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St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria, wins IESA Class 7-2A state basketball championship

The state champion Peoria St. Vincent de Paul Vikings hoist the IESA Class 7-2A trophy to cap a 28-1 season. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Hard work on the court and generous service off it are part of the team chemistry that resulted in a state championship for the seventh grade boys’ basketball team of St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria on Feb. 7. The Vikings used a 12-4 third quarter spurt to overcome a one-point halftime deficit and […]

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For Distinguished Teacher of the Year Eileen Lohr, ‘it’s a job, but it’s fun’

Surrounded by her kindergarten class at St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria, Eileen Lohr said the key to working with them is helping them believe they can do anything, in small steps. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

When Eileen Lohr was first approached to teach kindergarten at St. Vincent de Paul School in Peoria, she was inclined to decline. “I had never taught kindergarten,” she told The Post. “I did a lot of volunteering and summer camps, but not kindergarten. I didn’t know if I could do it.” That was 21 years […]

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