Education

‘Historic agreement’ enhances seminary, SLU relationship

St. Louis University president Fred Pestello, left, and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson signed an agreement that will confer undergraduate degrees from SLU to the graduates of Cardinal Glennon College, although they will still study at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The agreement was signed April 23 in the Kenrick Board Room at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

After the official signing of the collaborative agreement between the archdiocese and St. Louis University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary academic dean Ed Hogan suggested an action to seal the deal.

"Can we make our first official act one of prayer?" asked Hogan, who quickly received universal approval from the small gathering April 23 in the Kenrick Boardroom at Cardinal Rigali Center.

What an appropriate way to begin the landmark agreement, which Archbishop Robert J. Carlson called, simply, "historic."

Christ the King student headed to National Geographic Bee

Jackson Cooper, a seventh-grader at Christ the King School in University City, listened to teacher Mike Bettonville in social studies class on April 16. Jackson is the Missouri state winner of the National Geographic Bee and will head to Washington, D.C., to compete with 53 other winners from across the United States.

It was a nail-biting competition with nearly a dozen tie-breaker questions. But Jackson Cooper secured the win with this wringer:

What city that is home to the renowned Ambrosian Library is also the principal financial center of Italy?

The seventh-grader at Christ the King School in University City edged out St. Louis Priory seventh-grader Evan Hugge with the correct answer — Milan — to win the Missouri state-level competition of the National Geographic Bee April 6 at Moberly Area Community College.

Editorial | Gun violence: Listen to the students

Good for them, and we hope it'll pay off for us.

Thousands of students and teachers walked out of their classrooms or took part in organized gatherings outdoors during the school day on March 14 as part of the the #Enough! National School Walkout to raise awareness about issues of school safety and the impact of gun violence. The nationwide march was organized by Women's March Youth Empower.

‘Rose-colored glasses’ provide vision for St. Louis

Bishop Louis W.V. DuBourg and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne were key builders for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

However, they always didn't see eye-to-eye. In fact, St. Philippine Duchesne lamented in a letter dated September 1823 that the visionary DuBourg "sees everything through rose-colored glasses," which is among the earliest written usages of the phrase to describe optimism when a situation calls for skepticism or doubt.

Valle kindergartner honored for care, compassion shown to injured teacher

Valle Catholic School kindergartner Colton Joseph Lipp was honored with a “Do the Right Thing” for staying with with teacher Donna Herzog when she was slightly injured from a fall in January.

On what she described as "a beautiful, sunny January day," first-grade teacher Donna Herzog headed out to the playground at Valle Catholic Grade School for a routine assignment — to monitor recess.

No biggie, normal stuff ... until she failed to navigate concrete steps from the school to the playground. Looking aside to chat up the students, she missed the last step, twisting her ankle and tumbling to the asphalt.

Ouch.

The kindergarten youngsters quickly gathered around and asked whether she was OK, but ran off to play once she answered in the affirmative.

Students get (and share) the message

Alannah Coady, from St. Francis of Assisi School, created a card of hope for a homeless person during a service project with other Catholic schools on Feb. 27. Eighth-graders from Region 5 Catholic schools gathered at St. Simon the Apostle to celebrate Mass with Bishop Mark Rivituso. After Mass, they did a service project for St. Patrick Center.

His penmanship wasn't perfect, but St. Mark School eighth-grader Christian Newcombe's message was on target — "Never lose hope."

Christian wrote the message on one of the cards accompanying 200 gift bags of hygiene products to be donated to clients of St. Patrick Center, a Catholic Charities of St. Louis agency serving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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