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“A place of hope” — Construction site for OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute blessed

Members of The Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis -- as well as Sister M. Mikela Meidl, FSGM, second from right, executive vice president of OSF HealthCare -- take a turn at ceremonial shoveling during groundbreaking activities Aug. 17 at the Peoria construction site of the new OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

The groundbreaking for the OSF HealthCare Cancer Institute in Peoria was called “a milestone day” and “the beginning of a new era” in the treatment of the disease in central Illinois, but one speaker during ceremonies Aug. 17 began by sharing a “little secret” about the $237 million project. “I think they’ve already started to […]

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Bishop Tylka fields a wide range of questions from Emmaus Days participants

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka fields questions from Emmaus Days Session IV participants at Peoria Notre Dame High School. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

God-willing, there were future priests in Sessions III and IV of Emmaus Days in July. But during their respective question-and-answer sessions with Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka in Peoria Notre Dame’s Livingston Auditorium, they sure sounded like future journalists. Participants peppered Bishop Tylka with about 25 questions in each 40-minute session. They ranged from the basic […]

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Emmaus Days watered the vocation seeds within 106 participants this summer

A water bottle bearing the Emmaus Days prayer is in the foreground during an outdoor discussion at one of two sessions earlier this summer at St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Two other sessions were held in July at Peoria Notre Dame High School. (Provided photo)

“Everyone is given a seed of a vocation in their life by God,” said Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka, and during four Emmaus Days retreats this summer more than 100 boys and young men took time away to consider what might be planted in their own hearts. “That vocation may be to the priesthood for some […]

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With unsettling focus on mask division, let’s unite in back-to-school prayer

One year ago, Levi Bounds and his classmates in Natalie Perry's third grade at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington began the school year as they do every day, with prayer. (The Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

No student wants to repeat a grade in school. And no student, parent, teacher, or principal wants a third school year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet here we are, as another wave grows — fueled by the Delta variant and with no vaccine available for children 12 and under. Though the virus is the […]

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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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