Archdiocesan news briefs

Gun violence

The Catholic bishops of Missouri issued a statement April 3 addressing "senseless gun violence that is occurring in our schools, on our streets and in our inner cities." The bishops state that it is appropriate to consider the use of guns in society as well as why people are carrying out senseless acts of violence. They call for restorative justice policies and practices, improving access to and increased resources for mental health care and earlier interventions and discussions about the presence of violence in entertainment. Acknowledging a right to self-defense, the bishops support "reasonable and sensible gun regulation," including a bill to eliminate the need for Missourians who are carrying a concealed weapon to obtain permission from their pastor before bringing it to church. The bishops support universal background checks for gun purchases, reasonable limitations on civilian access to high-capacity ammunition magazines and a ban on "bump stocks" that transform semi-automatic weapons "into weapons of war." They also ask for Catholics and others to discuss these matters in their local communities and contact their representatives to address the issues through policy and legislative measures that "uphold the safety and well-being of all persons in our communities." The full statement is available at

Mercy Hospital South

Starting Oct. 1, St. Anthony's Medical Center will have a new name: Mercy Hospital South. St. Anthony's Board of Directors approved the name change last month. The hospital's new name follows Mercy's identity standards, introduced in 2011 when Mercy adopted new names and a common logo across its seven-state area. St. Anthony's decision to affiliate with Mercy was based on their shared mission, values and heritage as Catholic health care providers. Mike McCurry, Mercy chief operating officer and St. Anthony's president, said the name change "signifies that we stand together as a united ministry, both in mission and now in name."

New president at Trinity Catholic

Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ, has been named the new president at Trinity Catholic High School in north St. Louis County. He has served previously in a variety of leadership roles in education and social services. He earned his bachelor of philosophy degree from St. Louis University and has earned four masters degrees including English, divinity, theology, and organizational dynamics. Father Puthoff succeeds Sister Karl Mary Winkelmann, SSND, who announced she will retire as president at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Next year, she will serve as president emeritus, as part of a leadership transition.


St. Louis University School of Nursing has received the largest gift in its history – an $8.4 million bequest from the estate of alumna Mary K. Hoppe. The gift also is among the largest received by St. Louis University. The entirety of the gift will be used to create the Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hoppe Endowed Scholarship, which will assist multiple students in every program offered at the School of Nursing. Both Mrs. Hoppe and Dr. Hoppe were 1951 graduates from St. Louis University; she from the School of Nursing and he from the School of Medicine. After graduation, the couple married and returned to Houston, their hometown; they had no children. Dr. Hoppe died in 2002, and Mrs. Hoppe eventually moved to Charlotte, N.C., to live with her niece. She died in July 2017.

Upcoming events

Divine Mercy at Mary Mother

Mary Mother of the Church, 5901 Kerth Road in south St. Louis County, will pray the Divine Mercy chaplet after all Sunday Masses (9 and 11 a.m.) on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8. (There will be no there will be no eucharistic Holy Hour on Divine Mercy Sunday, as previously reported in the Review.)

Belize and SLU

Belize 2020 will sponsor three speaker events in St. Louis University's Atlas Week through April 14. Participation is free and advance registration isn't required. A presentation about the SLU and Belize 2020 partnership will be at noon Monday, April 9, in the Center for Global Citizenship Auditorium. Another presentation updating the work of Belize 2020 and soliciting feedback will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at Busch Student Center 251AB. Education and Belize will be the focus at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Busch Student Center 253B. Belize 2020 is a partnership between Belize City, Belize and SLU bridging the learning gap in schools. Two teachers from Belize are attending St. Louis University in the School of Education in the graduate program. Rose Mes recently completed her master's degree in special education with the emphasis of learning disabilities and is a learning consultant at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Belize. Participation is free and advance registration isn't required. For more information on Atlas Week, visit

Criminal justice/ employment panel

A panel discussion on "Criminal Justice Reform and Employment in St. Louis" will be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at St. Clare of Assisi Church, 15642 Clayton Road in Ellisville. Panelists include Josh Wilson, founder and executive director of Mission: St. Louis; Karen Barney, founder of Transformative Justice Initiative; and Lisa Jaegers, associate director of health with the Criminology Research Consortium. The event is sponsored by the West County Collaboration of churches in St. Louis, and presented by Mission: St. Louis, St. Louis University and Social Justice 4 All.

Organ concert

St. Louis organists Andrzej Zahorski and Stephen Mager will present the "Divine Monologue," which will conclude a series of concerts commemorating the 50th anniversary of St. Louis Abbey Church organ. The concert will take place at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, at the abbey church, 500 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur. The organ is one of the first instruments built in the United States that fully represent ideals of the organ revival movement, which was inspired by the work of Albert Schweitzer. The movement was dedicated to a full restoration of the beauty of the pipe organ through a recovery of the most valuable parts of the organ-building tradition. The abbey church's organ was built in 1967 by Georg Hradetzky, and remains one of best neoclassic instruments in the region. 

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