Celebrating 150 Years of Catholic Education



This spring we will celebrate the 150th year of Catholic Secondary Education in the Greater Peoria area. This coming year also marks the 25th anniversary of Peoria Notre Dame. Following are some of the events planned to celebrate this exciting achievement.

If you are a graduate, please be sure your alumni information is up to date so you do not miss out on the many activities we have planned. Contact Sharon Abraham, Alumni Coordinator and Events Planner, at s.abraham@pndhs.org or (309) 691-9531 to update your alumni profile. Sharon can also help you if you are interested in organizing a class reunion or have questions about events.

We invite all alumni artists to participate in the first annual alumni art show. Selected works will be displayed at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Reception on June 22 and then moved to the Spalding Pastoral Center Museum. Click here for additional information about the art show or contact Mrs. Maggie Off (m.off@pndhs.org). Deadline to submit work is April 1, 2013.

Yard signs celebrating the 150th Anniversary will be distributed through all area parishes in mid-March. Spirit wear with the 150th logo will be available at most events, as well as online and through the school.

Thank you for your support of our school throughout the years. Please join us for the many events of this very sesquicentennial celebration.

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In His Name celebrates those who built Catholic Secondary Education in Central Illinois over the past 150 years.  The fifty-minute video premieres this summer as part of our sesquicentennial observance.  Click the thumbnail to the left for a two-minute preview.

150th Anniversary Committee

Dr. Susie Cicciarelli (Co-Chair) s.cicciarelli@pndhs.org
Mr. Tim Irwin (Co-Chair) t.irwin@pndhs.org
Mrs. Sharon Abraham (Alumni Coordinator) s.abraham@pndhs.org

Msgr. Charles Beebe cjbeebe@frontier.com
Ms. Debbie Benz d.benz@pndhs.org
Dr. Peter Couri rin520@aol.com
Dr. Timothy Cundiff tgcundiff@gmail.com
Ms. Pat Kellogg pkellogg@cdop.org
Msgr. Mark Merdian monsignor.merdian@pndhs.org
Mrs. Maggie Off m.off@pndhs.org

Mr. Sharbel Rantisi srantisi@gmail.com
Brig Gen (Ret) Frank Rezac frankrezac@aol.com
Ms. Anne Marie Roten aroten43@yahoo.com
Mr. Charlie Roy c.roy@pndhs.org
Sr. Margaret Schulz m.schulz@pndhs.org
Ms. Elizabeth Smarjesse Lankton smar2911@yahoo.com




Time: 9:30 am
Location: Peoria Notre Dame Gymnasium/Spalding Pastoral Center
Coordinators: Sr. Margaret Schulz, Pat Kellogg, Msgr. Merdian, Charlie Roy, Susie Cicciarelli, Tim Irwin, Sharon Abraham

An all-school Mass for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and visitors will be held at Peoria Notre Dame High School at 9:30 AM. A luncheon will be held at the Spalding Center following Mass. To reserve a table or seat for the luncheon, please contact Sharon Abraham.


Time: 6:00 pm – midnight
Location: Peoria Notre Dame High School Commons/Gymnasium
Coordinators: Tim Cundiff, Sharbel Rantisi, Charlie Roy, Susie Cicciarelli, Tim Irwin

All of the graduates of Peoria Notre Dame High School are invited to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary. Catch up with old friends as you enjoy “Chicken Thursday” served from 6:00-8:00 pm, followed by a night of music and memories. Cost for the night is only $20 (before April 5) or $25 at the door and it includes the meal, 2 drinks, and door prizes. A cash bar will be available. Contact Sharon Abraham (s.abraham@pndhs.org) to RSVP, or visit the event page on Facebook.

FULTON SHEEN DAY, May 10, 2013

Time: 9:30 am
Location: Peoria Notre Dame High School
Coordinators: Msgr. Merdian, Sharon Abraham

The day will begin with an all-school Mass followed by a presentation of a special award to Msgr. Stanley Deptula. Father Deptula will speak to all the students, faculty and staff about the Venerable Fulton Sheen.


Time: All Day
Location: Peoria Notre Dame High School
Coordinators: Charlie Roy, Susie Cicciarelli, Tim Irwin, Sharon Abraham

Students will celebrate the day in many ways, including a BBQ lunch and activities and competitions in the afternoon.


Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Peoria Chiefs Stadium, Peoria

  • Joe Girardi Bobbleheads in his Spalding Uniform for the first 1,000 guests
  • Special guest “appearance” via the big screen by Joe Girardi

Save the Date!

Cheer on the Peoria Chiefs as they take on Kane County Cougars during an evening game at Peoria Chiefs Stadium concluding with an array of fireworks! Sections of seats have been reserved and tickets may be ordered online at www.peoriachiefs.com. (Click on tickets; buy tickets now; go to July 27, 2013 on calendar; click on Kane County Cougars; when special offer code appears type in CATH150; click submit; complete the information on the screen for number of tickets.) You may also contact Sharon Abraham at PND to purchase your ticket(s). Cost of one ticket is $8.00 and includes entrance to the game. Tickets cost $10.00 at the door. It will be a special night with recognition of the different schools and other surprises.

RSVP to Sharon Abraham at s.abraham@pndhs.org.


We are exploring the possibilities of bringing a special speaker to Peoria Notre Dame in August of 2013.

FOOTBALL GAME, August 30, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Peoria Stadium
Coordinator: Charlie Roy

Cheer on your alma mater as the PND Fighting Irish take on long standing rival Richwoods Knights. Be sure to wear your favorite spirit wear!

MASS & RECEPTION, August 31, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm
Location: St. Mary’s Cathedral/Spalding Pastoral Center
Coordinator: Msgr. Merdian, Msgr. Beebe, Sr. Margaret Schulz, Sharon Abraham

Honor our past and celebrate our future together as the 150th Anniversary Celebration comes to a conclusion. Unite in thanksgiving for the gift of Catholic Education during Holy Mass at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Peoria. A reception, catered by Coyote Creek, will be held immediately afterwards at the Sheen Center. The top art displays from the alumni art show as well as from current students will be available for viewing in the diocesan museum. The Fulton Sheen Museum will also be open. Please RSVP for Mass and reception to Sharon Abraham.


The Riverboat Cruise and Peoria Museum Reception scheduled for June 21st and 22nd have been cancelled.