Archdiocesan news briefs

Marianists complete Provincial Council

The Marianist Province of the United States has chosen five additional members for its new Provincial Council, effective Aug. 1. The additional members are: Father Timothy Kenney, assistant for religious life; Brother Jesse O'Neill, assistant for education; Brother Joseph Markel, assistant for temporalities; Brother Charles Johnson, councilor; and Father Charles (Kip) Stander, councilor. Father Oscar Vasquez and Brother Bernard Ploeger were announced as provincial and assistant provincial, respectively, late last year; they will serve five-year terms, with a possible three-year extension. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Marianists sponsor Chaminade College Preparatory, St. John Vianney High School and St. Mary's High School, as well as Our Lady of the Pillar Parish and the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center. Provincial headquarters are in St. Louis.

fuNDraiser Week

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, the Notre Dame High School Student Council sponsored fuNDraiser Week, which raised funds for the Dignity Period, a St. Louis-based organization which helps send reusable sanitary supplies to girls in Ethiopia. Without access to sanitary pads, girls have to skip school and many never return. To raise funds, Notre Dame students sold shirts. They played music in the cafeteria, accepting donations to change the song or to keep it on. Another fundraiser involved students decorating cupcakes. A representative of Dignity Period was presented a check for $1,000 after Mass at the school on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14.

'Musial Moments'

The St. Louis Sports Commission offers a program fostering civility, respect and selflessness among young people in the St. Louis region. Inspired by Stan Musial, the organization is visiting schools in the metro area to introduce the concept of "Musial Moments" and to instill the qualities of sportsmanship on and off the field. Presentations are led by Solomon Alexander, the director of the sports commission's Sportsmanship Foundation. The 45-minute session is designed to be fun and interactive. Funding from sports commission supporters enables the program to be offered at no cost to participating groups. To bring Musial Moments to your school or organization, call (314) 345-5130 or email


Lenten reflections

The Sisters of Mercy are promoting a series of seven Lenten meditations based upon the Seven Last Words of Jesus, uttered during the Crucifixion. The Seven Last Words — also referred to as the seven final phrases — constitute an ancient devotion wherein Christians reflect upon Jesus' final words as they contemplate the Passion. A new reflection will be offered each Wednesday during Lent. An Easter message, published on Holy Saturday, March 31, will conclude the series. The reflections will be accompanied by original artwork created by Mercy Sister Genemarie Beegan. Each reflection will be available in English and Spanish. The Lenten reflections will be featured on: Connect With Mercy blog:; Facebook ( and Twitter @SistersofMercy. The Lenten series is connected to the continuing #MakeMercyReal social media campaign, first developed for the Jubilee Year of Mercy in 2016.

Spring into discernment

St. Louis-area religious sisters' spring vocation discernment retreat, "Journey of the Heart," will be Friday, March 2, through Sunday, March 4, at Adorers Spirituality Center in Ruma, Ill., about an hour from Downtown St. Louis. Open to single Catholic women ages 18-40, the retreat will include times for reflection, prayer and more. Arrival will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2. The Adorers of the Blood Of Christ, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be among the religious communities participating. The fee for the weekend is $25, with scholarships available, and transportation can be arranged from the Belleville MetroLink stop. Register at, For information, contact Sister Pam Falter at or (314) 703-4024, or visit

Renewal at La Salle

La Salle Retreat Center will be available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, for anyone to walk the grounds, visit the chapel or read in the sun room. 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. A free-will offering may be made. For information, call (636) 938-5374 or email 

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