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The Diocese of Peoria purchased 14 acres of land in Normal for a Catholic Church and School in 1964. Monsignor Sheedy of Holy Trinity, Bloomington, launched a building fund campaign for 1 million dollars for three new schools: Epiphany, St. Clare and Holy Trinity. Epiphany grade school opened with four Franciscan Sisters from Peoria and two lay teachers for first through sixth grades. Sister Mary Theresa was principal. Seventh grade was added the following year, and eighth grade the next.
Priests from Holy Trinity served Epiphany parish until Bishop John Franz designated Epiphany as a parish on June 8, 1966. Father John King was the first pastor and remained pastor for 29 years. In June, 1995, Bishop John Myers appointed Father Tom Maloney upon Father King's retirement. Following Msgr. Maloney's retirement in 2002, Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C. appointed pastor Msgr. Eric Powell the third pastor.
The original parish had 400 families. Today there are over 1,400 families that call the parish their spiritual home.
Epiphany School began with eight classrooms, a cafeteria, chapel, multi-purpose room and offices. A convent was built to accomodate eight nuns, and later a rectory was constructed a the east end of the fourteen acre complex. Now vacated, the convent serves school needs as the home for the music and art programs.
After eight months of construction, the first church on the site was dedicated in March, 1973. At the time, enrollment at Epiphany School was 268. Hot lunches were served for the first time. Uniforms were required of the girls. The CCD program had 660 students. A decade later, in 1982, a preschool and kindergarten were added.
Priests of the Diocese from Epiphany Parish: Father Tony Ego, Father Joe Hogan
In 1997 construction was undertaken for school expansion. A computer lab, library, multipurpose room, and four new classrooms were added to the existing facilities. Later, in 2000, a new gymnasium, the Lyceum, Junior High, and offices were added as a stand-alone facility behind the original school.
Epiphany School is a family-friendly school providing spiritual, intellectual and human formation for children three years old to fourteen -- from PK-8th grade.
The parish is looking forward to reentering the church in the spring of 2010. Parishioners and friends will benefit from the addition of an Early Learning Center given in honor of Kathryn Marie Albee, a parish hall, offices, and a new Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Under the title "Honoring the Past; Opening New Doors" the renovated facility continues the parish's development and service to its many families.