Archdiocesan News Briefs

About Henri Nouwen

Friends of L'Arche St. Louis will present "Becoming the Beloved with Henri Nouwen as Guide," with Sister Sue Mosteller, CSJ, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Evangelical United Church of Christ, 204 E. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves. She has worked with people with disabilities for 35 years and succeeded Jean Vanier as international coordinator of L'Arche, an organization dedicated to making known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities through mutually transforming relationships. There are 138 L'Arche communities worldwide, the newest of which is in Maplewood. The event is free, and no reservations are required. For information call (314) 781-4274.

Mighty fit students

Ste. Genevieve du Bois School in Warson Woods and Sacred Heart School in Valley Park are among three Missouri schools named 2010-2011 President's Challenge Physical Fitness State Champions. Both schools are repeat winners of the honor. To win, schools must have students score at or above the 85th percentile in five categories: curl ups, shuttle run, endurance walk/run, pull ups or flexed arm hang and sit-and-reach. Sister Barbara Brunsmann, SSND, is the physical education teacher at Ste. Genevieve du Bois; Suzy Schriever is the physical education teacher at Sacred Heart.

Baroque concert

Collegium Vocale of St. Louis will present "Music at the Court of Emperor Joseph I, 1705-1711," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at St. Louis Abbey Church 500 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The concert will feature music of Joseph and his court composers, as well as the U.S. premier of a cantata by Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, newly edited for this performance. The Collegium Vocale of St. Louis specializes in the performance of music of the Baroque period accompanied by historic instrumentalists. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

About Islam

William Federer and Father Michael Witt will speak on "What Every American Needs to Know About Islam" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish, 4112 McClay Road in St. Charles. The event, free of charge, is presented by the Body of Christ Outreach in conjunction with the parish. For information, visit

Victorious Missionaries

The Victorious Missionaries, a spiritual support group for people with disabilities, will hold its national conference at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16. The keynote speaker is Brother Pat McGee, OMI, director of King's House Retreat and Renewal Center, who will speak on "Just as I am: Making Peace with a Spirituality of Imperfection." The Victorious Missionaries was founded in 1964 as a ministry of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. For more information or registration, call (314) 241-3400, ext. 6281, or go online to

Hauerwas to give talk

The Fontbonne University 2011 Carondelet Lecture Series will feature Stanley Hauerwas, a professor of theological ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in Doerr Memorial Chapel in Ryan Hall on Fontbonne's main campus in Clayton. Hauerwas will discuss "Disability: An Attempt to Think With." The topic coincides with the university's fall 2011 dedicated semester topic, "The Disability Experience: Quest for Empowerment." The lecture is co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province. To attend contact or call (314) 889-1401.

Pro-life Speaker Series

Nancy Valko will present, "Special Needs, Special Gifts," as part of the St. Peter First Tuesday Pro-Life Speaker Series, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at St. Peter Parish, 215 N. Clay in Kirkwood. Valko, the mother of a child with Down syndrome who died at five months old, will share how children with special needs can change our lives for the better. The talk will be in the Deutschmann Room in Ursuline Hall.

Wedding Music Preview

The annual fall wedding music preview recital will be at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at St. Peter Church, 324 S. Third St. in St. Charles. The event is free. Anyone interested in hearing examples of wedding music is welcome. For information contact Marty Charleville, parish music director, at (636) 946-6641, ext. 132, or

Pizza and Prayer

Dominican Father Jose Santiago, faculty member at Aquinas Institute and a native of Puerto Rico, will present a talk on the importance of prayer Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1115 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson. Cost is $5, which includes pizza, salad, dessert and drink. RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 1, by calling (314) 522-9264.

Steps to Wholeness

The Jefferson County Separated, Divorced and Widowed Catholic support group will offer Steps to Wholeness for Separated and Divorced at 7 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 4 through Dec. 16, at Immaculate Conception Parish Center, Room D, 2300 Church Road in Arnold. The six-week program for coping with the loss of a love relationship and the reality of being divorced promotes growth through the healing process. Cost $15. Contact Carol at (636) 282-3014 to register.

Marriage enrichment

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is offering an evening of enrichment for all couples and priests who have participated in a Marriage Encounter weekend over the last 40 years. It will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, starting with a 4:30 p.m. Mass, followed by a potluck dinner and a presentation. The event is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted. RSVP by Saturday, Oct. 29, to Sam and Liz Cohen at (636) 256-9055 or email

Race for Home

Peter and Paul Commmunity Services, which provides housing and services to homeless individuals, is sponsoring its annual "Race for Home" 5K and 10K run/1 mile walk on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the St. Louis Riverfront Trail, 21 O'Fallon St. in St. Louis. The run will begin at 9 a.m., and the walk at 9:30 a.m. To register, call (314) 588-7111, ext. 203, or visit

Rights of workers

The St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish Social Justice Council will present a program at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the parish, 3500 St. Catherine St. in Florissant on the Catholic perspective on labor unions and the rights of workers. Earlier this month with the council's guidance parishioners worked on the Solomon Project in the Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish in North St. Louis rehabbing homes to help provide affordable housing. For information on the Nov. 13 program, call (314) 838-6987 or email

Senior housing fair/art show

The SAJE Senior Ministry is hosting a free senior living options fair and fine arts show on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Sunset Hills Community Center, 3939 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills. The housing fair, from 9 a.m.-noon, will include representatives from local senior housing resources, who will provide information on long-term care, independent living facilities, home healthcare services, medical equipment and more. The art fair, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. will include artwork for sale from local artists. Door prizes will be awarded. Call Greg Payne at (314)664-9700 or email

Medical Mission Sisters

Medical Mission Sister Suzanne Maschek was recently elected to her community's three-member North American Leadership Team, serving as a liaison with the community's international governing board. The native St. Louisan, a member of the Medical Mission Sisters since 1963, will begin her term in January 2012 and end in December 2014.

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