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Class of 2019 being sent forth with prayers, challenges, gratitude

Kara Spear of Hanna City receives a “Blessing of Hands” from Father Dennis Spohrer during the Baccalaureate Mass May 18 at the Peoria Civic Center for graduates of the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. Spear was one of 93 students earning a bachelor of science in nursing degree. Father Spohrer is assistant chaplain at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. Also administering the blessing were Msgr. Mark Merdian, diocesan episcopal vicar for healthcare, and Deacon Joseph Knapp, pastoral care manager at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Whether they are graduating from a Catholic college, high school, or grade school, members of the Class of 2019 in the Diocese of Peoria are being asked to stay close to the Lord and share Christ’s love wherever life takes them in the future. “Your love of God brings an additional quality to your professional […]

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Nearly 600 set to graduate from Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Peoria

Students from Central Catholic High School in Bloomington toss their caps after a graduation ceremony in this file photo.

Graduation ceremonies have been scheduled for the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria on the following two weekends, with diplomas to be awarded to 588 seniors. Four schools will hold graduation events on Sunday, May 19. In Bloomington, the 79 seniors of Central Catholic High School will gather for a […]

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Catholic high schools, academies of diocese set graduation ceremonies for 612

Graduates of Bloomington Central Catholic celebrate after Mass at Epiphany Church in Normal in this 2015 file photo. (Provided photo/Jim Reckard)

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled this month at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. A total of 612 seniors are expected to receive diplomas. Two schools have planned ceremonies for next weekend, May 14-15. They include: St. Bede Academy in Peru, which will host a baccalaureate Mass at 7 p.m. […]

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