What do a man on Long Island, a resident of Ballwin, and a priest from Argentina have in common? The answer: They have all been served selflessly by a St. Louis Catholic school graduate in the past month.
Back in 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt was in the second term of four as president of the United States, the St. Louis Cardinals had won three World Series titles, and Mary Bruemmer entered St. Louis University as a freshman.
In late June, a dozen presidents, eight World Series titles and 78 years later, Bruemmer left the Midtown campus as a Dame Commander of the Order of St. Sylvester, Pope and Martyr. The papal honor is given to those who demonstrate exemplary lives in society, business and the military.
Rewards come in small but special moments for Marygrove employees
Like, at a grocery story, when a former resident, all grown up now, warmly greets a staffer who positively influenced his life.
"That's very powerful," said Kathryn Feldt, Marygrove's chief development officer.
Or when they see Marygrove youngsters play for the first time on sports teams or learn to swim, ride bikes or to drive. Or when they see on Facebook that a former resident lists Florissant as his home town because, well, that's where Marygrove is.
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Catholic school students are the beneficiaries of legislation signed by Gov. Jay Nixon ending discrimination against them in the A+ scholarship program, according to the principals of two high schools that had advocated for the change.
"The real winner here is the kids," said Kevin Mabie, principal of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington. "Our kids were being denied something that really was their right."