Sisters on staff are living reminders of new diocesan retreat center’s mission

The three Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary who will have supervisory as well as spiritual advisory roles on the staff of the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center are, from left, Sister Laura Garcia (dining services), Sister Ana Pia Cordua (operations), and Sister Catherine Grace (housekeeping). (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

MAGNOLIA — As impressive as the physical complex of the new Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center is, it would be a shell without its heart and soul. “Our mission is to provide a sacred and peaceful environment that will allow individuals the opportunity to have a personal encounter with the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” reads a framed […]

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Statue creation for retreat center became personal for Michigan artist

In her studio north of Detroit, artist Suzanne M. Young discusses her sculpture of the Holy Family before movers packed it for transport to the Sacre-Coeur Retreat Center in Magnolia on July 17. It is one of three commissioned works that Young created for the new facility. (Provided photo)

For Suzanne Young, creating statues of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and Jesus the Divine Mercy for the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Sacré-Coeur Retreat Center became very personal last Oct. 1. That was the day her mother, Evelyn Rose Young, 96, took her last breath while the artist held her hand and was praying […]

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The Family Resources Center’s mission continues, adapting to changing times

The Family Resources Center will continue at 415 N.E. Monroe St. in Peoria, where it has been based since 2013. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“The Family Resources Center is not closing.” Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka made that assurance in response to concerns recently raised regarding the future of the pro-life outreach, which since 2013 has been based at 415 N.E. Monroe St. in Peoria, across from the Spalding Pastoral Center. In an interview with The Catholic Post, Bishop Tylka […]

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Catholic Women’s League of Peoria elects officers, gives $15,500 to charities

Officers and directors serving the Catholic Women's League are (from left): Ann Gerardo, Vicki Rocke, Sandy Gasparovich, Sally Jacobsen, Patricia O'Connell, Beth Bussan, Joan Weber, and Melane Picl. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Crediting prayer and “God’s grace and guidance,” members of the Catholic Women’s League of Peoria, Illinois, celebrated July 20 as they gathered in person for the first time since COVID-19 shut everything down. The annual meeting, which included a boxed lunch, was held in the parish hall of St. Philomena Church in Peoria. “We tried […]

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Handwriting champion from LaSalle finds cursive ‘helps me think better’

Hanna Waszkowiak holds the journal and medal the Trinity Catholic Academy student received as a fifth grader for winning the state title in the 2021 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. (Provided photo)

LASALLE — Texting and email may rule the day in terms of communication for many people, but don’t count out handwriting just yet. Hanna Waszkowiak certainly hasn’t and it took the Trinity Catholic Academy student to a state title in the 2021 Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. She was named the top fifth-grader in Illinois for […]

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Sister Ann Regina Hughes, OSF, dies; longtime educator, community treasurer

Sr. Ann Regina Hughes, OSF

WEST PEORIA — Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial are planned for Thursday, July 29, at Immaculate Conception Convent here for Sister Ann Regina Hughes, OSF. Burial will take place on Friday, July 30, in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by the Mass at 7 p.m. Father Dagobert […]

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Fr. Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh, 92, dies; funeral is Thursday morning in Champaign

Father Joseph Mai-Chi-Thanh

CHAMPAIGN — A funeral Mass will be offered at St. Matthew Church here at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, for Father Joseph M. Mai-Chi-Thanh, pastor emeritus of St. Mary Parish in Pesotum. Father Mai-Chi-Thanh, a native of Vietnam who ministered to Vietnamese Catholics in the Champaign and Peoria regions, died on Sunday, July 25, […]

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Bishop Jenky asks parishes to take up second collection to assist Lebanon

Men and women wait for Pope Francis to lead a prayer on a day of reflection and prayer for Lebanon in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican July 1. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked parishes to take up a second collection before the end of July to assist Catholics in that troubled nation. (CNS/Guglielmo Mangiapane, pool via Reuters)

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has asked pastors throughout the Diocese of Peoria to take up a second collection before the end of July for Catholics living in the nation of Lebanon. “They are facing what has been called the worst economic crisis in modern history,” wrote Bishop Jenky in a letter to priests dated […]

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‘Life of No Regrets’ is theme of talks set Aug. 3-6 at Rapids City, East Moline parishes

Robert Rogers is a songwriter and author of five books.

“Know God and Live a Life of No Regrets” is the basis for a series of talks with original music that will be given by Robert Rogers at St. John the Baptist in Rapids City and St. Anne in East Moline from Aug. 3 to 6. Rogers will speak from personal experience — he lost […]

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Father Thomas Henseler, Cursillo and diaconate pioneer leader, dies at 85

Father J. Thomas Henseler

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria on Monday morning, July 19, for Father J. Thomas Henseler, a senior priest who was a pioneer leader in the Cursillo and permanent diaconate programs of the Diocese of Peoria. Father Henseler, who also served in the Diocese of Springfield as […]

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