In Brief

New Auxiliary

A graduate of Kenrick Seminary has been appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan in the Central American country of Belize. Bishop-elect Dorick McGowan Wright, a native of Belize City, was a member of the class of 1975 of Kenrick Seminary.

Christmas Spirit

The four offices in the Review building in the Central West End - the St. Louis Review, the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office, the Archdiocesan Human Rights Office and the Office of Communications - shared some Christmas joy with the St. Louis Area Foodbank this holiday season. A food drive, organized by Maureen Kane of the pro-life office, resulted in 210 pounds of non-perishable food for hungry people in the St. Louis area.

SLUH Principal

Mary M. Schenkenberg has been named the first female principal of the all-male St. Louis University High School. Schenkenberg, who has a doctorate and is former principal of Nerinx Hall High School, will begin her duties in July. She replaces Robert L. Bannister, who will retire at the end of the current school year. Jesuit Father Paul G. Sheridan is president of the private Jesuit high school.

Fleur de Lis

The 43rd annual Fleur de Lis Ball will be held Saturday evening, Dec. 29, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Downtown St. Louis. Proceeds from the ball, at which 28 young women will be presented to Archbishop Justin Rigali, will go to the Pediatric Research Institute of Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. More than $2 million has been donated to Cardinal Glennon from Fleur de Lis proceeds over the years.

Free-Throw Competition

The Knights of Columbus Father Griffin Council 3586 will hold a free-throw competition beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Assumption Parish, 4709 Mattis Road in South County. All boys and girls 10 to 14 years old are eligible and winners will progress through local, district and state championships. For information call Rich Tucker at (314) 487-4281.

Sweet Gifts

Thirty-six students from Notre Dame High School in Lemay, along with four faculty members, visited New York City recently loaded down with gifts. The students brought St. Louis gooey butter cakes, which they made themselves, to New York City firefighters at three fire stations affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The students also brought security blankets and homemade cards. The visit was part of an already planned HeArt (Home Economics and Art) Trip to New York City. At one point there was some thought of canceling the trip, but most parents and students said it would be a show of support for New York City.

Holiday Artist

Hanna Lillian Shirrell, a student at St. Gabriel School in South St. Louis, was chosen as grand prize winner of Mayor Francis Slay's Holiday Card Design Contest. More than 1,440 entries came from children 12 and under in St. Louis who participated in the contest. Hanna's design was used on the Mayor's holiday greeting card.

School Benefit

The 13th annual dinner auction for what until recently was Holy Angels School in Kinloch will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at Spazio's Gourmet Banquet Center at Westport. Now that Holy Angels has merged with Corpus Christi School in Jennings, the dinner auction will benefit the merged school. For information call (314) 522-6435.


Kevin F. Kast, head of SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis, has earned two awards for his leadership. Kast was awarded the Missouri Hospital Association's 2001 Visionary Leadership Award and is one of 12 people to received a ReinveSt Louis Award from the St. Louis Business Journal, Plaza Financial Advisors Inc. and Maher and Co. PC.

Centers Of Excellence

Two programs at St. Louis University have earned Centers of Excellence designations from the university, which will provide the two programs with approximately $1 million in additional funding over three years. The excellent programs are the Liver Center, headed by doctors at SLU School of Medicine, and the Health Communication Research laboratory, headed by a physician with the SLU School of Public Health.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Oblate Media and Communications Corp. has chosen Bishop DuBourg High School students to appear in a nationally distributed video about ethical decision-making. Oblate Media, the media arm of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., notified James Leibrecht, chair of DuBourg's fine arts department and founder of its Guild Theatre programs, and students auditioned for about 10 speaking parts, with 15 to 20 parts for extras. The video, "Teen Scenes," will be shot in coming weeks at DuBourg and other locations and will be used for youth groups, high school classes and other appropriate audiences.

In Brief

Blessed Escriva Mass

Archbishop Justin Rigali will celebrate Mass in honor of the centennial of the birth of Blessed Josemaria Escriva at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. Confessions will be available at 9:15 a.m. Blessed Escriva, who was born in 1902 and died in 1975, founded Opus Dei, a worldwide Catholic organization that seeks to spread the search for holiness through ordinary work. The first center of Opus Dei in St. Louis was founded in 1957.

