garcia (dining services), Sister Ana Pia Cordua (operations), and Sister Catherine Grace (housekeeping). (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA — As impressive as the physical complex of the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center is, it would be a shell without its heart and soul. “Our mission is to provide a sacred and peaceful environment that will allow individuals the opportunity to have a personal encounter with the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” reads a framed […]

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Statue creation for retreat center became personal for Michigan artist

In her studio north of Detroit, artist Suzanne M. Young discusses her sculpture of the Holy Family before movers packed it for transport to the Sacre-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia on July 17. It is one of three commissioned works that Young created for the new facility. (Provided photo)

For Suzanne Young, creating statues of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Jesus the Divine Mercy for the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center became very personal last Oct. 1. That was the day her mother, Evelyn Rose Young, 96, took her last breath while the artist held her hand and was praying […]

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Sacred images set tone for encounter at diocese’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center

Workers from Daprato Rigali Studios in Chicago place stained glass windows Sunday in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, the largest of two chapels at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia. The nine windows from Germany formerly adorned Sacred Heart Church in Rutland, which was closed in 2013. Final preparations were being made this week for an open house at the retreat center scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Stained glass windows. Statues. Sculptures. Scripture verses on guest room walls.  Icons. Crucifixes. Inside. Outside. Almost anywhere one goes in the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, there is sacred art. “It’s an amazing facility,” said Msgr. Stanley Deptula of the new three-building complex. “But it is the sacred images that make it go from being a […]

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Visit, celebrate our new retreat center

We hope you can make it to Sunday afternoon’s open house at the Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, featured in a special section within this issue of The Catholic Post. But if you can’t, not to worry. This jewel of renewal, built on the site of the former retreat center originally known as […]

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Public invited to tour Diocese of Peoria’s new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center Aug. 1

The new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia remained a construction zone this week as final preparations were made for an open house on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 1, and the welcoming of the first groups to utilize the new complex. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA — Catholics making summer travel plans would do well to pencil in Sunday, Aug. 1, for a road trip to see a diocesan dream realized. The new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center, whose construction has been hidden from public view by the wooded Illinois River bluff on which it was built, will host an open house […]

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Pro-life health center in Peoria will address women’s physical, spiritual needs

The new Destiny for Women Health Center (later renamed Gianna Women's Clinic) in Peoria, set to open in late August, will be located at 2805 N. Knoxville Ave. Seen here in the foreground, the pro-life Christian outreach is right next door to Planned Parenthood. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was updated to reflect a change in name in the spring of 2022. In a building next to Planned Parenthood in Peoria, work is underway to offer women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy or have other female health-related concerns a better destiny. The Destiny for Women Health Center […]

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Blessing of OSF Saint Clare Medical Center a ‘momentous’ day in Princeton

Following blessing and dedication ceremonies July 1 at OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center in Princeton, workers install new signage at the facility formerly known as Perry Memorial Hospital. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PRINCETON — With gratitude for a century of service to the region and confidence as a new era begins, the former Perry Memorial Hospital here was blessed and dedicated as OSF HealthCare Saint Clare Medical Center on July 1. The ceremonies culminated almost three years of discussions and planning as OSF Saint Clare became the […]

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Consider the iceberg

It’s the Fourth of July and summer has come in hot. So let’s think about ice for a minute. Specifically, imagine an iceberg floating in an ocean. What is seen above the surface, we’re told, is only about 10 percent of an iceberg’s actual size. Ninety percent is unseen below. It’s good to think of […]

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