Archdiocesan news briefs

Cor Jesu Academy building

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson dedicated the new facilities at Cor Jesu Academy Aug. 6. The $8.9 million performance gymnasium, student commons and classrooms will open in time for the 2017-18 school year and enable new course offerings and state-of-the-art learning programs, while also growing Cur Jesu's sports programs. The 40,000-square-foot, three-level addition is the second part of the Catholic, private, all-girl high school's long-range campus enhancement plan. The project was funded by a $9.96 million capital campaign launched in 2014 to provide a range of new facilities, including site improvements, increased on-campus parking and increased financial aid for qualifying students. The new student commons was built in open space between the new addition and the existing school building and provides an overlook into the new gymnasium. This designated community area will allow students to gather, meet with faculty and collaborate on their studies.

Pilgrimage to Ireland

The archdiocese's Office of Laity and Family Life is leading a pilgrimage to Dublin for the 2018 World Meeting of Families Aug. 16-27, 2018. Leading the pilgrimage will be Father Brian Fallon, assistant vocation director for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and administrator of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Crestwood. Included in the trip is roundtrip airfare, coach transportation, 10 nights' accommodations, meals, daily Mass, sightseeing and more. For information or to register, visit www.stlouisreview.com/j2n or contact Melissa Keating at (314) 792-7173 or melissakeating@archstl.org.

Rosati-Kain leadership

Sister Joan Andert, SSND, announced that she will become president emeritus of Rosati-Kain High School for the 2017-18 school year. The Catholic Education Office of the archdiocese announced Elizabeth Ann Goodwin, former principal, as the new president of Rosati-Kain, effective July 31. Tery McNamee, former assistant principal, is now the principal. Sister Joan will support the new administration "to move the school forward in a seamless and positive manner," Kurt Nelson, superintendent of Catholic education, and Robert Oliveri, associate superintendent for secondary school administration, wrote in a letter about the transition. Goodwin has undergraduate degrees in nursing and religious studies and master's degrees in theology and business administration and a doctorate in educational administration. She had a career in nursing and served in the military before starting her career in academics.

Flood-relief donation

Catholic Charities of St. Louis recently thanked Mike Balek, owner of Mr. B's Pool Centers, Inc., who donated $4,000 earlier this summer to Catholic Charities to help people impacted by flooding along the Meramec River in May. As of last month, Catholic Charities was providing long-term case management to 238 households affected from the May flood as well as 100 cases from the December 2015 and January 2016 flooding along the Meramec River. "Business owners like Mike Balek and his family at Mr. B's Pool Centers, Inc. are what is right about St. Louis. They treat those in need with the compassion and care as if they were their neighbor," said Brian Thouvenot, chief development officer of Catholic Charities. "I am continually humbled and inspired by the generosity of those in our community and you can tell Mike is a business owner guided by his strong faith."

UPCOMING EVENTS

Incarceration forum

"Incarceration Forum: Finding Solutions" is the title of a program on the high incarceration rates in the United States, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive St. in Midtown St. Louis. Topics will include the school to prison pipeline; sentencing issues involving race and poverty; health and mental health; and employment post-release. Sponsors include the Peace and Justice Commission of the archdiocese, the Criminal Justice Ministry, St. Louis University and Just Leadership USA. Those planning to attend is asked to email aaronl@cjmstlouis.org or call (314) 881-6013. 

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