OSF HealthCare, Little Company of Mary are working toward a full merger

Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago. (Photo from LCM Health News)

OSF HealthCare and the Chicago-based Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers are working toward a full merger, the two organizations announced on July 17. The merger is expected to take place in early 2020. The organizations will spend the next several months finalizing agreements and seeking the necessary regulatory and canonical approvals. […]

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The best ever? Schlarman girls repeat as state basketball champions, leave legacy

It takes two hands to symbolize Danville Schlarman's historic accomplishment in winning back-to-back IHSA Class 1A state championships. Here the Hilltoppers pose after their 62-36 title win over Lanark Eastland at Redbird Arena in Normal on Saturday. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

DANVILLE — If winning was the only goal of the Schlarman Academy girls basketball team, then the Hilltoppers’ repeat state championship earned last Saturday at Redbird Arena in Normal would be the latest in a long line of historic ways they achieved it. After all, the seniors on this talented squad never lost a home […]

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Canon John J. Flattery, former Air Force chaplain, pastor, historian dies at 88

Canon John J. Flattery

DANVILLE — A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Holy Family Church here for Canon John Joseph Flattery, a Danville native who served as a chaplain with the U.S. Air Force for nearly three decades and later was pastor of Holy Family Parish as well as St. Matthew […]

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State champions! Schlarman Academy girls let their light shine, big time

The state champion Schlarman Hilltoppers, coaches, cheerleaders, and school officials pose on the floor of Redbird Arena in Normal after the team rolled past Stockton 53-31 on Saturday to win the IHSA Class 1A girls basketball title. In the front row, from left, are cheerleaders Sarah Switzer, Sarah Lukas, Winne Zheng, Jayden King, Jessalyn Gonzalez, Regina Hinkle, Tamara Kriening, and Ainslee Johnson; second row, from left, are athletic director Phil Sexton and players Janiah Newell, Destiny Dye, Anaya Peoples, and Sydney Gouard; third row, from left, are players Suzet Sermersheim, Cece Damilano, McKaylee Allen, Emma Bogen, Ana Fitzgerald, Tannah Ceader, Capria Brown, Elizabeth Stimac, and Father Bowan Schmitt, chaplain; back row, from left, assistant coach OJ Harrison, head coach Keith Peoples, assistant coaches Jerry O’Neill, LaTana Lillard, David Gouard Jr., and Mollie DeBord, and Gail Lewis, principal. (Provided photo/David Calkins, Schlarman Academy)

DANVILLE — The girls high school basketball team from Schlarman Academy here prays before every game. Well, more than that. “Before each game, before each practice, after each game, and after each practice we pray,” said junior Anaya Peoples. In the locker room at Redbird Arena in Normal on Feb. 24 prior to the biggest […]

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‘We have so much in common,’ new OSF mission partners in Urbana, Danville told

Longtime and new OSF HealthCare mission partners applaud a speaker during a welcoming program Feb. 1 at the newly renamed OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While transitioning two medical centers to new ownership was a complicated task that involved months of preparation across the business spectrum, the common Catholic health care traditions and missions of the facilities in Urbana and Danville also made it a time of grace. “We have so much in common,” said Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, […]

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Mass, programs welcome Urbana and Danville medical centers into OSF ‘family’

Msgr. Mark Merdian, episcopal vicar for health care in the Diocese of Peoria, accepts a framed portrait of Mother M. Frances Krasse, foundress of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, from Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF. A Celebration Mass on Feb. 1 marked the transition of Catholic medical centers in Urbana and Danville into the OSF HealthCare System and honored the religious communities that are part of their histories. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Intense overnight preparation led to a morning of celebratory prayer as Catholic medical centers in Urbana and Danville were welcomed into the OSF HealthCare family on Feb. 1. “Throughout the history of religious orders in the church, one order has completed its mission and another carries it forward. This is the setting in which we […]

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OSF HealthCare may acquire Presence Health hospitals in Urbana, Danville

Pending approvals, the agreement would result in OSF HealthCare taking ownership of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, left, and Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. (Provided photos)

URBANA — OSF HealthCare and Presence Health have signed a Letter of Intent for OSF HealthCare to take ownership of Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The two organizations are currently finalizing the agreement — announced Aug. 8 — and will then seek all necessary regulatory and […]

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Fr. Thomas Shea dies at 80; remembered at funeral Mass as ‘advocate for the poor’

Father Thomas Shea

BLOOMINGTON — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 28 at St. Patrick Church of Merna here for Father Thomas S. Shea, 80, a former pastor of St. Paul Parish in Danville who spent his retirement years in his hometown of Bloomington. Father Shea died on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Heritage Health in […]

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Fr. Ted Pracz to mark golden jubilee with April 24 Mass at Holy Family, Danville

Fr. Ted Pracz

HOOPESTON — He consented to be interviewed for his 50th anniversary of ordination, but Father Ted Pracz asked that the story be short and to the point. “God deserves the thanks and the glory,” he said simply. And that’s how Father Pracz will observe his golden jubilee on Sunday, April 24. He plans to celebrate […]

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