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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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‘Pi Day’ brings joy — and pie — to young mathematician at St. Philomena School

Eighth-grader Eddie Couri of St. Philomena School in Peoria demonstrates -- for only two minutes -- his ability to recite 2,034 of the digits that make up the mathematical constant known as pi. It took him 25 minutes to reach his record-breaking total on March 14, Pi Day. Pi begins with 3.14159. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Most people probably would rather spend 25 minutes eating pie than reciting as many digits as they could for pi, the mathematical constant that is used to determine the area and circumference of a circle. Then again, most people aren’t Eddie Couri. An eighth-grader at St. Philomena School in Peoria, Couri was able to recite […]

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Three Catholic school principals are retiring as school year comes to an end

Joe McDaniel, Jodi Peine, and Jerry Carls are retiring, although not for the first time, as principals as the academic year comes to an end. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Three principals serving in Catholic schools of the Diocese of Peoria are retiring as the academic year comes to an end. Jerry Carls, principal of Trinity Catholic Academy in LaSalle for two years, and Joe McDaniel, principal of Holy Cross in Champaign, each stepped in on an interim basis until permanent principals could be found. […]

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Budding scientists at St. Philomena, Peoria, track eclipse, link it with faith

Armed with their observation sheets to collect data, junior high students at St. Philomena School, Peoria, tracked the solar eclipse from beginning to end. (Provided photo)

Viewing a solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the budding scientists at St. Philomena School in Peoria were determined not to waste it. That’s good news for everyone, especially the scientists at NASA. Their observations will be sent to the space agency and studied along with findings from people across the United States, according […]

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‘Hunger Feast’ at St. Philomena School in Peoria opens eyes, hearts to inequalities

As junior high teacher Amy Murphy and student Morgan Varwig served bowls of rice and beans at the St. Philomena Hunger Feast on April 5 in Peoria, signs throughout the gym raised awareness of hunger globally and locally. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Irene VanderVennet was out to dinner with her grandson, Charlie Shadid, and a group of friends. There were fresh flowers and nice china on the table set for 10, the food was varied and plentiful, and the servers were doting and friendly. Just a matter of feet away, however — and well within Charlie and […]

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