"For just as the body is one yet has many parts, and all the parts of the body,
though many, are one body, so also is Christ." 1 Corinthians 12:12
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What We Do
History of FIRE Foundation
Central Illinois FIRE Affiliate
The Central Illinois FIRE affiliate was founded by Jay and Renée Percell. In 2018, Jay drove to Chicago to attend an Inclusion Summitt at the NCEA conference. There he met Lynn Hire, Director of the FIRE Foundation, and the idea to establish an affiliate in the Peoria Diocese was born. Jay and Renée are motivated in these efforts with the hope that their daughter, Adele, and other students with special needs throughout the diocese, might one day have the chance to attend school in their local parish school, just like Adele's two older brothers do.
FIRE Foundation of Central Illinois officially incorporated in 2019, and our efforts to promote inclusion began in earnest. Currently, we have three diocesan schools: Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bloomington, IL, and St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria, IL, and St. Thomas More High School in Champaign, IL. FIRE Foundation of Central Illinois is working to establish a network of resources between multiple schools in the diocese. Embracing and implementing inclusive education is an exciting movement in Catholic education and we hope you will join with us in this endeavor. This is a unique opportunity for all of the schools in the Peoria Diocese to live out the mission we are called to through our Catholic Faith.