In Peoria, St. Jude Catholic School has three of our Sisters teaching and one serving as principal. Nearby, two of our Sisters teach at Peoria Notre Dame High School. In both locations, the Sisters collaborate regularly with their amazing priests – Fr. Patrick Henehan, Fr. Andru O’Brien, and Fr. Kyle Lucas. Highlights of the year included preparing 23 students for Confirmation and 26 for Reconciliation and First Communion. Because our community has a special devotion to Mary, the eighth graders made their Consecration to Mary, and the First Communicants were invested with the Brown Scapular. At the high school, the Sisters held a girl’s Bible study and a summer book club. They also chaperoned the March for Life, helping over 100 students become more deeply pro-life.
Beyond their own schools, the Sisters also helped lead retreats at Catholic Central High School and Marquette High School. In addition, the Sisters hosted get-togethers for discerning women featuring prayer, snacks, and fellowship. The most exciting trip was taking a group of 17 high school and college girls to the February Be Not Afraid Discernment retreat at our Motherhouse in Ann Arbor.