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St. Thomas, Philo, opens Catholic Schools Week with the blessing of a new addition

St. Thomas principal Lisa Doughan thanks the many people who had a hand in the planning and construction of the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium, including the late Robert H. Trost, a major benefactor. Looking on is Father Keith Walder, pastor, and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, who said he was proud of the work the parish had done to accomplish "the magnificent renewal of your school." The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PHILO — After coming from the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium at St. Thomas School, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, had just one word as he started Mass Jan. 25: “Wow.” “I’m so proud of what God has done through you with that magnificent addition to the school,” he said as he greeted the […]

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St. Thomas School, Philo, breaks ground for Trost Learning Center, Gymnasium

Taking shovels in hand, Trost family members Jayden and Addisyn Matthis (with their mother, Heather); Dr. Sharon Weiss, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Peoria; Father Keith Walder, pastor; Lisa Doughan, principal; Dalton Carmien, Student Council president; and parish trustee Jim Deters break ground for the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium at St. Thomas School in Philo. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PHILO — “Gratitude” is one of the virtues the students at St. Thomas School are focusing on this year and there was plenty to go around Sept. 13 when ground was blessed and broken for the new Trost Learning Center and Gymnasium. Father Keith Walder, pastor, called it “a monumental day.” “We ask God to […]

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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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Facing school closure, St. Edward in Chillicothe seeing a wave of generosity

More than $440,000 has been pledged in just three days in an effort to save St. Edward School in Chillicothe from closing because of costly needed repairs. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

  CHILLICOTHE — A weekend announcement that St. Edward School in Chillicothe is closing because of extensive repair costs resulting from a leaky roof has set off a wave of prayer and charity in hopes of saving the 56-year-old elementary school. “It has been amazing to see our parish and community rally behind our wonderful […]

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