Archdiocesan news briefs

ACA video awarded

The 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal video, "Build My Church," produced by Lisa Johnston and Elizabeth Westhoff of the archdiocesan Office of Communications and Planning, has won a 2014 Hermes Creative Awards Gold Award. Additionally, the 2013 ACA video, "Open Wide the Door of Faith" has been awarded an Honorable Mention. Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. The awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Award winners range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. The awards competition had more than 5,500 entries in 195 categories.

Christian service

Valle Catholic High School students and faculty joined in the Christian mission of serving others throughout Ste. Genevieve County on April 25. During the Annual Community Service Day, students served at 22 sites throughout the area. Included was the play area at St. Agnes School, the bleachers at the county fairgrounds, the Ste. Genevieve County Courthouse and Mississippi Lime Park. Valle Catholic seniors spent the service day making blankets to donate to children in hospitals. The service day concluded with lunch and a prayer service.

Purity, integrity

Sister Mary Barbara, OP, will speak on purity and integrity Saturday, May 17, at St. Agnes Home, 10341 Manchester in Kirkwood. Sister Mary Barbara, who is stationed at St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville, belongs to the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville. The presentation, which begins at 2 p.m., is open to teens and their parents, and is free of charge. Refreshments will be available after the presentation. The Apostolate For Family Consecration sponsors the event. Register at (636) 931-3503 or

Documentary showing

The archdiocesan Mission Office will show the new 30-minute documentary on the Pan y Amor program at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the Fleur de Lis room at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. The archdiocesan mission program supports needy children throughout the world. The documentary by Chuck Neff and The Salt River Production Group includes "The Forgotten," a theme song by Javier Mendoza, who traveled to Bolivia with the documentary crew.

Respecting life

More than 100 finalists and their parents attended the Respect Life Apostolate's 2014 eighth-grade Creative Writing Contest on April 29 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. In all, 1,122 students submitted essays. The students were asked to "explain why living the virtue of chastity protects us from abortion and blesses us with true holiness, health and happiness." Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the Respect Life Apostolate awarded an additional scholarship this year. Five honorable-mention candidates also received prizes. The $1,000 scholarships will go toward the students' tuition at a Catholic high school within the archdiocese. Recipients are: Bishop Edward O'Donnell Scholarship, Daniel Reardon from St. Clement of Rome; Mary Forrestal Hennessey Scholarship, Dakota Nelsen from St. Gianna Home School Co-op; Mr. and Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarship, Larissa O'Shea from St. Monica and Keith Beckmann from St. Cletus; Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship, Hector Rivera from Christ Light of the Nations; and Honorable Mention, Elise Olwig from St. Gabriel; Daniel Newman from St. Charles Borromeo; Sydney England from St. Paul in Fenton; Addison Estes from John Paul II Prep; and Isabelle Honigfort from John Paul II Prep.

Jubilee challenge

An anonymous donor has challenged supporters of Fr. Bob's Outreach, the ministry led by Msgr. Robert ("Father Bob") Gettinger at St. Augustine Parish in north St. Louis, with a matching gift of $50,000 if that same amount is raised by Sunday, May 18. On that date, Msgr. Gettinger will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination at a Mass at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 1317 Hamilton Ave. Masses also will be celebrated that day at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Contributions can be sent to Fr. Bob's Outreach, c/o St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1371 Hamilton Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63112-3751.

History Day competition

Students at Holy Infant School in Ballwin and St. Raphael the Archangel School in south St. Louis recently placed in the National History Day state competition. Holy Infant students Sophie Lodes, Sofia BeLisle and Katie Miromonti took second place in the junior (6-8) group performance; Anna Powell won in the junior (6-8) individual web site; and Madelyn Hernandez placed third in the junior (6-8) individual exhibit. St. Raphael students Mary Goeddel, Noelle Hogrebe, Hannah Horas and Clare Neal were third in the junior (6-8) group performance; Ray Goedeker and Will Perryman finished second for the junior (6-8) group exhibit; and Lilly Mitchell was first in the junior (6-8) individual documentary. First-and second-place winners will head to the national competition in June on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Father Swift to lead Dallas seminary

Vincentian Father James Swift has been appointed rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas, Texas. The seminary serves 13 dioceses, including many of the Texas dioceses. Its students attend the University of Dallas. Father Swift, a longtime teacher and spiritual formator at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, was the chair and coordinator for the Mass celebrated by St. John Paul II at the then-TWA Dome in January 1999. His new assignment takes effect June 1.

