War veterans invited to find peace on 2020 ‘Warriors to Lourdes’ pilgrimage

Father Jeffrey Laible, spiritual director for Warriors to Lourdes, distributes Communion during Mass for English-speaking service members and their companions at the grotto in Lourdes, France, during the International Military Pilgrimage in May 2016. (Provided photo/Lt. Col. William Wong, M.D.)

Even though the war may be over, the battle continues for many who were scarred by combat. The Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage offers a way to find peace, according to Father Jeffrey Laible, pastor of four Logan County Catholic parishes and spiritual director for the program. “It’s the opportunity to receive the gift of healing. […]

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40 Spalding-Bergan vets take Honor Flight, honor the ‘Ten on the Wall’

Five of the 40 alumni of the former Spalding Institute or Bergan High School in Peoria who took part in the Honor Flight place their hands on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Their reflection creates a symbolic illustration of the "Ten on the Wall" --those graduates from the Catholic high schools in Peoria who were killed in the convlick or are missing in action. Photo courtesy OneNine Images/Andy Brophy

Our nation celebrates and thanks its military veterans this weekend, but almost a month ago the Peoria Catholic high school community remembered and honored the sacrifices of its alumni who served during the Vietnam War era. Forty alumni of the former Spalding Institute and Bergan High School who are Vietnam or Vietnam-era veterans were among […]

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