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Diocese’s Catholic schools get creative in raising hurricane relief funds, prayers

Holiding up a poster for their fundraiser to help students affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston are eighth-graders from St. Jude School in Peoria, from left, Genevieve Stickelmaier, Jessica Shane, Daniel Marcinak, Marcus Targos, and Carly Lindsey. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic schools around central Illinois may not have been affected by Hurricane Harvey or the storms that followed, but they have been involved in helping their fellow students in Texas, Louisiana and Florida pick up the pieces and return to class. At the request of Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of […]

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Inclusion of Scholarship Tax Credits in Illinois education reforms applauded

The choir from Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg sings in this Catholic Post file photo. The new state education funding reforms include a Scholarship Tax Credit program that could result in millions of dollars in scholarships for students in Catholic and other nonpublic schools.

Catholic officials in Illinois are applauding state education funding reforms that include a Scholarship Tax Credit program designed to provide up to $75 million a year in scholarships for qualifying students attending nonpublic schools. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly-debated reforms, which overhaul how the state funds public education, in ceremonies Aug. 31 at Ebinger […]

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Meet the valedictorians, salutatorians of our diocese’s Catholic high schools

ALLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL, ROCK ISLAND Lucy Adlfinger / Valedictorian Parents: Matt and Doreen Adlfinger Town: Milan Parish:St. Pius X, Rock Island College Choice: Saint Louis University Anticipated major: Health Sciences High school activities: National Honor Society, Key Club, Pathfinders, Habitat for Humanity, ICTM, WYSE Catholic school advantages: Whether it was through praying the rosary in the […]

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Awards bestowed as Mass, luncheon with principals closes school year in diocese

Among those recognized by the Office of Catholic Schools at its year-end Mass and luncheon with principals were, from left: Krista Hinkley of The High School of Saint Thomas More, Distinguished Teacher; Anita Kobilsek of Holy Cross School in Mendota, Distinguished Principal; Father William Miller of Costa Catholic Academy in Galesburg, Distinguished Pastor, and Sally Martin of St. Mary School in Kickapoo, Distinguished Teacher. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Encouraging the principals of Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria to savor every moment of their summer vacation, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, said he looked forward to seeing them rested and “all charged up” in the fall. At the Mass marking the end of the school year, which was held in the Our […]

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St. Mary, Kickapoo, ‘the place for me,’ says one of diocese’s ‘Distinguished Teachers’

Sally Martin enjoys the playfulness of "my 10 little men" at St. Mary School in Kickapoo. "They're my energy," she said. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

KICKAPOO — Walking into a classroom of 52 third-graders might seem like a daunting task, but for Sally Martin it was a defining moment in a career that has spanned five decades. Another came this month when Martin, who teaches a combined class of third- and fourth-graders at St. Mary School, was named one of […]

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Diocese’s new Catholic school principals share their background, vision

Eight Catholic schools in the Diocese of Peoria are welcoming new administrators as the 2016-17 academic year begins. Seven have accepted the job on a full-time basis, while one veteran is filling in for the fall semester only. The new principals are: Laura Cody, St. Paul School, Macomb; Lisa Doughan, St. Thomas School, Philo; Jamie […]

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Retiring principals share highlights, plans for life beyond the school bell

School may be out for summer, but for five principals the break will be a little longer as they begin retirement this month. Looking to spend more time with family, traveling and taking up special projects and hobbies are Mark Csanda of St. Mary School, Bloomington; Steve Eisemann of Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Daniel Schmitt […]

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Gratitude, recognition as Mass concludes school year in diocese

Gathered in the Diocesan Museum for a final photo are the school leaders who are retiring or departing: (from left) Mark Csanda, St. Mary School, Bloomington; Ryan Bustle, The High School of Saint Thomas More, Champaign; Scott Turnipseed, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, East Moline; Steve Eisemann, Costa Catholic Academy, Galesburg; Barb Shrode, St. Paul School, Macomb; Joan Leonard, Jordan Catholic School, Rock Island; Melissa Reder, St. Thomas School, Philo; and Mary Pat Shepherd, Schlarman Academy, Danville. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Before they closed the books on another year, principals and pastors from Catholic schools around the Diocese of Peoria came together in Peoria on June 2 to pray and celebrate all that has been accomplished. “I see a lot of tired people,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, quipped at the beginning of Mass in the […]

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Catholic high schools, academies of diocese set graduation ceremonies for 612

Graduates of Bloomington Central Catholic celebrate after Mass at Epiphany Church in Normal in this 2015 file photo. (Provided photo/Jim Reckard)

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled this month at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. A total of 612 seniors are expected to receive diplomas. Two schools have planned ceremonies for next weekend, May 14-15. They include: St. Bede Academy in Peru, which will host a baccalaureate Mass at 7 p.m. […]

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