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Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, Peoria native, dies May 9; funeral services pending

Sister Roberta Houlihan, CSJ, who served in Peoria for 38 years as a social worker, teacher and school counselor, died May 9, 2020, in St. Louis. She was also active in Cursillo.(Provided photo)

ST. LOUIS — Sister Roberta Cecile Houlihan, CSJ, a longtime social worker and counselor in Peoria who was also active in Cursillo, died May 9, 2020, at Nazareth Living Center here. She was 93. Funeral arrangements are pending. Born on Sept. 5, 1926, in Peoria, and baptized Phyllis, Sister Roberta was the daughter of Leo […]

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Tristan Daugherty wins first state title for Peoria Notre Dame wrestling

Tristan Daugherty, a senior at Peoria Notre Dame, hugs head coach Kevin Burk after winning the IHSA Class 1A state championship in the 126-pound division on Feb. 22 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. At right is Danny Burk, assistant coach. (Photo courtesy IllinoisMatmen.com)

Peoria Notre Dame wrestler Tristan Daugherty capped a stellar high school career and senior season by winning the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state championship with a 20-5 technical fall over previously unbeaten Nik Jiminez of Harvard in the 126-pound weight division. “It’s amazing,” Daugherty told The Catholic Post on Monday, two days after […]

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Musician Matt Faley returning home to lead diocesan youth rally on March 14

Matt Faley, a 2001 graduate of Peoria Notre Dame, has served in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for the past decade. He will lead music and be the major presenter at the Diocese of Peoria's Youth Rally on March 14. (Photo from mattfaley.com)

Catholic musician Matt Faley will feel right at home when he steps to the microphone at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 14 as the main presenter at the 2020 diocesan youth rally. After all, he has traveled the country leading praise and worship. And his two talks — on the Eucharist and […]

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From Kobe Bryant to outdoor weddings, Bishop Jenky answers students’ questions

Bishop Jenky answers questions from junior leaders at Peoria Notre Dame during his Catholic Schools Week visit to the high school on Jan. 31. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“Could Kobe Bryant become a saint?” “If God loves us so much, why would he punish us to eternity in hell?” “What is something that you wish you could tell all the young people of the church?” Those were just three of the nearly 20 questions that junior class leaders at Peoria Notre Dame High […]

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March for Life high school pilgrims from diocese tell of ‘life changing’ experience

The center spread of the Feb. 2 issue of The Catholic Post included photos and brief comments from diocesan Catholic high school pilgrims to the Jan. 24 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Some of the young pro-life pilgrims share their experience in greater detail below.

By plane, metro trains, buses, and some very crowded automobiles, hundreds of pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Jan. 24 March for Life and related events. Among them were contingents from five Catholic high schools in the diocese — Peoria Notre Dame, Central Catholic in Bloomington, […]

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A Catholic approach to mental health will be explored in series opening Oct. 30

Father Michael Driscoll will present the six-part series at Peoria Notre Dame High School.

“Catholic Sanity: A Catholic Approach to Mental Health” is the theme for a series of six adult education sessions that will be presented by Father Michael Driscoll on Wednesdays, starting Oct. 30. The sessions will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Peoria Notre Dame High School, 5105 N. Sheridan Road. Father Driscoll […]

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Peoria Notre Dame rallies to capture school’s first golf state championship

Members of the 2019 Class 2A Illinois High School Association state champion golf team from Peoria Notre Dame hold their trophy after the final round of competition Saturday at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal. Pictured are, from left, Coach Ryan Julius, Ben Dotson, Sam Newton, Mikey Wales, Zach Buscher, Gavin Smith, Ben Byrkit, and Rhett Bianchi. Team members not pictured include Alex Chiou, Andrew Berry, Bradley Schiefling, Brock Carver, Eli Polonus, Evan Gehrke, Gordon Jockisch, Jefferey Nosalik, Robby Rashid, Thatcher Spears, Wesley Schmeilski, and Will Petrakis. (Provided photo)

In their quest for the school’s first golf state championship, the Peoria Notre Dame boys team faced a seemingly impossible uphill climb Saturday at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in Normal. But a combination of resilience, talent and inspiration transformed a seven stroke deficit with just three holes to play into a […]

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United in prayer, grief, Peoria Notre Dame honors generosity of Coach Sean Gillen

Peoria Notre Dame alumnus and coach Sean Gillen went into cardiac arrest on May 6 and died this weekend. He made it possible for others to live by donating his organs through Gift of Hope. (Photo/Peoria Notre Athletics)

In life, Sean Gillen was joyful, determined and generous, and that didn’t stop after his death on May 11. The Peoria Notre Dame graduate and assistant coach made the decision to help others by being an organ donor. On Saturday afternoon, a purple flag bearing the logo of Gift of Hope was raised in his […]

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Randy Simmons Memorial 5K Run/Walk on May 25 inspired by late PND principal

PEORIA HEIGHTS — It wasn’t unusual to see Randy Simmons running around town and his friends and Peoria Notre Dame family will honor him by doing the same thing. The inaugural Randy Simmons Memorial 5K Run/Walk is planned for Saturday, May 25, at 6 p.m. It will start and finish at Tower Park, near the […]

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Catholic schools honor memory of one of their own on St. Patrick’s Day

The Peoria Notre Dame Band prepares to step off from the mall in front of the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria on March 17. They led representatives from 11 more Catholic schools in who marched in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Peoria in honor of principal Randy Simmons, who died Feb. 19. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Catholic schools from the Peoria area and surrounding communities had their own gathering of the clans March 17 as they marched as one behind Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, through the streets of downtown Peoria for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They did it to honor the memory of one of their own — Randy […]

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