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Jeannie Gaffigan’s powerful tale of faith and healing told with humility, humor

This is the cover of "When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith and Funny People," by Jeannie Gaffigan. (CNS photo/courtesy Jeannie Gaffigan) See stories marked GAFFIGAN- Nov. 19, 2019.

Reviewed by Bonnie Engstrom Jeannie Gaffigan’s entire identity was wrapped up in being a Super Mom, Super Wife, and Super Producer. It took a life threatening brain tumor to make her relinquish her need to control and excel. Her memoir, “When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People” recounts […]

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Bonnie Engstrom to speak at weDignify’s “Celebrate Life!” evening on Nov. 14

People are invited to join weDignify to “Celebrate Life!” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 N.E. Madison Ave., in Peoria. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and feature Bonnie Engstrom. Writer, blogger, speaker and author of “61 Minutes to a Miracle: Fulton Sheen and a True Story […]

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Educators learn more about heavenly ‘friend’ at Catechetical Institute

Msgr. Stanley Deptula smiles as Bonnie Engstrom shares a favorite story about Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen during the keynote at the Diocesan Catechetical Institute on Aug. 13. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen made more than 800 new friends as Catholic school teachers, religious educators and interested parishioners came together for the annual Diocesan Catechetical Institute on Aug. 13. The back-to-school gathering was hosted by St. Vincent de Paul Church and School in Peoria. As he did during his long priesthood, the El […]

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Mother pens book about her son’s healing by God using Archbishop Fulton Sheen

"61 Minutes to a Mriacle: The True Story of a Family's Devotion" by Bonnie Engstrom (pictured) will be published by Our Sunday Visitor in September to mark the 100th anniversary of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's ordination at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria.

WASHINGTON — Somewhere amid the orange peels and Oreos, hot dogs and runny noses of everyday existence, Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has made himself at home with Bonnie and Travis Engstrom and their children, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, they credit Archbishop Sheen with interceding before God on behalf […]

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‘Alleged miracle’ story a highlight of PDCCW convention Oct. 27

Bonnie Engstrom stands in front of a photo of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen as she concludes her presentation on the alleged miraculous healing of her son, James Fulton Engstrom, that is attributed to Sheen's intercession. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — Even after eight years, Bonnie Engstrom gets choked up when she tells the story of her son’s birth and the role she believes Venerable Fulton J. Sheen played in his miraculous healing. “Officially this is an alleged miracle,” Engstrom was quick to point out at the beginning of her talk at the 2018 […]

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‘The Grace of Enough’: How one family’s decision to downsize led to better living

This cover photo of "The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture," is from author Haley Stewart's blog site, carrotsformichaelmas.com.

Reviewed by Bonnie Engstrom “The Grace of Enough” is, in part, the true story of a family of five who sold most of their belongings, moved halfway across the country, and lived in a 650-square-foot apartment with a compost, non-flushing toilet. That story alone would be enough for a great book, but for author Haley […]

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Catholic women throughout diocese are invited to convene Oct. 27 in Champaign

The convention speakers are Joann Hillebrand of Oakbrook, past president of the National Council of Catholic Women, and Bonnie Engstrom of Washington, who has a special connectoin to Venerable Fulton Sheen.

Women throughout central Illinois are invited to take a Saturday off and travel to Champaign to share stories of faith, plan for the future, and encourage one another to “cling to the truth of the Catholic faith” at the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s biennial convention. It will be held Oct. 27 at St. […]

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Saying ‘yes’ to God may first require a ‘no,’ 140 at first Finding Your Fiat event told

EAST PEORIA — During a day infused with prayer, sisterhood, laughter and a few tears, women of all ages explored the many different ways there are to say “yes” to God at the “Finding Your Fiat” Conference. The first-ever event was planned by a group of Catholic women in central Illinois and filled the parish […]

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