Support St. Bede chaplain, 70, and students as they ‘polar plunge’ for Special Olympics

Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain of St. Bede Academy in Peru, leaps with students into the chilly Illinois River during a polar plunge last year. Father Ronald, who just turned 70, will take the plunge again -- joined by 40 St. Bede students -- on Feb. 29 in Mendota to raise money for Special Olympics. (Provided photo)

PERU — What better way for a priest to celebrate turning 70 than by running fully clothed into a lake of frigid water on the last day of February? “It should be fun,” said Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, chaplain of St. Bede Academy in Peru, in anticipating a Leap Day plunge into Lake Mendota on […]

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St. Bede takes third in state 1A softball; Alleman finishes fourth in 2A baseball

St. Bede pitcher Abbie May tossed a shutout in the Class 1A state softball third place game on June 1 in East Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

St. Bede Academy of Peru captured third place in the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state softball tournament with a 2-0 win over Hardin Calhoun on June 1 Saturday at EastSide Centre in East Peoria. The third place finish is the highest ever for a girls team at St. Bede. And the Lady Bruins […]

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Gospel parable comes to life as $200 in gifts return $1,921 at St. Bede Academy

Sophomore Logan Zeglis and senior Olivia Smith got creative and had fun with their projects. (Provided photo)

PERU — Making the Gospel come alive often leads to programs involving committees, meetings, and great sums of money. But could you do it with $20? That’s what Father Ronald Margherio, OSB, challenged eight students and two teachers at St. Bede Academy to do between Thanksgiving and the time they returned from Christmas break on […]

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Perino Science Center dedicated at St. Bede, becomes new school entrance

Alumnus Angelo Perino cuts the ribbon to the new Perino Science Center at St. Bede Academy in Peru, while Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, and Andrea Perino hold it steady. Among those looking on are, from left, Michelle Mershon, principal of St. Bede; Matt McGinnis, director of the Legacy Project; and Dr. Ted Struck, superintendent of St. Bede. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

PERU — Expressing great gratitude for the gifts made and hard work undertaken over the last three years, Abbot Philip Davey, OSB, offered a prayer of blessing as the new Perino Science Center at St. Bede Academy was dedicated Aug. 19. “Come and see our new home,” he said, as he prepared to walk through […]

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Class of 2018 top high school graduates share their memories, plans, gratitude

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following are photos and brief biographies of the valedictorians and salutatorians at the seven Catholic high schools and academies in the Diocese of Peoria. We congratulate them and all graduates. The top students were invited to answer two questions: 1) “How would you describe the advantages of attending a Catholic high school?” and […]

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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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“What did you do this summer?” These students served others on mission trips

Those taking part in a mission trip to rural Pennsylvania with the CREW youth group from St. Patrick Parish in Urbana pose for a selfie in front of a cross at the Anawim Community, a congregation of Sisters based in Frenchville. (Provided photo)

As schools reopen and Catholic students from central Illinois are asked by classmates “What did you do this summer?,” hundreds will be able to answer that they served others by taking part in mission trips. “What makes mission trips so special is the ability to live out the faith through the call to service,” said […]

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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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