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Sister Lea’s love for, knowledge of Sheen leads to appointment as vice postulator

Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, is pictured with an image of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at the Diocese of Peoria's Sheen Museum. Sister Lea has been named vice postulator of the beatification and canonization cause of the radio and television evangelist and author. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

“Humbling” is the word Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, uses to describe her appointment as the vice postulator of the cause for the beatification of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. That she was able to come up with that word is remarkable since she admits to being “totally speechless” when she received the news. “It’s a […]

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Texas’ 6-week abortion ban is law after Supreme Court fails to block it

A pro-life sign is displayed during the 2019 annual March for Life rally in Washington. A new law in Texas that became effective Sept. 1 is one of the strictest abortion measures in the country, banning abortions in the state after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

(This story was updated on Friday, Sept. 3.) By Carol Zimmermann, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a late-night decision Sept. 1, the Supreme Court ruled against blocking a Texas law banning abortions at six weeks of pregnancy. The 5-4 vote, issued with a one-paragraph unsigned opinion, said the challengers to the Texas law […]

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‘Expectations exceeded’ at school in Uganda being built with local gifts

In just three and a half years, the campus of St. Patrick Nursery and Primary Day and Boarding School in Uganda has grown to include dormitories for boys and girls, a large classroom block named for St. Monica Parish in East Peoria, housing for teachers and an administration building, among other facilities and construction continues. Father Julius Turyatoranwa credits the generosity of people in central Illinois for the school’s success. (Provided photo)

WASHINGTON — Like everywhere else, COVID-19 has affected the people of Uganda, making it difficult to travel and hold school. Father Julius Turyatoranwa didn’t let it stop him from making his way back to central Illinois, however, and bringing good news about St. Patrick Nursery and Primary Day and Boarding School. He arrived on Aug. […]

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Diocese’s first married principals guiding Galesburg, Monmouth Catholic schools

She may be a Costa Catholic Academy Friar now and he may be a Immaculate Conception School Trojan, but Katie and Randy Frakes see eye-to-eye when it comes to teaching and witnessing to the faith, providing a good academic program, and supporting one another through all the challenges that come with being the Diocese of Peoria's first married principals. She is starting her first year at Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg and he is just down the road at Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Randy and Kathryn Frakes weren’t afraid of letting a little school pride show on a recent August morning. The principal of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth, he wore an ICS blue shirt bearing the team mascot, a Trojan. As the new principal of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg, she was dressed appropriately enough in Costa […]

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Mary garden at St. Mary, Bloomington, is among winners of national contest

This Mary garden at St. Mary Church in Bloomington has been named the third-place winner in the community garden category of the 2021 Mary Garden Contest sponsored by the Museum of Family Prayer.

BLOOMINGTON — A little more than two years ago, a statue of Mary in need of cleaning was surrounded by overgrown evergreens in an alcove between St. Mary Church here and the parish rectory. On Aug. 18, a beautiful Mary garden created in that same spot received national recognition. The garden at St. Mary Church, […]

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New school year brings excitement to Peru Catholic, brief delay in Quad Cities

Welcoming students back to Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17 is principal Julie Schmitt, who holds the door for Ainsley and Brynn Grilc. Enrollment remains steady at 166 students this year, she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Some tears were shed as 3- and 4-year-old preschool pupils said goodbye to their parents and faced their first day at Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17, but it wasn’t long before backpacks were unpacked and everyone was celebrating being with friends old and new. The scene is being repeated at the 42 […]

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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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Mask mandate compliance brings mixed emotions as school prepare to reopen

The 42 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria will follow Gov. JB Pritzker's mandate for universal masking in all schools in Illinois, from pre-kindergarten through high school, according to a statement released Aug. 4 by Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent. (Catholic Post file photo/Jennifer Willems)

With Gov. JB Pritzker’s Aug. 4 announcement that students, teachers and visitors in all schools and day cares in Illinois would be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, has come mixed emotions for parents enrolling their children in the 42 Catholic elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Peoria. That includes disappointment […]

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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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Students, staff, families draw new administrators to diocesan schools

New administrators who will be greeting students as they return to class in the days to come around the diocese include: (from left) Michael Struna, Sandy Davis, Lauren Booth, Kathryn Frakes, Kelly McLaughlin, Jennifer Kamradt, Katie Coulter, Barbara Rew, and Anthony Corapi. Brief profiles can be found on this page and in the next issue of The Catholic Post. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Students in seven Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria will find new faces in the principal’s office when they return to class this week. Assistant principals have been welcomed at two schools and a new model of collaborative leadership is bringing a chief operating officer to one diocesan high school. The new principals are […]

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