Looking Ahead

A program of music, song and praise celebrating new life and the new year will be presented by the School Sisters of Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6, at Notre Dame High School, 320 E. Ripa Ave. in Lemay. The program, which will feature the voices and musical talents of the sisters, will be in the school gym. RSVPs are due Monday, Dec. 17. Call the SSNDs at (314) 544-0425.

Volunteers Sought

The St. Louis County Department of Human Services is seeking volunteers to schedule appointments for its 2002 volunteer income tax assistance program with the County Older Resident Programs. Volunteers must be available weekdays from mid-January to the end of March. Training and mileage reimbursement will be provided. Call Ellen Sherman at (314) 615-4559 or TTY (314) 615-4425.

Free Flu Shots

St. Alexius Hospital will offer free flu shots for senior citizens at St. Alexius Hospital, 3933 S. Broadway, and Southtown Health Center, 4600 Chippewa Ave., in late December and early January. Appointments are required. For more information, call the flu shot hotline at (314) 865-7950.

Names Of Note

Emily Dames, a seventh-grader at St. Anthony of Padua School in South St. Louis, has been named to the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board. The daughter of Ken and Ann Dames, Emily is active in volleyball, scouts, swimming, speech team and has earned awards in math and science competitions.

Michele Hinton, social studies teacher at Cor Jesu Academy, is one of the first two Jamestown Scholars chosen by the National Parks Service and the Organization of American Historians. Hinton, who is working on her doctorate, is preparing a dissertation on the sociocultural adaptations of medicine in colonial Jamestown, Va. The Jamestown Scholarship, established in 2000, provides support for Ph.D candidates writing dissertations on Jamestown-related topics.

In Brief

Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Several liturgical celebrations are planned to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast day is Wednesday, Dec. 12. Archbishop Justin Rigali will celebrate Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End. The archdiocesanwide celebration is sponsored by the archdiocesan Hispanic Center.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson will celebrate the feast day on Dec. 12 at the parish, 1115 S. Florissant Road, beginning with prayer and song in Spanish at 5 a.m. and including 6 a.m. Mass in Spanish, 8 a.m. Mass in English and 7 p.m. bilingual Mass.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will hold a 5 a.m. Mass and Las Mananitas celebration Dec. 12 at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive in Belleville, Ill.

Mass will be celebrated at 9:15 a.m. Dec. 12 at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, and a replica of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which has been donated to the school, will be blessed.

CRI News

Cardinal Ritter Institute (CRI) Residential Services has been notified that HUD will fund construction of 57 new one-bedroom apartments for seniors on the western edge of DePaul Hospital grounds in North County. The Daughters of Charity donated the property to Cardinal Ritter Institute. The new building will be the 13th residence for low-income seniors operated by CRI in the St. Louis area.

Jubilee Display

The Archdiocesan Jubilee Display will be on exhibit after all Masses Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, at Assumption Church, 115 W. Third St. in O'Fallon. The display is a traveling museum of Catholic history in the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Flying The Flag

Students at Mary Queen of Peace School in Webster Groves dedicated a 13-by-20-foot flag Dec. 4 in a patriotic ceremony honoring Sept. 11 victims and rescuers. Fifth-through-eighth-graders created the laminated paper flag, which is mounted in front of the convent building next to the school.

Pilgrims For Peace

St. Anthony of Padua School in South St. Louis is participating in the Kids for Peace pilgrimage, a national program to encourage children of all faiths to work, study and pray for peace. Activities include caroling in the community and at an area senior center, participating in a peace procession, learning about the great peacemakers and creating peace pictures, which will be sent to other countries to promote world peace.


John E. Jacob, executive vice president and chief communications officer of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., will speak at the Fontbonne College commencement ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the college, 6800 Wydown Blvd. in Clayton.

Good Reading

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is one of 64 churches featured in the new book, "Churches," by Judith Dupre, author of "Skyscrapers" and "Bridges." Dupre will attend a book-signing from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Cathedral Gift Shop, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Ave. in the Central West End. Proceeds from the book signing benefit the Cathedral Preservation Fund.

Roundball Time

St. Mary's High School will hold an alumni basketball game at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the school, 4701 S. Grand Blvd. in South St. Louis. Proceeds of the game, to start immediately after the varsity game, will benefit the basketball program. Call Coach Ed Perniciaro at (314) 487-6950 by Friday, Dec. 14, to register.

