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Newman Center, Hall name has deeper meaning for pilgrims to canonization

Student pilgrims from St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois are pictured outside St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican prior to the canonization Mass for St. John Henry Newman and four other new saints. From left, they are Anthony Burkhardt, Nicole Nussel, Aleesha Roessler, and James Kabbes. (Provided photo by Father Robert Lampitt)

CHAMPAIGN — Anthony Burkhardt will never say “Newman Hall” the same way. Not after the sophomore molecular and cellular biology major at the University of Illinois spent five days in Italy with a contingent from St. John’s Catholic Newman Center and attended the Oct. 13 canonization Mass for five new saints, including St. John Henry […]

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Taryn Watkins, artist and teacher, shares her gift while on pilgrimage . . . to heaven

Artist Taryn Watkins, seen here with a favorite piece, likes to work in egg tempera, acrylic and oil, as well as water color. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Taryn Watkins has made some long and arduous pilgrimages in her young life, traveling 500 miles through France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and 1,200 miles from Canterbury, England, to Rome along the Via Francigena. There have been shorter pilgrimages, too, such as the mile she used to walk intentionally from where she […]

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‘God had a plan’ for Majestic Italy choir, pilgrims throughout tour

The St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir and accompanying pilgrims on the "Majestic Italy" singing tour are shown outside St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. (Provided photo)

God had something special in mind for the St. Anthony Camerata Chorale Festival Choir and Mary Ann Fahey-Darling said because of it the 31 singers and their traveling companions reaped blessing after blessing during their musical pilgrimage to “Majestic Italy.” “God had a plan and it was so much bigger than us,” she told The […]

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