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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Update: Baby Fulton Joseph Hood has died in the womb; parents thank supporters

This ultrasound of Fulton Joseph Hood was published at, a site that kept prayer supporters informed of his development.

Fulton Joseph Hood has gone home to God. At a meeting with their obstetrician on March 31, Fulton’s due date, Royce and Elise Hood were told that no heartbeat could be detected for their unborn son. An ultrasound on April 1 confirmed that his heart had stopped beating. Labor was induced and Fulton was delivered […]

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Pray with Bishop Tylka: Here is his parish, religious community prayer list for April

St. Patrick Church in Colona is pictured. Bishop Tylka will pray for the Colona faith community on Tuesday, April 20.

Since the beginning of the year, Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for the parishes of the Diocese of Peoria by name with the help of a prayer calendar. It was developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). In addition […]

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Trinity Catholic Academy student-made masks, lanyards are acts of kindness

Alyssa Savitch (left) and Gabby Bulak, seventh-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle, put sewing skills learned from their mothers to good use when the COVID-19 pandemic made masks necessary last yuear. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LASALLE — Wearing masks is no fun, especially if they’re uncomfortable or get lost when you remove them for lunch. Enter Gabby Bulak and Alyssa Savitch, seventh-graders at Trinity Catholic Academy. Both learned to sew from their mothers, aunts and grandparents and they decided to put those skills to good use when the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Mendota fourth-grader’s Lenten almsgiving project helps area’s homeless

Mendota fourth-grader Cal Doyle poses with just some of the supplies he was able to buy with money donated by a local car dealership as part of the Lenten almsgiving challenge to help the homeless he proposed at Holy Cross School. (Provided photo)

MENDOTA — Cal Doyle had already said his prayers and gone to bed when he felt compelled to get up and find his mother, Laura. He was concerned about the homeless and wanted to do something. “I honestly almost broke down in tears. It melted my heart,” said Laura Doyle, a fifth grade teacher at […]

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Face shield project shows Monmouth eighth-grader is ‘the future of good’

David Simmons of Immaculate Conception School in Monmouth has designed and printed 150 3D face shields for use by doctors and dentists, health departments and hospitals, as well as schools.

MONMOUTH — As cases of COVID-19 spiked last year, so did the need for personal protective equipment, especially among medical professionals. When supply couldn’t keep up with demand, David Simmons decided to do something about it. “My community has given so much to me — I really wanted to help my community,” said Simmons, an […]

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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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