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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Despite snow, diocese’s enthusiastic presence seen at March for Life Chicago

Jacob Hopper, Kevin Ellis, Sam Menacher and Chase Stevens of the St. John Paul II Catholic Newman Center in Normal carry the banner for the Diocese of Peoria during March for Life Chicago on Jan. 13. It says, “Life Plays in Peoria.” (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

CHICAGO — Respect life advocates of all ages proved that it takes more than a snow storm to keep them from standing up for the unborn when they gathered for March for Life Chicago last Sunday. The enthusiastic rally in Federal Plaza and walk through downtown Chicago proceeded, despite the storm on Jan. 12 that […]

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Beloved retired religious continue to inspire; national collection this weekend

Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, a longtime nurse, enjoys the time she spends with caregivers (from left) Becky Lamie, CNA; Renee Perrin, RN; and Sydnie Angel, CNA, at St. Joseph Home of Lacon. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

In her day, Sister M. Alphonse Husak, DSF, was a force to be reckoned with. Calm and competent as a nurse, she was often called in the middle of the night to help mothers during labor and delivery or assist with emergencies at St. Francis Hospital in rural Mountain View, Missouri. She spent 45 years […]

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St. Bede Academy seeks funds to complete track in memory of fallen Marine, alum

Marine Captain Thomas Heitmann was killed on Sept. 19, 2011, during a helicopter training mission. (Provided photo)

PERU — St. Bede Academy is asking for help to complete a mission begun by Marine Captain Thomas John Heitmann a year before the Mendota native died serving his country in 2011: to build a track facility on the Academy grounds. “Our mission is to finish Thomas’ dream, honor his sacrifice, and inspire future high […]

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