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ICHA Board Members 2021

Brennan, Megan
Franciscan Ministries

Cacchione, Patrick
Executive Director, ICHA

Jenky, Bishop Daniel
Diocese of Peoria

Keen, Dr. Mary
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital and Clinics

Mayer, Dawn
Franciscan Ministries

McCormick, Br. Daniel
Sponsor, Ascension Health Ministries

Merdian, Msgr. Mark – chair
Diocese of Peoria

Paprocki, Bishop Thomas John
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Roach, Steve
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Springfield

Rutherford, Theresa
St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur

Sehring, Robert
OSF Healthcare

Sifuentes, James
St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago

Trstensky, Sr. Jomary
Sponsor, Hospital Sisters Health System

Ume, Dean Ebere
Leach College of Nursing, University of St. Francis, Joliet

Walsh, Sr. Sharon Ann
Sponsor, OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Medical Center

Chaplain Education Program


RSS Catholic News

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    In a front-page op-ed in the Vatican newspaper’s November 29 edition, Father Giulio Albanese, a missionary and journalist, linked the spread of the Omicron variant in Africa to the low vaccination rate there. 6.7% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people, he wrote, have been fully vaccinated, and 9.9% have received one dose. “In view of what […]
  • Opus Dei leaders meet with Pope (Opus Dei)
    The Prelate of Opus Dei and his auxiliary vicar met with Pope Francis for 30 minutes on November 29. The meeting came weeks after 42 Argentine and Paraguayan women, claiming labor exploitation, lodged a complaint with the Vatican. Opus Dei, which was founded by St. Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975) in 1928, stated in a press release […]
  • Leader of Afghanistan's Catholic community longs to return to the country (CNS)
    “I hope that, as soon as possible, we can return to a situation of normality — which means peace, stability, security — and that, therefore, foreign personnel can return to the country and can also live their faith without limitations,” said Father Giovanni Scalese, who has led the Afghan Catholic mission since 2014. “We do […]
  • Paraguay's bishops demand respect for rights of indigenous people (Fides)
    “We demand respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and the laws that govern them; we demand that priority be given to the right to land and property for all Paraguayans,” the nation’s bishops said in a message to the nation’s government. “We turn to you to express our deep concern over the forced evictions […]
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