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New Catholic Medical Association guild forms in Champaign-Urbana; meets Nov. 16

Dr. Schmitz is president and Deacon Dr. Scott is vice president of the newly formed Champaign-Urbana Venerable Fulton Sheen Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Both are members of St. Matthew Parish in Champaign.

CHAMPAIGN — A new guild of the Catholic Medical Association has formed in the Diocese of Peoria to help current and future physicians in the Champaign-Urbana region live and promote the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. “A core group of Catholic physicians have been meeting on a regular […]

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Urbana parish’s Festival of Lessons and Carols showcases both unity, diversity

As the St. Patrick Bell Choir plays at left and Dr. Franklin Gallo accompanies on organ, a combined choir of nearly 100 voices sings at the close of A Festival of Lessons and Carols at St. Patrick Church in Urbana on the evening of Dec. 9, the Second Sunday of Advent. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

URBANA — Just as Jesus’ birth brought joy to local shepherds and kings from far-off lands, the anticipation of celebrating the miracle 2,000 years later united diverse groups in an evening of song and prayer Dec. 9 at St. Patrick Church here. Eight choirs, representing several ethnic communities, took part in the third annual A […]

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Back in Urbana, Maryknoll Lay Missioner Dr. Susan Nagele shares gratitude, stories

Dr. Susan Nagele, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner from St. Patrick Parish in Urbana, is pictured in South Sudan last March with Regina Lotyam, a catechist. South Sudan is one of three nations in which Nagele served during 33 years of medical service in Africa. (Provided photo)

URBANA — Dr. Susan Nagele, who witnessed both miracles and misery during a remarkable 33-year career as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner serving in East Africa, is thankful. “I am one of the most fortunate people in the world,” said Nagele, 63, in closing a recent talk to a women’s group at her home parish of […]

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Funeral Mass Oct. 1 at St. Patrick Church in Urbana for Deacon David Zola, 71

Deacon David Zola

URBANA — A funeral Mass was offered at St. Patrick Church here on Oct. 1 for Deacon David Zola, who served the parish in several capacities including since 2012 as a permanent deacon. Deacon Zola died on Sept. 28, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was 71. Father Luke Spannagel was the principal […]

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‘We have so much in common,’ new OSF mission partners in Urbana, Danville told

Longtime and new OSF HealthCare mission partners applaud a speaker during a welcoming program Feb. 1 at the newly renamed OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

While transitioning two medical centers to new ownership was a complicated task that involved months of preparation across the business spectrum, the common Catholic health care traditions and missions of the facilities in Urbana and Danville also made it a time of grace. “We have so much in common,” said Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF, […]

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Mass, programs welcome Urbana and Danville medical centers into OSF ‘family’

Msgr. Mark Merdian, episcopal vicar for health care in the Diocese of Peoria, accepts a framed portrait of Mother M. Frances Krasse, foundress of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, from Sister Judith Ann Duvall, OSF. A Celebration Mass on Feb. 1 marked the transition of Catholic medical centers in Urbana and Danville into the OSF HealthCare System and honored the religious communities that are part of their histories. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Intense overnight preparation led to a morning of celebratory prayer as Catholic medical centers in Urbana and Danville were welcomed into the OSF HealthCare family on Feb. 1. “Throughout the history of religious orders in the church, one order has completed its mission and another carries it forward. This is the setting in which we […]

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“What did you do this summer?” These students served others on mission trips

Those taking part in a mission trip to rural Pennsylvania with the CREW youth group from St. Patrick Parish in Urbana pose for a selfie in front of a cross at the Anawim Community, a congregation of Sisters based in Frenchville. (Provided photo)

As schools reopen and Catholic students from central Illinois are asked by classmates “What did you do this summer?,” hundreds will be able to answer that they served others by taking part in mission trips. “What makes mission trips so special is the ability to live out the faith through the call to service,” said […]

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OSF HealthCare may acquire Presence Health hospitals in Urbana, Danville

Pending approvals, the agreement would result in OSF HealthCare taking ownership of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, left, and Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. (Provided photos)

URBANA — OSF HealthCare and Presence Health have signed a Letter of Intent for OSF HealthCare to take ownership of Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. The two organizations are currently finalizing the agreement — announced Aug. 8 — and will then seek all necessary regulatory and […]

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Urbana parish hosts Vatican astronomer via Skype seeking answers to big questions

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory in Rome, addresses a crowd via Skype at Trinity Hall of St. Patrick Parish in Urbana on Nov. 20. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

URBANA — Being on two different continents didn’t seem to matter much when St. Patrick Parish here hosted a “visit” from Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory in Rome, on Nov. 20. With the help of Skype, the seven-hour time difference melted away, making it possible for parishioners and their guests to […]

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Director of Vatican Observatory will explore ‘big questions’ with Urbana parish

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director the Vatican Observatory, will speak on "Cosmic Faith" via Skype to a gathering at St. Patrick, Urbana, on Sunday, Nov. 20. (Provided photo)

URBANA — With the help of Skype, St. Patrick Church will host a presentation by Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, on Sunday, Nov. 20. “Cosmic Faith: Exploring the Big Questions of Science and Religion” will begin at 2:30 p.m. Father George Remm, former pastor of St. Patrick Parish, will be the […]

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