Archdiocesan news briefs

CSJ leadership

New leaders for the St. Louis Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) began their five-year term on July 1. The team members include Sisters Maureen Freeman, Mary Margaret Lazio, Marilyn Lott, Rita Marie Schmitz and Linda Straub. Sister Mary Margaret, a registered nurse, was the night supervisor at CSJ-sponsored Nazareth Living Center in Oakville since 2007. Sister Marilyn was the staff chaplain at St. Louis University Hospital for the past 10 years. Sister Rita Marie recently retired from CSJ-sponsored Fontbonne University after 44 years. And, since 2000, Sister Linda was the campus minister at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University. Sister Maureen, from Terre Haute, Ind., recently retired as director at the White Violet Center for Eco Justice. The new leaders were affirmed on June 28 at a ceremony at the motherhouse in south St. Louis. The province is comprised of more than 300 sisters and nearly 300 associates in 18 states as well as in international ministries in Uganda and Peru.


Ursuline Academy student Nora Brooks was named the co-winner of the Annual SLU Tank high school entrepreneurship competition for her business, NB3 Personalized Gifts. Similar to the television show, "Shark Tank," the judges included Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, as well as three other St. Louis business leaders. Sponsored by the St. Louis University John Cook School of Business, Nora received cash and other prizes as well as a scholarship to attend SLU's Allsup Entrepreneurship Summer Academy.

Restoring America

The Committee to Restore America will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at St. Joseph of Cottleville in the Father Pezold room. Attendees can sign the Sheriff Preservation petition asking voters to decide in November whether they want to re-instate the local county sheriff's authority to protect their Constitutional rights. The group calls for Christians to bring Christian and moral values back into society and government. For more information, call (314) 807-3362 or email

Irish music, benefit

Depaul USA-STL is hosting a tribute concert performance honoring the late Declan Duffy from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Maggie O'Brien's, 2000 Market Street in St. Louis. Cost is $10 cover charge or $25 with souvenir cup. The evening of Irish song and fellowship will honor the memory of Duffy, of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and a longtime supporter of Projects MORE and PLUS which provide permanent, supportive housing for the homeless. The two programs will benefit from proceeds of the event. The Irish Xiles, an authentic Irish rock group founded by Duffy and his three sons, will perform. For tickets or for information, call Rich LaPlume at (314) 539-1788.

Ignatian spirituality lecture

Jesuit Father John Padberg, director of the Institute of Jesuit Sources, will discuss "Five Questions for Ignatian Spirituality: World, Mind, Women, Society, Church" at the next Ignatian Spirituality Lecture Series program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. The free event, presented by White House Jesuit Retreat, will be held at the Si Commons building on the campus of St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Avenue in Midtown St. Louis. Father Padberg has served as professor of history and academic vice president of St. Louis University, staff member of the national Jesuit Conference and president of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Registration is required, visit or call (314) 416-6400. The lecture sponsor, White House Jesuit Retreat in south St. Louis County, offers three-day preached retreats for men and women based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Fr. Scheid Players

The Catholic Youth Apostolate's Fr. William Scheid Players will close their 34th season with the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 27. The play at Incarnate Word Academy, 2788 Normandy Avenue in Bel-Nor, features five priests, Father Terry Borgerding, Msgr. John Borcic, Msgr. John Brennell, Msgr. Norb Ernst and Father Bill Wigand, plus more than 60 talented youth and adult laypeople from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Advanced tickets are $12 for reserved seating, and tickets at the door are $14. Visit or contact Ann at (314) 846-1060 or

Ritter Prep chosen

The Supreme Court of Missouri's Committee on Civic Education has announced that Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School in St. Louis is among 12 schools chosen to compete in the annual Constitution Project, which will be held in the fall. Cardinal Ritter is the only Catholic school in the archdiocese chosen. The Constitution Project gives students a mock crime scene to investigate, report about and eventually try in a mock trial, all under the mentorship of local professionals in the fields of crime-scene investigation, journalism and trial advocacy. Individual award winners will receive $1,000 scholarships from sponsoring organizations. Co-sponsors of the project include the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Sheriff's Association, Missouri Police Chiefs Association, Missouri Press Association, Missouri Broadcasters Association and The Missouri Bar.

'The Eucharist'

A seminar led by Jesuit Father Mitch Pacwa, "The Eucharist," will be presented by The Body of Christ Outreach from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Immaculate Conception Parish, 7701 Highway N in Dardenne Prairie. Father Pacwa will cite Scripture and Church teaching in providing new ways of understanding the mystery of Eucharist. Registration fee of $30 includes lunch. For information contact Joe Wooldridge at (636)922-4761 or see


Father Michael Esswein, associate pastor of St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood, was included in a column last month in OSV Newsweekly profiling clergy who have inspired hearts, formed lives and brought the faithful closer to Christ. A profile in a letter written by Ken and Pam Kopp was chosen as one of 12 representative of submissions from across the country of inspiring priests.

Summer Story Hour

The Daughters of St. Paul are having a Summer Story Hour for children ages 3-7 every Tuesday in July from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Pauline Books and Media, 9804 Watson Road in Crestwood. The sisters will read a story, have a short time of prayer, an activity and snacks for the children. For information, call (314) 965-3512.

Provincial assembly

The Provincial Assembly of the Daughters of Charity of the Province of St. Louise-USA took place late last month in St. Louis. Sister Louise Gallahue, DC, visitatrix of the province, welcomed the 274 attending sisters June 22. Sisters from the province traveled from as far away as The Cook Islands and Montreal, Canada to attend the legislative assembly held once every six years. Presentations were given about the identity of Daughters of Charity as a society of apostolic life in the Church and about human trafficking. The Province of St. Louise Seminary, located at St. James the Greater Parish in south St. Louis, includes two sisters currently in formation as seminary sisters (novices). There are 487 Daughters of Charity in the province and nearly 17,000 Daughters worldwide.

The nominees are ...

The Missouri Catholic Conference is accepting nominees for its Citizen Recognition Award. The Catholic Conference is the public policy agency of the Catholic Church of Missouri and is involved in all levels of government as well as working with each diocese and local parishes. One individual from each diocese will be awarded the Citizen Recognition Award at the MCC Annual Assembly Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Missouri State Capitol. For an award nomination form, see or call (573) 635-7239. The deadline for submissions is July 25.

Wave the paper

The Old Newsboys organization is seeking parish groups willing to join in the effort to help agencies serving children in St. Louis. Groups of volunteers are needed to get up early in the morning on Thursday, Nov. 20, put on the customary apron and sell papers for donations on a street corner of their choice. All of the funds raised from the sale of this special edition newspaper go directly to the charities, including several Catholic organizations. For information, contact Donna Evert, Old Newsboys Coordinator, (314) 920-3066 or

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