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St. Matthew, Champaign, welcomes new principal; set to open preschool

"It's almost like a dream come true -- my passion of being an educator and still being able to practice my faith daily," says Michelle Biggs, the new principal of St. Matthew School in Champaign. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHAMPAIGN — St. Matthew School is poised to start a preschool next week and new principal Michelle Biggs couldn’t be a better fit — she has national board certification in early childhood education. “Things happen for a reason and God opens doors when you least expect it,” she said. A teacher and assistant principal in […]

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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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Lopez brothers supported one another on their journey to be permanent deacons

Standing on either side of Bishop Jenky are Deacon Guadalupe I. Lopez (left) and his brother, Deacon Faustino Lopez. Joinging them in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria after their ordination as permanent deacons on May 20 are their extended families. They are believed to be the first brothers ordained to the diaconate in the same class for the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Long involved in their parishes, it was no surprise that God called Guadalupe I. Lopez and his younger brother Faustino Lopez to be permanent deacons. The surprise came when they went to the first information session sponsored by the Diocese of Peoria and found each other there. “Neither of us knew the other was going […]

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College students take ‘next step’ in discerning God’s plan at retreat

As part of the Next Step Discernment Retreat, students were invvited to meet individually with the priests, married couple and consecrated women present. Here Theresa Ponichi visits with Sister M. Karolyn Nunes, FSGM. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was part of “Vocations 2017,” a special section of the March 26 edition of The Catholic Post. To see the entire section, click on the Post’s “E-Edition” link. CHAMPAIGN — God has a unique plan for each person’s life and 80 college students spent a recent Saturday considering what that might be […]

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Holy Cross, Champaign teacher, award recipient, sees value in Catholic Scouting

Anthony Frasca, assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 9 of Holy Cross in Champaign and a Bronze Pelican recipient, is shown with Scouts Anthony Frasca Jr., Jack Williamson and Forrester Coleman during the troop's recent ski outing to Wisconsin. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Anthony Frasca wasn’t involved in Scouting as a youth and had never been camping when he got involved as another way to spend time with his son, also named Anthony. That was seven years ago. Both Anthonys kept going and now spend more than 20 nights a year outside under the stars — […]

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The High School of Saint Thomas More’s Krista Hinkley is Distinguished Teacher

"I love Saint Thomas More. I love being a part of Catholic education," says Krista Hinkley (center), one of two educators recognized this year by the Office of Catholic Education as Distinguished Teachers. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Krista Hinkley never wanted a job that would just pay the bills. She was looking for something she could love and feel passionate about, something that would never leave her feeling like she was counting down the minutes to the end of the day. Serving as an English teacher at The High School […]

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‘Vote Pro-Life’ yard signs promoted by volunteers at Holy Cross, Champaign

"Vote Pro-Life" yard signs dot the parish grounds at Holy Cross, Champaign. The signs are a volunteer project of the parish's pro-life committee. (Provided photo)

CHAMPAIGN — Amid all the name-calling of this year’s election season come yard signs in area neighborhoods that promote voting for a bunch of real babies. “Vote Pro-Life” is the message of the signs, a project of pro-life committee volunteers at Holy Cross Parish in Champaign. The professional signs, produced at a discounted cost by […]

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As Year of Mercy nears Nov. 20 end, its fruits are evident around diocese

Father Tom Otto opens the Holy Door at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Nauvoo at the conclusion of a 17-mile Walk to Mercy pilgrimage on Sept. 24. The Year of Mercy ends on Nov. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy draws to a close, it is with grateful hearts that pastors, chaplains and pastoral ministers note that people of all ages accepted the invitation to experience God’s mercy for themselves and extend it to others. “I’ve had the grace of being the pastor of two Holy Doors — the […]

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Public Square Rosary Rallies planned on Saturday, Oct. 15, in six communities

(The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Public Square Rosary Rallies are being organized in several communities of the Diocese of Peoria on Saturday, Oct. 15, to pray for our nation and the conversion of sinners as Our Lady of Fatima requested. According to the organization America Needs Fatima, the rosary will be prayed at more than 16,000 public locations around the […]

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Galesburg, Champaign, Bloomington are stops Sept. 16-19 on tour of Fatima statue

Patrick Sabat, the principal custodian of the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, has been traveling with the statue since 2003.

The International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima, on a two-year “Centennial U.S. Tour for Peace” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary in the Portugal village, will be hosted in Galesburg, Champaign and Bloomington from Sept. 16-19. The statue was sculpted in 1947 by Jose Thedim on instructions from Sister Lucia, who […]

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