Ursuline Sisters name new leadership team

The new leadership team for the Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province recently was installed at the Alton Convent Chapel in Alton, Ill. Members of the new team are Sister Rita Ann Bregenhorn of Bloomington, Ill., provincial; Sister Ann Barrett of St. Louis, councilor; Sister Mary Ann Dooling of St. Louis, councilor; Sister Julie Hickey of San Antonio, Texas, councilor; and Sister Jean Hopman of Chicago, Ill., councilor. The new team, which will be located at the provincial offices in St. Louis, will serve a three-year term. The Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province have ministries in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota but also serve in many other places.

Men's ministry

The Zechariah Men's Ministry will host a prayer breakfast for Catholic men of the archdiocese from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 7, in the Fleur de Lis Room at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr. in Shrewsbury. Deacon Dennis Chitwood will speak on his experience of the transforming love of Christ. Cost is $15. Reservations are requested by May 30 by calling the Catholic Renewal Center at (314) 427-7786, or by e-mail at, or by registering online at Registration and payment can be mailed to Zechariah/Catholic Renewal Center. 10909 St. Henry Lane, St. Ann Mo. 63074.

Melchizedek Open

The 2014 Melchizedek Open for Priests will take place June 10-12 at Terre-du-Lac Country Club in Bonne Terre, with an optional practice round on Monday, June 9, after noon. Green fees and cart are $25 per player/round payable at the pro shop. Registration fee is $60 and includes dinner on Wednesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. and lunch on Thursday, June 12. Golf begins at noon each day, except for Thursday, June 12, with an 8 a.m. start. For more information, call (314) 733-1463, ext. 15 or see Deadline for registration is June 1.

Making a SPLASH

Ursuline Academy's Student Council recently contributed $10,000 to support scholarships for students coming from Marian Middle School. The funds were raised in January during SPLASH Week (Students Proudly Lend A Serving Hand) through themed out-of-uniform days, special lunch items and student-designed clothing sales. In addition to generating these funds, students collected more than 2,100 items for area food pantries.

Catholic school teachers honored

Eryn Krobath of Holy Cross Academy and Katie Lorentz of St. Dominic Savio School recently were honored at the Affton Chamber of Commerce's 11th annual Exceptional Educators Recognition dinner. The dinner honored 10 teachers from K-12 schools in the 63123 zip code.

Dental care

Approximately 1,616 adults and children received more than $915,994 worth of free dental care May 2 and 3 thanks to Missouri Dental Association and its foundation's Missouri Mission of Mercy charity dental clinic in St. Louis. More than 1,000 volunteers, including dental health professionals and community volunteers, provided care to individuals in the area who otherwise might not be able to obtain the care. Organizers said the long lines of people waiting for dental care, some of whom started lining up around 5 p.m. the day before the event, highlight a significant problem: too many people can't obtain the dental care they need in Missouri. Benchmark sponsors for the event were Delta Dental of Missouri and Missouri Foundation for Health. Other top-level sponsors included Greater St. Louis Dental Society, DentaQuest, Advanced Biohazard Cleanup, LLC, Dental Specialties of St. Louis University, Assurant Employee Benefits and Emerson.

New Fontbonne v.p.

Fontbonne University has named Joseph W. Deighton vice president for student affairs, effective July 1. Deighton will oversee athletics, campus ministry, leadership education and student activities, service, diversity and social justice, student services and residential life. He will replace Randi Wilson, vice president since 1992, who is retiring. "Following a national search, we felt Joe was the clear choice for this position due to his extensive experience and leadership in academic settings," said J. Michael Pressimone, Fontbonne's incoming president. Since 2006, Deighton has served as the vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. Before his role at Spring Hill, Deighton served as vice president and dean for student affairs at Avila University, a sister institution to Fontbonne, in Kansas City, Mo.

Riders welcome

A bike ride for women to promote their mental, physical and mental health will be held Sunday, June 1, at the Bike Surgeon, 3348 Green Mount Crossing in Shiloh, Ill. The "I was Not Built to Brake" ride is sponsored by the Karla Smith Foundation. Riders of all skill levels and ages are welcome to take part. A $20 registration fee includes a shirt and after-party with food and beverages. Friends and family of riders are welcome to attend the party. The Karla Smith Foundation offers support groups, peer-to-peer coaching, education materials and other services to family members and friends of those affected by mental illness and suicide. Contact Emily at (618) 234-7312 or for more information.Visit to register.

Humanae Vitae Mass

Archbishop Robert Carlson will celebrate the 46th annual Humanae Vitae Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in the Central West End. A catered dinner by Pasta House will follow in Boland Hall. The event is sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning. For more information, including tickets for the dinner, call (314) 997-7576.

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