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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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Augustana College students deepen knowledge, faith on class trip to Rome

Some of the 37 students from Augustana College in Rock Island taking part in a recent trip to Rome as part of a religion class are pictured with Father Jeremy Freehill, Catholic Ministries Coordinator on campus, at Castel Sant’Angelo overlooking the Tiber River in the Eternal City. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — For Kaitlyn MacDonald, the opportunity to travel to Rome with nearly 40 other students at the end of her sophomore year at Augustana College here “may have been the greatest blessing God has given me thus far.” “Growing up, my faith was always one of the biggest parts of my life,” said […]

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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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