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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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Distinguished teacher invites his students to explore their world, faith

Jim Taber, who has taught at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington for 36 years and chaired the science department there for 35 of them, can't help but teach, even in conversation. Everything becomes a lesson in science and faith for the Distinguished Teacher of the Year. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Jim Taber can’t help himself. Conversation with him is filled with lessons in biology, chemistry, botany, math and physics and it’s done in such a joyful and spontaneous way that anyone listening will learn something and be happy to do it. That’s a good thing for his students at Central Catholic High School, […]

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Gratitude, pride as Central Catholic H.S. celebrates National Blue Ribbon award

Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria, presents the plaque designating Central Catholic High School in Bloomington as a National Blue Ribbon School to principal Sean Foster at a celebration on Nov. 17. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — Students, faculty and staff, families and benefactors of Central Catholic High School often say, “It’s great to be a Saint,” and now the U.S. Department of Education has joined the chorus. Central Catholic was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School at the end of September, and the award came home from Washington, […]

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