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Schools’ office names distinguished principal, pastor, and teacher of year

Dr. Noreen Dillon is congratulated by students at St. Mark School in Peoria on Principal Appreciation Day after learning that she had been named Distinguished Principal of the Year by the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. Also recognized were Msgr. Mark Merdian, pastor of St. Pius X School in Rock Island, as Distinguished Pastor of the Year, and James Taber, longtime science teacher at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, as Distinguished Teacher of the Year.

In the season of thanksgiving, the Office of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Peoria is recognizing three people who have given many years of service to Catholic schools. They are Msgr. Mark Merdian, pastor of St. Pius X School in Rock Island, Distinguished Pastor of the Year; Dr. Noreen Dillon of St. Mark School […]

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Finally, a ‘Bingo!’ Rock Island couple wins Post’s diocese-wide game, grand prize

Tom and Jan DeSmet hold their winning Bingo card outside their Rock Island home. The longtime members of St. Pius X Parish successfully matched all numbers within the outlined blue cross and qualify for the grand prize of a $5,000 furniture shopping spree from Sherman's. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

ROCK ISLAND — The virtue of patience is paying off for Tom and Jan DeSmet, the apparent sole winners of The Catholic Post’s diocese-wide Bingo game and its grand prize of a $5,000 furniture shopping spree at Sherman’s. That the DeSmets, members of St. Pius X Parish in Rock Island for more than five decades, […]

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Send a note as Sr. Cecelia, former music teacher in Rock Island, turns 100 June 26

Sister Mary Cecelia Vandeberg dressed for music ministry as a young Sister of Humility (left) and in 2018 as she approached her 100th birthday on June 26. Still going strong, she visits nursing home residents once a week and makes a Holy Hour every afternoon.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Sister Cecelia Vandeberg, CHM, once helped to fill the halls of St. Pius X School in Rock Island with music. Now the Congregation of the Humility of Mary is inviting friends and former students to fill her mailbox with cards and letters for her 100th birthday. Sister Cecelia will reach that milestone […]

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With help of Rock Island parish, Alleman students, peace finds the Kabunze Family

The Kabunze Family gathers in front of the fireplace of their Rock Island rental home, where stockings for each of them hang on the mantle. They are (from left), Enock, Annuarite, Maombi (mother), Solange, Filipo, Kasaika (father), Sarah, Grace, Riziki and Alfa. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — It isn’t uncommon to pray for peace on earth during the Christmas Season, but few people appreciate that gift in the way Kasaika and Maombi Kabunze do. The couple, who escaped from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2005 with two small children, have spent the last 11 years in a […]

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St. Pius X, Rock Island, to model mercy by adopting Congolese refugee family

St. Pius X Church in Rock Island is the site of one of the Diocese of Peoria's offical holy doors for the Year of Mercy. Parishioners have told Barb Roedel that adopting a refugee family is a "wonderful outreach of mercy in the Year of Mercy." (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

  ROCK ISLAND — Members of St. Pius X Parish are getting involved in the world’s refugee crisis in a deeply personal way as they prepare to welcome a Congolese family to the Quad Cities. It is an answer to prayer, according to Msgr. Mark Merdian, pastor. “With the pope’s emphasis on this for the […]

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