Coronavirus concern is personal for Chinese students, St. Bede community

This sign in the lobby of St. Bede Academy's new Perino Science Center celebrates the school's sister relationship with Kinglee High School in Zhengzhou, China. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

PERU — Concern over the coronavirus that is plaguing China and spreading is personal and magnified at St. Bede Academy here, which has 30 international students, the great majority from China. “Everyone’s worried, but hopefully things will turn good very soon,” said You-Ling (Weileen) Wang, director of academic achievement and support for the international students. […]

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St. Margaret’s Health, Spring Valley and IVCH, Peru, may consolidate operations

St. Margaret's Hospital is a 69-licensed bed facility in Spring Valley. It was founded in 1903 by seven Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. (Photo from

SPRING VALLEY — St. Margaret’s Health in Spring Valley, a member of SMP Health System, and Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH) in Peru announced March 4 that they have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to consolidate their operations and form a regional health network. While emphasizing that this is the beginning of a process, […]

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St. Bede Academy raises $100,000 for Annual Fund and serves needy on #GivingTuesday

St. Bede Academy students Olivia Wojcik, Maeckenzie Mrowicki, Gaby Garcia, Eva Cattani, and Veronica Lopez promote some of what the school offers as part of a #GivingTuesday campaign Nov. 28 that raised more than $100,000 for the St. Bede Annual Fund. (Provided photo)

PERU — St. Bede Academy here raised a record $100,000 on Nov. 28 during a global day of giving promoted primarily via social media and known by the hashtag #GivingTuesday. “The outpouring of generosity and overwhelming kindness from our St. Bede family with more than 190 donations has made an incredible impact on the St. […]

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‘We’re breaking ground for you’: Major project at St. Bede Academy under way

Before ground was broken at St. Bede Academy, students in each class were blessed with holy water and incense by Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Looking at the construction crew and equipment already hard at work at St. Bede Academy, Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, acknowledged that ground had already been broken for the new Science Center and Student Commons. “Perhaps you’ve noticed,” he said, with a smile. “But none of you were here. Since we’re breaking ground for […]

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Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Valentine Church, Peru, for Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek, 58

Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek is pictured with Polish dancers during a parish ethnic festival sponsored by St. Valentine and St. Mary parishes in Peru in this 2015 Catholic Post file photo. Msgr. Rejsek, 58, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning in Peru.

PERU — A funeral Mass was offered July 21 at St. Valentine Church here for Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek, 58, pastor of St. Valentine and St. Mary parishes in Peru who devoted much of his priestly life to Hispanic ministry and service on the diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Msgr. Rejsek died early on Saturday morning, July […]

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St. Mary Parish in Peru to celebrate its 150th anniversary with Aug. 6 Mass, dinner

Among those organizing events commemorating the 150th anniversary of St. Mary Parish in Peru are, from left, Dick Nowatka, Jo Marie Duncan, Sandy Nowatka, Joyce Koontz, Bill Dekowski, Mary Suarez, Bob Suarez, Bonnie Pikula, Stan Pikula and Lois Carroll. (Provided photo)

PERU — Established in 1867, St. Mary Parish is marking its 150th anniversary this year. To celebrate the occasion, parishioners are planning a Mass and dinner for Sunday, Aug. 6. Msgr. J. Brian Rejsek, pastor, will be the celebrant for the 10:30 a.m. liturgy at St. Mary, 1319 Sixth St. The anniversary dinner will follow […]

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St. Bede Academy begins construction on new Science Center, Student Commons

Completion of the new Science Center and Student Commons at St. Bede Academy in Peru cannot come soon enough for (from left) Maggie Daluga ’18, Ben Morrow ’19, Mackenzie Brady ’18, Thomas Makransky ’23, Mark Yaklich ’19, Tim Daluga ’22, and Kassidy Brady ’20. (Provided photo)

PERU — Construction has begun on a new Science Center and Student Commons at St. Bede Academy. Work could be completed as early as next spring, with the building ready to use for the 2018-19 school year. “We recently signed the contracts and are here today to bless this land and all people working to […]

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St. Bede Academy outlines plans for new Science Center and Student Commons

Matt McGinnis, director of the Legacy Project at St. Bede and a 1985 graduate of the school, and Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey stand next to the architect's rendering of what the entrance to the new Science Center and Student Commons at St. Bede Academy would look like. If funding for the $5.5 million project is secured, ground could be broken by June 1. (The Catohlic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — It took more than 10 million bricks to build St. Bede Academy and they’re about to get some company. During three information meetings last week, officials at St. Bede Academy announced plans to build a new Science Center and Student Commons, with work starting as early as June 1. The estimated cost is […]

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