Deacon Raymond Van Wassenhove, 89, dies; funeral Mass is March 13 in Kewanee

Deacon Raymond Van Wassenhove

KEWANEE — A funeral Mass was to be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, at Saint John Paul II Parish here for Deacon Raymond J. Van Wassenhove, who served as a permanent deacon at the parish from 1990 to 2005 when it was known as St. Mary. Deacon Van Wassenhove, who was ordained […]

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OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee celebrates 100 years of service

The present OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center, located at the corner of South Street and Midland Road on the southwest edge of Kewanee, opened in 2008, but traces its roots back 100 years. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

KEWANEE — One hundred years of health care service to the region, a century of trust, and a future filled with faith, hope and dreams were prayerfully celebrated April 17 as OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center observed its centennial. “What an unbelievable legacy has been left to this community that now is a part […]

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Overall Catholic school enrollment slips in diocese, but bright spots evident

Sheila Cromien, principal of Visitaton Catholic School in Kewanee, and Father Johndamaseni Zilimu, pastor, sit in the middle of the school's students and teachers as the academic year begins. While enrollment has dropped in diocesan schools, Visitation's principal and pastor have worked to increase enrollment there by nearly 55 percent over the last five years. (Provided photo)

Enrollment in the 42 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria has declined by 307 students since last year, but there are some bright spots to be found among the numbers. With 8,185 elementary students and 2,026 secondary students, the schools enroll a total of 10,211 children. The total last year was 10,518, with 8,427 […]

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Students at Visitation School, Kewanee, get creative with $50 as ‘Friends of Jesus’

Addi and Brady Clark hold just a few of the 500 diapers they purchased for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee with the money they pooled from the "Friends of Jesus" project. (Provided photo)

KEWANEE — Asked how they would help someone at Christmas if they had $50 in imaginary “Vis Bucks” to spend, the fifth- and sixth-graders at Visitation Catholic School got creative. When they each received an actual $50 bill the next day, they got to be a “Friend of Jesus.” Visitation was one of 25 schools […]

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