After all of my students' hard work this year learning about Venerable Fulton Sheen, we of course had to take a field trip to see all of the places in the Peoria area significant to his life.
(Check out the scavenger hunt clues the kids collected on this trip in this post.)
We started in El Paso,at the location of the birthplace of Sheen, which was above a hardware store that burned down in his childhood.
St. Mary's Church, which is the parish of Sheen's baptism. The current church was actually built a few years after he was baptized, but it is the same parish and Sheen came back to visit and said Mass in the current church.
We then roadtripped it to Peoria, stopping at the Spalding Pastoral Center, which is connected to the original Spalding High School, where Sheen was a student. We were greeted outside by Bishop Jenky, who posed for a picture with the kids. :)
Sheen Museum, complete with the Sisters as tour guides and several other guests. The kids LOVED having the Sisters and a Monsignor and a few others as their captive audiences for them to talk about Sheen. They got questions answered, told their stories, showed off their projects, and poured over the Sheen artifacts in the museum.
Cathedral of St. Mary, where Sheen was an altar server and was ordained a priest.
(originally posted July 26, 2013 here)