With Thanks

Volunteers, donors and community leaders who support Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital spent an evening at the Fox Theatre recently, made possible through a grant from Northwestern Mutual Foundation. The evening included a program by Dewitt Jones, former National Geographic photographer and creativity expert, on "Celebrate What's Right with the World."

Names Of Note

Jesuit Father Francis X. Cleary, a regular Review columnist, has been named 2001 Alumni Merit Award recipient by the St. Louis University College of Arts and Sciences.

Amy Zimmerman, media relations coordinator at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, received the first-place award in the Media Relations Campaign category of the Show-Me Excellence Awards from the Missouri Association for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing. Zimmerman was honored for her work promoting bone marrow donor drives.

Anatole Browde, Dr. Robert Taylor and registered nurse Katie Thorman are the recipients of the 2001 Mercy Award from St. John's Mercy Medical Center. The award recognizes individuals whose lives and work exemplify the values of the Sisters of Mercy.


The Franciscan Connection has been awarded a 2001 Partnership Award from Habitat for Humanity in the category of "faith-based" honoree.

Artistic Honors

Eight students in the visual and performing arts department of St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon have been honored. Justin Emge, Patricia Hagen and Rosemary Pini have been chosen for the St. Louis District 8 Honor Choir. Cara Dineen and Phil Weseman were named to the All-District Jazz Band. Melissa Lightfoot, Lisa Reist and Megan Klemme have their art displayed at the Black Box Gallery of the City Museum in Downtown St. Louis.

In Brief

In Memory Of Children

The Mass "In Memory of Our Children" will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral), 209 Walnut St. on the riverfront Downtown. Father Gregory Kirsch will celebrate this annual Mass, a December tradition that provides families a way to include in their Christmas observance a child who has died.

Quilt Raffle

Woman's Place, which provides a safe place for women from domestic violence and sexual abuse, will raffle off a queen-size quilt hand-pieced and hand-quilted by women who visit the center. The raffle will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Woman's Place, 2716 Sutton Ave. in Maplewood. Proceeds of the raffle will benefit Woman's Place. For information call (314) 645-4848. Woman's Place is a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.

Capital Effort

Cor Jesu Academy has reached the $2 million mark in the school's capital campaign. By raising that much toward its first phase of the campaign, the South County, all-girls' school can move forward with plans to increase classroom, office and parking space.

In Brief

'Feast The Hungry'

The Mabili Youth Ministry will sponsor a post-Thanksgiving event from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Simon of Cyrene Parish hall, Durant and Thekla avenues in North St. Louis. The evening will include a soup kitchen, a prayer service and a variety talent show. For more information, call Sharon Williams at (314) 867-7524.

'Contact' Specials

The Sacred Heart Program has produced some special "Contact" radio shows on the World Trade Center attacks. WTC episodes will air in St. Louis on Sundays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 30, at 6:30 a.m. on WEW-AM 770. For more information on "Contact," a Jesuit radio production, call (314) 533-0321, ext. 12.

Heating Help

Applications now are being taken by the state Department of Social Service/Division of Family Services for financial aid to help eligible Missourians pay heating bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides grants based on household income, resources and number of people living in the home. Last winter approximately 110,000 Missouri households received LIHEAP help. For information, contact your local Division of Family Services Office.

Hoop Time

St. Mary's High School will hold its annual alumni basketball game at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, in the school gym, 4701 S. Grand Blvd. The game will immediately follow the varsity game. The alumni game will benefit St. Mary's basketball program. Entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 14. For information call Coach Ed Perniciaro at (314) 487-6950.

More Hoops

A basketball roundtable clinic for Catholic Youth Council (CYC) coaches will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, 401 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Creve Coeur. For information call the CYC office at (314) 371-0109.


Six teachers at Assumption School in Mattese - Diane Rogoz, Nina Foshe, Mary Lou Cline, Laura Gurley, Sue Brand and Tom McKenna - were honored Nov. 20 in the school's first "Corn-Onation," crowned King and Queens of Canned Goods. The honored teachers oversee home rooms that brought in the most canned and boxed foods for the parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Assumption students brought in a total of 2,501 cans for the food drive.

