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Presentation Sisters create ‘new path’ in Princeton

PRINCETON — Sister Anne Germaine Picard, SMP, was about 13 when she read about St. Joan of Arc and the story of the young “maid of Orleans” had a profound impact on her life. “I had in my heart a desire to be a soldier for Christ and to fight for the faith,” she recalled. […]

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Annawan parish invites others to show kindness for Katelyn

ANNAWAN — Cradled in the love and prayers of her family and her parish since before she was born, 10-month-old Katelyn Hope DeRycke will once again receive the support of her parish next weekend when a benefit raises money to help pay her rising medical expenses. Katelyn, daughter of Adam and Hope DeRycke, members of […]

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Philo school restructuring next year to meet challenges

PHILO — Though summer break is still three months away, the community of St. Thomas School is looking ahead to important changes next fall that will address the challenges of rising costs and declining student enrollment. The changes are part of a new strategic plan that includes a restructuring of classrooms, reducing the number of […]

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Priest says rosary saved his family, inspired vocation

One of the greatest sources of power that Father Patrick DeMeulemeester has encountered in his life has nothing to do with nuclear weapons systems or high political office. It is the rosary and he credits the devotion not only for his vocation but for the very survival of his family in Belgium during World War […]

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900 students from diocese in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — They weren’t in school, but Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told the 3,500 students from 180 Catholic schools around the state that their presence in the Capitol rotunda made it a school day. Included in that number were 900 students from 39 of the 48 schools across the Diocese of Peoria. The rally […]

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Rite of Election fills cathedral with joy twice

In ceremonies that twice filled St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Sunday, about 375 men, women and children from across the diocese began the final phase of their preparation for the Easter sacraments. “We are blessed and proud to walk with you,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, to the candidates and catechumens as well […]

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Holy Trinity wins state

MONTICELLO — In terms of talent and scoring points, the two teams in last Thursday’s Illinois Elementary School Association Class 2A eighth-grade boys’ basketball state championship were about evenly matched. The game at Monticello Middle School was a nail-biter for fans, with the Bloomington Holy Trinity Saints winning in overtime, defeating the Champaign St. Matthew […]

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U of I students plan to ‘bicycle for babies’ throughout state

CHAMPAIGN — It’s not the usual Lenten sacrifice. This Lent, Jimmy Becker and Mike Schafer, two students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have decided to give up their spring break. While other college students are enjoying themselves at the beach or visiting their families back home, Becker and Schafer, both avid bicyclists, will […]

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K. of C. hosting major bowling event in Peoria

Nearly 1,000 bowlers from throughout the United States and Canada will make their way to Peoria March 28 through April 26 to take part in a Knights of Columbus International Bowling Association tournament. Spalding Council 427 of Peoria is gearing up to host the major event, led by tournament chairman John W. Kunkle, who knows […]

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