Bill citing ‘virtual schools’ amended

School choice continues to be a concern in Missouri, which has one of the most stringent state prohibitions against aid to private and religious schools.

An omnibus education bill, SB291, gained first-round approval in the Missouri Senate last week. A portion of the bill involves what Mike Hoey, assistant director of the Missouri Catholic Conference, called "virtual schools."

Currently the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education oversees the Missouri Virtual Instructional Program (MoVIP), which offers online courses for kindergarten- through-12th-grade students statewide in both public and nonpublic schools.

Scholarships, appeals help provide student aid

Christian Brothers College High School has more than 60 named scholarships, each set up with a goal of reaching $25,000 or more in order to be endowed.

"We, like most institutions, do not touch the principal and use a portion of the earnings each year to award financial aid and scholarships to deserving students and their families," said Tom Bowers, director of institutional advancement at CBC.

The funds are in conservative investments in order to maintain the balances, he noted.

Martie and LeEllen Aboussie, parents of Jay Aboussie (Class of ’01) established a scholarship which, with the help of his classmates, has a goal of a fully endowed scholarship of $200,000, Bowers said.

A fully endowed scholarship can provide about $10,000 — a full scholarship, with tuition costing $9,675. Usually though, the funds are split into four $2,500 scholarships, Bowers said.

Choose truth, not prestige

Every day, Catholics confront the growth of an anti-life culture, fueled in large part by ignorance of truth and acceptance of relativism. It’s hard enough to defend and hold true to our faith when pressured and surrounded by messages from the media, pop culture and government that are contrary to our core beliefs. But when one of our own institutions ignores the profound risk of supporting anti-Catholic teachings it becomes much more difficult to stand united as one holy Catholic Church. This week, the University of Notre Dame, one of the premier Catholic education institutions in the United States, announced that President Barak Obama would be this year’s commencement speaker. The president also will receive an honorary degree. This invitation isn’t simply a matter of honoring a high-profile public official with differing philosophy on some issues, it’s an absurd affront to the unity Catholics must maintain to further the understanding of the word of God.

Despite criticism, Notre Dame firm on Obama as speaker

WASHINGTON (CNS) — University of Notre Dame officials were standing firm on their choice of President Barack Obama as commencement speaker at the institution’s May 17 graduation, in spite of a large number of Catholics calling on them to rescind the invitation.

The Indiana university, run by the Congregation of Holy Cross, and the White House announced March 20 that Obama would be Notre Dame’s 2009 commencement speaker and confirmed he will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the graduation.

"The invitation to President Obama to be our commencement speaker should not be taken as condoning or endorsing his positions on specific issues regarding the protection of human life, including abortion and embryonic stem-cell research," said Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame.

SLU pro-life group names endowment

St. Louis University's Students for Life organization has announced the naming of the Virginia D. Murphy Endowment for Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance.

The announcement was made last month at a talk given by Alveda King, daughter of the late civil rights activist A.D. King and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The endowment, established last fall, will provide resources for SLU students who face the challenges of an unexpected pregnancy and parenting, so they can stay on the path toward earning a degree. Funding will help students cover the costs of tuition, housing, prenatal care,child-care and other areas. The endowment is named after the late Virginia Murphy, a SLU alum and longtime advocate for the defense of the unborn. She was a member of St. Pius V Parish in South St. Louis.

Today and Tomorrow Choirs of Angels Dinner

The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation will hold its fifth annual Choirs of Angels dinner Tuesday evening, April 14, at the Missouri Athletic Club, 405 Washington Ave., in Downtown St. Louis.

Proceeds of the dinner will benefit the needs-based scholarship programs of Today and Tomorrow, which was begun in 1990 to provide partial needsbased scholarships to Catholic school children.

This year’s honorees are Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield and St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation.

Syndicate content