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Retired? Sister ‘JT’ serves Quad Cities

MOLINE — For 43 years, Sister Judith Terese McNulty, BVM, has called the Quad Cities home and she said she knows so many people now that she can’t misbehave — not that she would have the time. She volunteers at the Illini Campus of Genesis Medical Center in Silvis three days a week, helping people […]

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St. Stephen’s School in Streator to come down

STREATOR — From her office in the former convent of St. Stephen’s Parish, Sister Alice Ann Harcharik, OSF, can see St. Stephen’s School. “My, if this building could speak,” said Sister Alice Ann of the three-story structure, whose halls she once walked as a student and principal. Starting tomorrow, it will be up to the […]

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School enrollment in diocese slips slightly to 12,756

Catholic school enrollment in the Diocese of Peoria is again slightly less than it was the year before, continuing a trend seen locally since 2003. “Enrollment across the nation is down,” said Brother William Dygert, CSC, diocesan superintendent of schools, placing the diocese’s numbers in a fuller context. “But our enrollment is not as down […]

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As governor arrested, CCI head cites need for focus on common good

In the wake of the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday, the executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois said that “most public servants in Illinois are good and decent people called to serve for the right reasons,” but that “temptations are out there.” “We have seen too many examples of people […]

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State Supreme Court to review Provena Covenant tax appeal

URBANA — The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a Fourth District Appellate Court ruling in August that canceled the property tax exemption of Provena Covenant Medical Center. Provena had filed a petition for “leave to appeal” that ruling in September, and the state’s high court granted that petition last Wednesday. “We are pleased […]

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Services in Danville for Fr. Gaughran, 88

DANVILLE — A funeral Mass was offered at Holy Family Church here on Nov. 14 for Father John B. Gaughran, 88, a native of Westville who served for 25 years as pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Rapids City, and its mission of St. Mary’s, Hampton. Father Gaughran, who served in the Marine Corps […]

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Excitement builds as Guadalupe feast nears

Excitement is building around the Diocese of Peoria as parishes prepare to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, Dec. 12. “We have had volunteers come in to ask if there was anything they could do. This is the first time,” said Maria Ramirez of Holy Family Parish in Danville. “The Holy […]

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Stewardship . . . not just a word at St. Malachy’s

GENESEO — “Stewardship” isn’t just a word on a spelling test or a vocabulary quiz for the students of St. Malachy’s School. During the past year it became a part of the curriculum when the students were asked to help a well-loved St. Malachy’s parishioner facing a terminal disease. In July last year, Mr. Brad […]

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Galesburg woman has 300 Nativity sets

GALESBURG — Mary Wright is the first to admit that if she walks into a store and there’s a Nativity set there somewhere, she’ll find it. “They just sort of call out to me,” she said with a smile. Those “calls” and the kindness of her many friends over the years have made her the […]

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Darin and Molly’s wedding day highlights

Final in a series GENESEO — United in faith and love, Darin Ries and Molly McKean are now united in marriage. They joined their lives on Nov. 8, during a Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Bradford. The daughter of Peter and Mary McKean, Molly was a lifelong member of the parish. One […]

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