ACE teachers give two years, receive lifetime experiences in faith-filled service

The Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows working in the Diocese of Peoria strike a pose before leaving their summer classes at the University of Notre Dame to take their posts in central Illinois: (clockwise from upper left) Erin McNally, who is teaching at St. Mark, Peoria; Luke Heineman, St. Edward School, Chillicothe; and Maria Wnorowski and Lucy Enright, Peoria Notre Dame High School. (Provided photo)

If things had gone according to plan, Lucy Enright would be in medical school and Luke Heineman might be pursuing a doctorate in history or attending law school this year. Instead, she is teaching physics at Peoria Notre Dame High School and he is teaching English and language arts at St. Edward School in Chillicothe, […]

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Chillicothe nurse says special delivery of healthy baby made for her best Christmas

Geneva Wallace of Chillicothe served as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for much of her 42-year career. Now retired, she takes great joy in hooking rugs and teaching others to do the same. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — Early one cold December morning, long before the sun filled the sky, a baby boy was born. No, not that baby. This birth took place just south of Chillicothe, but it was still the best Christmas present Geneva Wallace ever received. On that Christmas Eve, the child made it clear that he was […]

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Chillicothe parishioner, 101, is honored for a lifetime of extraordinary service

"You've got to keep going," said Ruth McLaughlin, 101, shown with her dog, Lilly, at the cozy house they share in Chillicothe. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — You won’t find Ruth McLaughlin sitting around watching television. In fact, sitting around is something the centenarian has never been very good at. “You’ve got to do something. You’ve got to keep going,” said Mrs. McLaughlin, 101, during a recent visit. “When you’re doing things you like to do, you don’t give it […]

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‘Miracle in Chillicothe’ celebrated as reopened St. Edward School is blessed

Bishop Jenky blesses the newly restored St. Edward School in Chillicothe during a ceremony in its foyer on Jan. 29. Making the sign of the cross to his left is Father Keith Walder, pastor. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

  CHILLICOTHE — A fundraising summer snowball that came to be known as the “Miracle in Chillicothe” was joyfully celebrated Jan. 29 with the blessing of a newly restored and reopened St. Edward School. “This small parish, this small school, this small town pulled together,” said Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who joined the St. […]

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Chillicothe group promotes prayers for bringing non-practicing Catholics back

For their work to organize the Mary and Monica Helpers at St. Edward Parish in Chillicothe, Gail Kruse and Diane Hahn received the Imperative Award at the DCCW's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 14. They are pictured with Msgr. Dale Wellman, DCCW spiritual adviser. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHILLICOTHE — Established as a way to pray people back into the practice of their faith, the Mary and Monica Helpers at St. Edward Parish created a prayer book that members can personalize with their own holy cards, prayers and petitions, according to Diane Hahn, president. Two of the prayers are specific to the group, […]

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