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Sister Charlotte Sonneville, OSB, dies; funeral Mass is Tuesday in Rock Island

Sister Charlotte Sonneville, OSB

ROCK ISLAND – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the chapel of St. Monastery here for Sister Charlotte (Angela) Sonneville, OSB. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. Visitation is planned for Monday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the monastery, 2200 88th […]

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Broadway star to headline alumni talent show at Peoria Notre Dame H.S. Sept. 3

Bart Shatto, a 1983 graduate of Bergan High School in Peoria, played the lead role of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" on Broadway for more than a year.

If you didn’t get to see “Les Miserables” on Broadway, don’t worry. Bart Shatto, who played the lead role of Jean Valjean in New York for more than a year, is bringing his talent to the Livingston Auditorium stage at Peoria Notre Dame High School, for “PND Alums Have Talent” on Saturday, Sept. 3. The […]

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‘In the Scone Zone’ — Fr. Dominic to share recipes from newest cookbook Sept. 17

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey will bring recipes from his new book to “In the Scone Zone,” a presentation set for Saturday, Sept. 17, at the East Bluff Community Center, 512 E. Kansas St., in Peoria. It will begin at 2 p.m. He will review the history of scones from medieval times […]

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Before classes begin, teachers focus on their relationship with Jesus at retreats

Father Patrick Henehan, pastor of St. Jude Parish and School in Peoria, and Father Daniel McShane, parochial vicar lead Benediction after a Holy Hour at the teachers retreat for schools in Peoria and surrounding communities at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia Aug. 12. (Provided photo)

Teachers aren’t just teachers anymore. They’re often asked to serve as social workers, law enforcement and parents, too, according to Mary Cushing of St. Thomas the Apostle School in Peoria Heights. “They’re basically being asked to do the impossible through the circumstances of our world right now,” she said, quoting Dr. Ray Guarendi, a Catholic […]

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Retired architect Jim Matarelli using his art to expand pro-life conversation

Jim Matarelli of Peoria holds his first painting, which expands the discussion about what might be considered pro-life issues. He has also addressed prison reform, the Eucharist, and Jesus' exhortation to "Be Not Afraid." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

While he could draw a little, retired architect Jim Matarelli of Peoria didn’t pick up a paint brush until two years ago. What has poured out of his heart and onto canvas is a lifetime of experience applied to Catholic social teaching and a desire to expand the conversation about a variety of issues. Among […]

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Several theaters to show film based on true story of adoption Sept. 9-16

Rebecca Rogers Nelson and Kirk Cameron star in a scene from the movie "Lifemark." (CNS photo/lifemarkmovie.com, via The Criterion)

“Lifemark,” a new movie based on a true story of adoption, will be shown in theaters throughout the country Sept. 9-16, including at least eight sites in the Diocese of Peoria. Those who heard Melissa Coles speak at the 2019 Sanctity of Human Life Rally in Peoria will be familiar with the topic. The new […]

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OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital adds acute rehabilitation unit

Representatives of OSF HealthCare and Kindred Hospitals take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 18 marking the completion of a new acute rehablitation unit at OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital just south of downtown Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

With prayers of blessing for those who will serve and be served in the facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Aug. 18 to mark the completion of a 29-bed acute rehabilitation unit at OSF HealthCare Transitional Care Hospital in Peoria. Located at 500 W. Romeo B Garrett Ave. just south of downtown Peoria, the hospital […]

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Joan Sheen Cunningham dies; key figure in Archbishop Sheen’s life, sainthood cause

Joan Sheen Cunningham, niece of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, poses next to a portrait of her uncle in this 2004 file photo. Mrs. Cunningham died in Peoria on Aug. 12, 2022, at the age of 95. (CNS/Chris Sheridan)

BARTONVILLE — Joan Sheen Cunningham, a niece of the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and a key figure in his life and sainthood cause, was remembered at her funeral Mass on Aug. 16 as “a determined and very strong woman of faith.” “Joan was a witness, a disciple, a teacher, a strong and good lady,” […]

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Peoria Cursillo-TEC center blessed and opened at Holy Family Convent site

In the palanca chapel of the new Peoria Cursillo-TEC Center during an open house on Aug. 8, Sister Subha Clare Ramesh, OSF, assistant spiritual director of Peoria Cursillo, leads applause for Tim Petz, who coordinated a volunteer effort to prepare the former Holy Family Convent in Peoria for its new use. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“This is our new home.” With those words, a few prayers, and generous sprinkles of holy water, Msgr. Gerald Ward blessed the new location for Peoria Cursillo and Teens Encounter Christ offices, palanca/wheat chapel, and team formation rooms. “This is a place where we will proclaim the Kingdom of God in many ways in our […]

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Sr. Maggie Buergler, OSB, dies; funeral is Aug. 11 at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island

Sr. Mary Magdalene “Maggie” Buergler, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery here for Sister Mary Magdalene “Maggie” Buergler, OSB. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery, also in Rock Island. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the […]

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