Archdiocesan News Briefs | June 15, 2012
Nancy J. Werner, chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, is one of 65 local leaders chosen for the 2012-13 Leadership St. Louis class of FOCUS St. Louis. Werner, a member of Our Lady of Providence Parish in Crestwood, has been archdiocesan chancellor since 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree in religion and philosophy and a master's in pastoral administration. FOCUS St. Louis is a locally based nonprofit organization working to help the region through community leadership and positive community change. It has nearly 1,400 members and more than 4,000 graduates of its leadership programs, including more than 1,950 alumni of Leadership St. Louis, now in its 37th year. "The compelling reason for my interest in Leadership St. Louis is my strong desire to continue to immerse myself into the St Louis region," said Werner, "continuing to learn and experience all that makes this a great place to live. It is also a wonderful opportunity to give back and to connect the Catholic community with the civic/business community in partnership."
Franciscan first profession
Sister Amy Diesen, formerly of Germantown, Ill., will profess first vows as a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, at Mercy Center Chapel, 2039 North Geyer Road in St. Louis County. Sister Amy is the daughter of Ervin and Betty Diesen of Germantown and was a parishioner of St. Boniface Parish in Germantown. She graduated in 1992 from Central Community High School in Breese, Ill. and earned a bachelor's degree in recreation from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., in 2005. She is currently pursuing a master of arts in pastoral studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology. Founded in St. Louis in 1901, the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help minister in 22 dioceses and 14 states in education, health care, pastoral ministry, parish work and social work. Since 2007, the sisters have promoted care of earth through their community-wide Franciscans for Earth focus.
The Missouri Catholic Conference is asking everyone to contact Gov. Jay Nixon and urge him to sign SB 749, the religious liberty bill that, if signed into Missouri law, would authorize the state attorney general to bring suit challenging the constitutionality of the federal HHS mandate. The bill also creates new rights for insurance consumers, such as the right to refuse to pay for abortions or abortion drugs in their health plans. The MCC cautions that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and others have already come out against the bill, and "it's time to wake up and recognize that unless he hears from people like you, the governor may decide to veto the bill." Call Gov. Nixon at (573) 751-3222 or go online to governor.mo.gov/contact/.
'Children of Eden'
The Youth Sing Praise performance of the musical "Children of Eden" will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in the outdoor amphitheater at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill. Admission is free. The story is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. For information see youths ingpraise.com or call (314) 669-4977.
Shoes stack up
Students, faculty and staff at St. Louis University and Washington University recently collected 10,219 pounds of shoes to help Shoeman Water Projects fund wells and water purification projects in Africa and Haiti. What started as separate projects at the universities became a fierce and friendly competition with a record-breaking outcome. Until this competition, it is believed that the most shoes collected in the St. Louis area was 2,775 pounds by St. Louis University High School. The shoes collected are sold to distributors who then take them to developing countries to help people obtain affordable shoes. Money from the shoes is used by George Hutchings ("George the Shoeman") at Shoeman Water Projects. Shoe resale builds the local developing economy with retail businesses and affordable shoes for pennies on the dollar or barter. Affordable shoes are a life-saving tool that protect the new owner's feet and overall health from foot abrasions, parasites and mites.
Program on dementia
Behavior and Communication, a free program for people caring for someone suffering from dementia, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Corporate Parkway Branch Library, 1200 Corporate Parkway in Wentzville. The program is presented by the Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter. It seeks to educate caregivers on triggers of certain behaviors such as resistance to care, anxiety, wandering and aggression. Preregistration is required. Register online at alz.org/stl, or call (800) 272-3900.
The Collegiate All-Stars Basketball Clinic will meet Monday and Tuesday, July 9-10, at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, 500 Woods Mill Road Manchester. The clinic will emphasize the fundamentals of shooting and ball handling. Directing the clinic will be David Devaney, former head college and high school basketball coach who now is a teacher and coach in the Kansas City area. Helping with the clinic will be current players from the University of Missouri's basketball team. The two-day clinic is co-ed and costs $80 per player which includes a T-shirt, a basketball and an autograph/picture session with the coaches and players. Players in grades 3-6 will meet from 10 a.m.-noon. Players in grades 7-12 will meet from 2-4 p.m.. For information call David Devaney at (816) 786-2319 or e-mail him at koachdev email@example.com. To register see stlouisreview.com/1hz.
Mental illness support
A support group for anyone with a loved one who has a mental illness, sponsored by the Karla Smith Foundation, has moved. The group now meets at the Clayton Behavioral Center at 9890 Clayton Rd., on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For information call Deacon Jim or Linda Murphey at (314) 481-0008.
St. Joseph Parish in Manchester will host a program on the parish's Holy Land pilgrimage at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Sunday, June 17, in the church basement meeting room, 567 St. Joseph Lane. The pilgrimage will be from Oct. 16-25 and will be led by Father Binu Edathumparambil, MSFS, who is associate pastor at St. Joseph. For more information, call Kathy Steward at (314) 968-4410 or email Irishstew27@yahoo.com.
Breast cancer healing Mass
A Mass for breast cancer awareness and healing will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2618 Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood. Survivors, friends, and family members of anyone who has been affected are welcome. Father Jack Siefert will preside. A reception will be held afterward. For more information, call the Respect Life Apostolate at (314) 792-7555.
Humanae Vitae Mass
The annual Humanae Vitae Mass and dinner will take place on Saturday, June 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the Mass. It will be followed by a catered pasta dinner in nearby Boland Hall. Entertainment will be provided by the Connection Disney Show. Cost for the dinner is $11 for adults and $6 for children ages 3-11. There is a maximum family charge of $50. Reservations for the dinner are required by Friday, June 22. For more information, call the archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning at (314) 997-7576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Kreeft to speak
Catholic philosopher, writer and apologist Peter Kreeft will speak on "Freedom: The Future of Religion in Society," as part of the archdiocese's Brown Bag Catholicism series on Tuesday, June 19, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. Attendees should bring their own lunch. For more information, call Elizabeth Westhoff at (314) 792-7635.
Catholic Employment Network
The Catholic Employment Network is presenting a free workshop, "Networking Skills for Your Job Search," featuring speaker Frank Danzo, on Monday, June 18, from 7-9 p.m. at St. Alban Roe Parish, 2001 Shepard Road in Wildwood. Danzo will teach participants how to use networking to uncover a hidden job market. For information, email Dean Mandis at Mandis_Dean@yahoo.com or visit catholicemployment network.org.
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