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"Persuasive Politics 2016: Presidential Campaign Memorabilia"

combines centuries of presiential campaign memorabilia into an eclectic exhibition at the St. Louis University Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd., from Friday, Oct. 21 to Dec. 30. A George Washington coat button, an "I Like Ike" cigarette pack and a Votomatic voting machine (with butterfly ballots) used in the 2000 presidential election in Palm Beach, Fla., are among more than 700 campaign items ranging from the historical and stoic to the contemporary and whimsical. In conjuction with the exhibition, St. Louis University professors, including Christopher Duncan, Kenneth Warren, Elizabeth Richard and Matthew Carlson, will present lectures. "Persuasive Politics 2016" opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m Friday, Oct. 21. Reception parking is available at the Canisius lot at the intersection of Lindell Boulevard and Spring Avenue. The museum is free to tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.

Family Renewal presentation at Paulines

The Daughters of St. Paul will host Michael Quinlan, the executive director of the Center for Christian Family Renewal, on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Pauline Books & Media, 9804 Watson Rd. in Crestwood. Drawing on Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of Love," he will speak on "A Blueprint for Family Renewal and the New Evangelization." A marriage and family conciliator in St. Louis, Quinlan holds degrees in both philosophy and law. The free presentation begins at 7 p.m., followed by Q & A and refreshments. For questions, call (314) 965-3512.

"Crossing the Goal"

Former NFL player and coach Danny Abramowicz, host of EWTN's "Crossing the Goal," will speak to Catholic men of the archdiocese at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Joseph Church, 1355 Motherhead Road in Cottleville. Abramowicz's mission is to equip and empower Catholic men to stay spiritually fit in their faith through Spiritual Fitness Workouts. The talk is sponsored by the Fishers of Men group at St. Joseph.

Refresh with a retreat

It Ritiro Franciscan Retreat Center in Dittmer is hosting two retreats on Saturday, Oct. 29. "Mercy Toward Our Common Home" will reflect upon the need for mercy toward the Earth. The retreat will be led by Maurice Lange, director of Eco-Justice for the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Also on Oct. 29, "A Blazing Light of Heaven: Thomas Merton's Spirituality of Christian Identity" will explore Merton's epiphany of Christian identity and its implications for Christian life. Retreat leader is Dorothy LeBeau, an expert on Thomas Merton. Cost for each retreat is $34 per person, or $60 for two people. Lunch is included. For more information, visit www.il-ritiro.org or call (636) 274-0554.

White Mass

The Archdiocese of St. Louis invites health care professionals to the annual White Mass at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The Mass follows the feast day Oct. 16 of St. Luke, patron of physicians and surgeons, and takes its name from the white coat commonly worn in the medical field. The Mass honors medical professionals, thanking and blessing them, and celebrates health among us. After the White Mass, the St. Louis Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is sponsoring a reception in Boland Hall.

WINE for women

The Daughters of St. Paul will host a talk and book signing with author and national speaker Kelly Wahlquist at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Pauline Books and Media, 9804 Watson Road in Crestwood. The foundress of "WINE: Women in the New Evangelization," Wahlquist will address women's role in the new evangelization and sign her books, "Created to Relate" and "Walk in Her Sandals." A Q&A and refreshments will follow the talk. Admission is free. In addition, "Created to Relate" is the focus of the Pauline's weekly women's book club, which meets Wednesdays through Nov. 16. For more information, call (314) 965-3512.

Humanitarians

St. Margaret Mary Alocoque Parish in south St. Louis County will receive the Carol and John DeGuire Humanitarian Award at the annual Feed My People charity fashion show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Events Center at River City Casino and Hotel. The Fashion Into Action Fashion Show Luncheon features items from the charity's Thrifty Hanger Thrift Stores, creations from St. Louis-based designer Connor Jordan and a "Cinderella Moment" finale. Individual tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Visit www.feed-my-people.org or call (314)631-4900, ext. 312. Feed My People serves poor and hungry people through food pantries, low-cost thrift stores and more than 20 support programs. 

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