Library Open

St. Ferdinand School in Florissant has opened a new library, thanks to the efforts of parents, parishioners and Eagle Scout Eric Mircsov, a St. Ferdinand graduate who spent many hours designing and building library shelves. The library will be a great asset for the school's participation in the Reading Renaissance Program, an accelerated reading program, said principal Susan Finley.

Candlelight Memorial

A candlelight memorial will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Bau Memorial Garden in Blanchette Park, near Hawthorne and Randolph streets in St. Charles. The event is sponsored by SHARE, pregnancy and infant loss support group. Anyone who has been touched by the death of a child is welcome. Participants are asked to bring an enclosed candle and white flower. Call (636) 947-6164 for information.


The Franciscan Connection has been honored by Habitat for Humanity for cleaning up vacant lots, revitalizing a neglected park and providing exterior repairs to older homes in Wellston.

Young Artists Sought

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations of the Metropolitan St. Louis Area is seeking young pianists for its second annual Young Artists' Competition. The deadline for applications is Jan. 1, and the concert featuring the finalists will be April 28 at St. Ambrose Church on the Hill. For more information, call Charles Garavaglia at (314) 995-1474.

In Brief

Fill Up That Bag

Don't forget! Saturday, Nov. 17, is the pick-up day for the annual Scouting for Food drive. Fill that plastic bag left by the Boy Scouts and Cubs last weekend with non-perishable food items and hang it on your doorknob. The Scouts will be collecting the bags to help provide food for area people in need.

Presidential Alumnus

St. Louis University graduate Enrique Bolanos, class of 1962, has been elected president of Nicaragua. Bolanos, 73, studied industrial engineering at SLU. Bolanos defeated Daniel Ortega, who lost for the third time at the polls since the Sandinistas were voted out of office in 1990.

Early Thanksgiving

Kindergartners and first-graders at Our Lady of Lourdes School in University City are celebrating an early Thanksgiving today, Nov. 16, with the school's annual Early American Day. Youngsters get to taste foods found at the first Thanksgiving, such as squash and pumpkins, and make churned butter and journey cakes, as well as learn about Native American customs and see a performance of the Kahok Indian Dancers from Cahokia Mounds in Illinois.

Honoring Veterans

Many Catholic schools and parishes honored veterans in recent days as part of Veteran's Day celebrations. Students at St. Martin de Porres School in Hazelwood visited the veterans hospital in Jefferson Barracks, bringing cards and banners and singing patriotic songs for the veterans. A Mass to honor veterans was celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Parish in South St. Louis, and afterward eighth-graders visited with the veterans to learn about their personal experiences.

'I Have A Dream'

North County Churches United for Racial Harmony and Justice is holding its annual "I Have a Dream" contest, part of its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observance in January. Essays on Dr. King, due Saturday, Dec. 1, are being accepted in senior, adult and youth categories. Call (314) 921-5833 for more information.

Thanksgiving Concert

The Combined Christian Choirs of Washington will perform a Thanksgiving concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at St. Francis Borgia Parish, 311 W. Second St. in Washington. The concert is free and a reception will follow. For information call St. Francis Borgia at (636) 239-6701.

Centennial Program

The University City Symphony Orchestra will give a program saluting the centennial of All Saints Parish at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at All Saints Church, 6403 Clemens Ave. The orchestra, under director Leon Burke, will play Respighi's "Church Windows" and the Britten Violin Concerto. A reception will follow the free program. The public is welcome.

Rohde Named To Board

Greg Rohde, archdiocesan director of Young Adult Ministry, has been appointed to the board of directors for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association. Rohde will represent Region IX, which includes all dioceses from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.


Jackie Wengert of Christ the Savior Parish in Brewer has been selected the 2001-2002 Perry County Working Woman of the Year.

Bridget Whitson of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Ellisville has received the Emergency Nursing Leadership Award from the Missouri State Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association.

Ursula Kubiak of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Washington has been named Employer of the Year by Downtown Washington. Kubiak owns and operates Ursula's Dance Studio.

Write On

Jason Sommer, professor of English and poet-in-residence at Fontbonne College, is the recipient of a 2001 Whiting Writer's Award for his poetry from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.

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