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OSF Center for Health – Streator blessed; seen as new model of rural health care

Designed as a "health care village," the new OSF Center for Health – Streator will make a variety of community resources available to people, as well as provide access to medical care in an effort to given patients better control over their health care, according to officials. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

STREATOR — With prayer, holy water and applause, the OSF Center for Health – Streator became the “epicenter” for a new model of rural health care on Dec. 5. “There are a lot of eyes on us across the state and across the nation to see how we here in Streator navigate this change and […]

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Pastor, teacher win dance competition and their school arts programs benefit

The judges at "Dance Dance Dance for Charity" said they were looking for fun and showmanship from the six teams competing Dec. 10, and Darcy Mollo and Father Jacob Rose delivered with their Jive, performed to "Shake a Tail Feather" from "The Blues Brothers" soundtrack. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LA SALLE — There wasn’t a mirror ball trophy in sight, but Father Jacob Rose and Darcy Mollo came away from “Dance Dance Dance for Charity” Dec. 10 with a much better prize. As the champions of the dance competition sponsored by OmniArts in Starved Rock Country, they will receive $1,500 for the arts programs […]

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$30.5 million renovation plan announced for OSF Center for Health-Streator

The proposed exterior of the renovated OSF HealthCare Center for Health-Streator. (Provided photo)

STREATOR — Following months of research and community collaboration, plans were announced Oct. 18 for a $30.5 million renovation to the OSF HealthCare Center for Health-Streator. The exterior and interior renovations for the former St. Mary’s Hospital building at 111 Spring St. will be “innovative” and “forthcoming to what is in the future plans for […]

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Visitation, funeral Mass in Streator on Thursday for Fr. William Arthur Ryan, 87

Father William Arthur Ryan

STREATOR — A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father William Arthur Ryan, 87, a senior priest of the Diocese of Peoria and former pastor of 11 of its parishes. Father Ryan, a native of Streator, died on Sept. […]

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Streator to host as ‘Night of Knights’ will honor eight for service on April 1

STREATOR — Eight members of the Knights of Columbus from around the Diocese of Peoria will be honored for outstanding service to the organization, the church, and their communities at the 29th annual “Night of Knights” recognition dinner here on Saturday, April 1. The event, sponsored by the Peoria Diocese Chapter Knights of Columbus, begins […]

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Rural Streator woman, 91, uses poetry to paint pictures of farm life and faith

Mary Wiesbrock of rural Streator stands on the farm she has called home for all of her 91 years. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

STREATOR — From her kitchen window, Mary Wiesbrock can see the fields of beans and corn on the farm she has called home for all of her 91 years. Also visible is Lostlands Cemetery, which is located down the road on land donated by her great-grandfather, Patrick Whalen. From her kitchen table, Mrs. Wiesbrock writes […]

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Msgr. Philip Halfacre – silver jubilarian

Msgr. Halfacre was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and grew up in Hammond. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Indiana University and master’s degrees in divinity and sacred theology, with an emphasis in moral theology, from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He also studied at the John Paul II Institute on […]

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Seminarian’s road hasn’t been straight, but every step has been worth it

Taylor Caputo (third from left) takes a break while hiking with other men discerning their call to priesthood. He said the idea of being a priest filled him with joy and more peace than he had ever known. (Provided photo)

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Taylor Caputo was working in an architecture studio at the University of Illinois when he started to wonder if that career path was taking him in the right direction. “What’s the purpose of all this? Don’t you want your life to have meaning?” he asked himself. “Maybe I could be a priest.” […]

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