Educators honored for ‘outstanding efforts and achievements’

Four archdiocesan teachers stood among the premier educators in the St. Louis area as Emerson Excellence in Teaching award winners, in ceremonies Nov. 21 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

They were among 102 educators, selected by their school administration, recognized by Emerson for their "outstanding efforts and achievements."

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Stewards of treasure and talent

Kurt Nelson

For the last several months, I have been sharing what has been accomplished and what remains ahead in the four main priorities of the Alive in Christ! Mission Advancement Initiative. While the Archdiocese of St. Louis embarks on an exciting new beONE vision for the work of all parishes, schools, agencies and families, the Alive in Christ! goals are still of vital importance.

St. Louis University emphasizes its Catholic identity

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Father Dan White, SJ, pastor of St. Francis Xavier College Church, and others participated in a Eucharistic procession for unity that started at St. Francis Xavier Church and ended at St. Alphonsus Ligouri Church where song and Benediction were held. The procession is just one way the university is prioritizing its Catholic identity.

Without trumpets announcing his presence, Jesus of Nazareth ventured quietly onto the streets of Midtown St. Louis on a pleasant September evening.

Yes, that Jesus of Nazareth — the Christ, who died for our sins 2,000 years ago.

Jesuit Father Dan White carried His true presence — in the form of a consecrated host within a monstrance — leading a Eucharistic procession from St. Francis Xavier (College) Church to St. Alphonsus Ligouri (Rock) Church.

St. Peter School celebration honors military veterans

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Victor Frome retired from his military service in 1983 as a major in the U.S. Army. He served around the world but recalls his greatest duty serving in Vietnam along the Cambodian border and the men in his charge. Frome is a parishioner at St. Peter in Kirkwood and walked through a line of honor Nov. 11 as he was congratulated by the school children at St. Peter School.

There's a story of St. Martin of Tours, patron of soldiers, in which he tore off half of his cloak to give to a beggar. Later, he had a dream where he met Jesus in heaven, who was wearing part of Martin's torn cloak. "How did you get that?" St. Martin asked.

"You gave it to me when I was cold," Jesus told him.

Msgr. Jack Costello shared that story at an all-school Veterans Day Mass Nov. 11 at St. Peter in Kirkwood. The school also honored more than 60 veterans from the community with a special progam and reception after Mass.

Foster Grandparent Program fills a gap for children, seniors

Sid Hastings

Foster Grandparent Frank Weeden, right, helped a University City Children’s Center student put on his coat before going outside to play at the center in University City Oct. 28. The Foster Grandparent Program administered by Cardinal Ritter Senior Services puts volunteers at the center in University City and at other sites in the St. Louis area.

The pre-school teacher gave the little boy his coat, and he immediately ran to "Grandpa Frank" for assistance.

In another classroom at the University City Children's Center, a girl sat on the lap of "Grandma Ann" listening intently as the volunteer read a book to her.

The early learning center serves children from six weeks to 6 years old. The volunteers are from the Foster Grandparent Program operated by Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, a Catholic Charities agency providing a continuum of care to senior adults throughout the archdiocese.

High School Open Houses schedule

Sunday, October 25

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Dominic High School

Noon to 2 p.m.

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School

Sunday, November 8, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Duchesne High School, St. Pius X High School

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Notre Dame High School

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Incarnate Word Academy, Christian Brothers College High School

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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