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New school year brings excitement to Peru Catholic, brief delay in Quad Cities

Welcoming students back to Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17 is principal Julie Schmitt, who holds the door for Ainsley and Brynn Grilc. Enrollment remains steady at 166 students this year, she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Some tears were shed as 3- and 4-year-old preschool pupils said goodbye to their parents and faced their first day at Peru Catholic School on Aug. 17, but it wasn’t long before backpacks were unpacked and everyone was celebrating being with friends old and new. The scene is being repeated at the 42 […]

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Five-year strategic planning process aims to strengthen diocesan high schools

Dr. Bob Tift of Partners in Mission talks with Brooke Rick, principal of Marquette Academy in Ottawa, and her team during the "soft launch" of a new strategic planning process for Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria on June 10. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria have begun a strategic planning process with the goal of not only growing stronger in terms of Catholic identity and living their mission, but also supporting their mission in new and creative ways over the next five years. A “soft launch” of the collaboration between Partners in […]

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Teens walk with Jesus at Diocese of Peoria’s Abide in Me retreat in Bloomington

Father Eric Bolek carried Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to each participant in the Abide in Me diocese-wide youth retreat for a moment of personal encounter and adoration. The 40-hour retreat for high school students took place Nov. 2-4 at Corpus Christi School in Bloomington. Father Bolek is chaplain of The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign and parochial vicar of St. Matthew in Champaign and St. Boniface, Seymour. (Provided photo/Daryl Wilson)

BLOOMINGTON — Nearly 100 high school students from across the Diocese of Peoria accepted an invitation to be in Jesus’ eucharistic Presence throughout a weekend retreat called Abide in Me hosted Nov. 2-4 at Corpus Christi School here. “The whole mission of the retreat is to really give each of the youth a profound and […]

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March for Life Chicago draws 5,000; inspires Diocese of Peoria participants

The group that traveled to Chicago on the bus sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria marches north on Dearborn Street as March for Life Chicago gets under way. At right is Shirley Plaag, coordinator of the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation, who organized the pilgrimage. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — Despite the seriousness of the issue of abortion, it was the determination to celebrate life that drew 5,000 people to Federal Plaza here Jan. 15 for March for Life Chicago. Their cheers were met by words of gratitude from the speakers — including Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, and […]

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With help of Rock Island parish, Alleman students, peace finds the Kabunze Family

The Kabunze Family gathers in front of the fireplace of their Rock Island rental home, where stockings for each of them hang on the mantle. They are (from left), Enock, Annuarite, Maombi (mother), Solange, Filipo, Kasaika (father), Sarah, Grace, Riziki and Alfa. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — It isn’t uncommon to pray for peace on earth during the Christmas Season, but few people appreciate that gift in the way Kasaika and Maombi Kabunze do. The couple, who escaped from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2005 with two small children, have spent the last 11 years in a […]

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