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Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County has received the 2017 Silver National Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Located at 2 Nazareth Lane, Nazareth is the only senior retirement community in St. Louis to receive this award and is among only four in the state of Missouri and 191 in the United States to be honored at the silver level this year. The national award recognizes providers that demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the quality of care for residents and patients in long-term and post-acute care centers and communities. Nazareth has earned a Five-Star Medicare rating for seven years in a row and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top nursing homes in the nation. The Catholic, nonprofit senior community offers independent senior living apartments, long-term skilled nursing care, assisted living, memory care and rehabilitation services. It recently completed a multi-million dollar construction and renovation project to enhance services and expand assisted living/memory care and skilled nursing facilities as well as independent living apartments.

New SLUH president

Tom Santel, chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Louis University High School, has announced the board's unanimous approval to appoint Alan R. Carruthers as president of SLUH. This concluded a national search for the successor of David J. Laughlin, who announced in January he will complete his 13-year term as president on June 30, 2018, to become president at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. Carruthers has 22 years of Jesuit secondary education experience, first as a social studies teacher, head lacrosse coach and assistant football coach at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. (1995-2000), then as vice principal and teacher at St. Paul's Jesuit High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2000-12) and most recently as principal at Regis Jesuit High School–Boys Division in Aurora, Colo. (2012-present).

UPCOMING EVENTS

Art exhibit explores peace and protest

Fontbonne University is hosting "The Art of Protest and Peace," an exhibit featuring plywood panels, painted by St. Louis artists, that were used to cover windows of business broken in protests following the not-guilty verdict of a former St. Louis policy officer in September. The exhibit runs through Friday, Nov. 17, at Fontbonne's Fine Arts Gallery, which is open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A panel discussion of business owners and artists will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at Fontbonne's Dunham Student Activity Center, with a silent auction Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6325 Delmar Blvd.

Adoption Mass

The annual Adoption Mass will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso will celebrate the Mass, which is organized by Catholic Charities' Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate and archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning. The Mass is a celebration of all whose lives have been affected by adoption, whether directly or indirectly. A special invitation is extended to parents who have made an adoption plan for their child and families who have adopted or who are in the process of adoption. For more information, call the Respect Life Apostolate at (314) 792-7555.

John O'Leary to speak

Author and speaker John O'Leary will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. O'Leary will share the story of surviving severe burns from a home explosion during his childhood. The parish is located at 1115 S. Florissant Road in Ferguson. Call (314) 522-9264 to RSVP.

Holiday renewal at La Salle Retreat Center

Before the holiday season is truly upon us, La Salle Retreat Center will be available 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20 for anyone to walk the grounds, visit the chapel or read in the sun room to find peace of mind and reflect on the true blessings of life. Coffee and home baked snacks will be available all day. La Salle Retreat Center is at 2101 Rue De LaSalle Drive in Glencoe, on Highway 109 north of Eureka. For registration, visit www.LasalleRetreat.org

Make plans for March for Life

The Missouri Chooses Life Pilgrimage is seeking participants to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January 2018. Pilgrims will depart St. Louis by bus Jan. 17, and return Jan. 21. The pilgrimage will bring an awareness of the unborn, reflecting on Jesus' development as an unborn child through his adulthood. Stops include the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the March for Life and the Silent No More witness, and the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmetsburg, Md. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 21. For cost information, call Marisol Pfaff at (314) 277-5057.

Christmas concert with the Paulines

The Daughters of St. Paul will perform their annual Christmas concert, "Love Among Us," at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and Thursday, Dec. 7, at Chaminade College Preparatory School, 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Creve Coeur. The sisters will offer unique renditions of Christmas favorites as well as contemporary inspirational songs in their annual family concert celebrating Christ's birth. Tickets are $15 per person. For information, visit www.pauline.org/STLconcert or call (314) 965-6935. 

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