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Catholic Charities’ 2019 Christmas Project distributes gifts to 235 families in need

Peoria City Council member Sid Ruckriegel and Julie Enzenberger help load the car of Trish Giger (right) with gifts for a family from St. Mary’s in Kickapoo during the Dec. 13 distribution day for Catholic Charities’ Christmas Project. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

About 235 families were assisted by this year’s Christmas Project sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria, according to Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, executive director. The project combines generosity at several parishes — which host “Giving Trees” with tags listing items requested by the families in need — as well as funds and […]

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Charity on wheels: St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry is blessed and ministry launched

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blesses a van that will serve as the St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry, a new outreach of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. Looking on at left during the ceremony at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria are Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, director of Catholic Charities, and Suzie Meismer, who will provide case management at the van’s various stops throughout the diocese. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

There is now a St. Nicholas Day every week in the Diocese of Peoria. On Tuesday morning, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, blessed a white Ford Transit cargo van as the “St. Nicholas Mobile Pantry,” a new outreach of Catholic Charities to serve needs throughout the 26-county diocese. Each week, usually on a Tuesday, the […]

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Sister Ana Pia now full-time director of Office of Evangelization, Faith Formation

Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM

As Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, guided Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria throughout most of this decade, she was sometimes asked to take on additional duties in areas such as Respect Life and Hispanic ministry. A diocesan office she has led since the departure of former director Shirley Plaag last summer — Evangelization […]

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Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, named director of diocese’s Catholic Charities

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, is director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Sister Michelle Fernandez, SCTJM, has been named director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. An experienced social worker and educator who for six years served as principal of St. Mary’s Cathedral School in an impoverished section of Miami called Little Haiti, Sister Michelle succeeds Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, who has guided Catholic […]

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Fire destroys former administration building of diocese’s Catholic Charities

Firefighters work to put down a blaze that destroyed the former administration building of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria on the agency's West Peoria campus off Heading Avenue on March 30. The building has only been used for storage in recent years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

WEST PEORIA — A 29-year-old building that originally served as the administrative base for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria was destroyed by fire on March 30. The cause of the early morning blaze at the structure, located at the West Peoria campus of Catholic Charities at 2900 W. Heading Ave., was still being […]

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Catholic Charities distributes school supply backpacks in Peoria, Bloomington

Megan Gibson holds a backpack designed for an elementary school girl, while her brothers Benjamin (left) and Luke prepare to add paper, notebooks and folders. All three attend St. Patrick School in Washington and Luke earned service hours for confirmation by helping other students get ready for school. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Families who visited the Catholic Charities food pantry in Peoria on Aug. 1 got a pleasant surprise when staff offered them the opportunity to pick up backpacks filled with school supplies for their children and grandchildren. There were 150 backpacks available at the food pantry that day, with another 75 being distributed through the Hispanic […]

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Mother-Daughter Tea on April 30 specially invites girls ages 10 to 13

Dr. Jillian Stalling (left) and Shirley Plaag will speak at the Mother and Daughter Tea on April 30 in Peoria.

Body and soul will be fed at the Mother and Daughter Tea that will be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Planned for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., it is being co-sponsored by the Respect Life Ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria and OSF FertilityCare. Cecilia […]

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