Archdiocesan news briefs

In memoriam

Longtime pro-life advocate Ann O'Brien died on Feb. 7. O'Brien for years was active in the pro-life movement and participated in peaceful sit-ins in front of abortion clinics in the 1970s and '80s. A memorial Mass was celebrated Feb. 15 at Holy Infant Church in Ballwin. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Upcoming events

SLU bicentennial lecture

The St. Louis University Bicentennial Lecture Series, "The Jesuit Influence in American Spirituality, Education and Society," will open the 2018 bicentennial year with a presentation by Father Mark Thibodeaux, SJ, "Discerning Our Role in Creating a Society of Justice and Love" from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, 3626 Lindell Boulevard at Grand Avenue. To learn more about the series and other topics, visit alumni.slu.edu/jesuitinfluence.

1818 exhibit

The archdiocesan Office of Archives and Records will hold the grand opening of "1818: A Year of Beginnings," an exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first Catholic schools in St. Louis and the arrivals of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and Bishop Louis W. V. DuBourg. The event will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at the exhibit in the Rosati Museum on the first floor of the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. The exhibit also is open at other times. Call (314) 792-7005 before arriving to ensure it is available to the public.

#ThisIsMyFerguson "art-storming"

Good Shepherd Arts Center in Ferguson will host "Art-Storming" — brainstorming, but with art — at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2, to kick off the #ThisIsMyFerguson project, an art exhibit about Ferguson, by Fergusonians and their friends. The #ThisIsMyFerguson art show will be in August at multiple venues in and around Ferguson, and is a collaboration of the arts center, the Northern Arts Council, Ferguson Municipal Public Library, the "I Love Ferguson" Fund and several local churches. At "art-storming," prospective artists will explore doodling, coloring or painting just to get the ball rolling for #ThisIsMyFerguson. Also in March, Good Shepherd will host "Iconic Women: Art about Women by Women," which celebrates Women's History Month; the show runs Saturday, March 3, to Friday, March 30. The opening reception will be 4-6 p.m. March 3.

Faith in action

A new television series, "Our Faith in Action: Today's Society of St. Vincent de Paul," premieres Sunday, March 4, on EWTN (the Eternal Word Television Network). Beginning March 10, the 10-episode series will air 5:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays and 5 p.m. Saturdays. The series will follow St. Vincent de Paul members on their spiritual growth journey through service to people and families in need. Vincentians volunteer across the country to help people in poverty and share their stories of Christ's love along the way. The St. Louis Council is featured in episode one, including a home visit by members of the council at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Dave Barringer and Gary Stevens of the National Council based in Maryland Heights are executive producer and co-producer, respectively.

Health care reform discussion

Father Charles Bouchard, OP, will speak on "The Catholic View on Health Care Reform: Justice, Public Health and the Common Good," from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Il Monastero Banquet Center, 3050 Olive St. on the campus of St. Louis University. The talk is part of Dialogues — An Aquinas Speakers Series (formerly Aquinas Roundtable). Cost is $25 and includes lunch. To register, visit www.ai.edu/Outreach/Awards-and-Lectures/Dialogues. For more information, contact Diane Henderson at (314) 256-8856 or henderson@ai.edu.

St. Louis Fed student board

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is seeking high school seniors to serve on its student board for the 2018-19 school year. Participants gain an understanding of the Federal Reserve's role in the U.S. economy and its partnership with banks, businesses and the community. Students from Catholic schools have participated in the past. Applications are being sought through March 9. To learn more, visit www.stlouisfed.org/ student-board-of-directors.

Benedictine author at Paulines

The Daughters of St. Paul will host Father Augustine Wetta, OSB, author of "Humility Rules," for a talk and book signing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Pauline Books & Media, 9804 Watson Road in Crestwood. In "Humility Rules: Saint Benedict's 12-Step Guide to Genuine Self-Esteem," Father Augustine, a high school teacher and coach, breaks down St. Benedict's method into 12 pithy steps for finding inner pace. The talk will precede a question-and-answer session and book signings. Admission is free. For information, call (314) 965-3512. 

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