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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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Bishop appoints Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, as principal of Peoria Notre Dame

Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM

Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has appointed Sister Sara Kowal, SCTJM, to serve as principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School for the remainder of the current academic year. The announcement was made March 6. Sister Sara, who has taught theology and directed campus ministry at the school for seven years, was to have succeeded […]

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#PNDtogether: A grieving community unites in prayer, love, remembrance

In the week between Randy Simmons' Feb. 19 death and Feb. 26 funeral, students at Peoria Notre Dame High School found creative ways to support and encourage one another, and pay tribute to their beloved principal. (Provided photo)

The morning after his death, Randy Simmons was remembered during an all-school Mass at Peoria Notre Dame High School, where he had served as principal for six years. Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, was the main celebrant for the liturgy and in his homily he called Simmons “a gifted educator” and man of strong faith. […]

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Pilgrims from Diocese of Peoria ready to experience World Youth Day in Poland

World Youth Day 2016 will focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy." (CNS)

Dozens of pilgrims from the Diocese of Peoria will join an expected 2 million Catholics preparing to gather in Poland with Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016 later this month. Most of the local participants will be part of a pilgrimage organized by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary that […]

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