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Clergy appointments for July 30

Rev. Patrick D. Ryan, pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in St. Charles, has been granted retirement status, effective Aug. 17, 2015

Rev. Mark G. Whitman, senior associate pastor of Assumption Parish in O'Fallon, is appointed part-time senior associate pastor of Assumption Parish in O'Fallon and part-time senior associate pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in St. Charles, effective Aug. 17, 2015

Enculturation key to sharing the joy of the Gospel in Bolivian missions

Bishop Morgan Casey, center, and Father Timothy Noelker, right, talked about their experiences in Bolivia doing mission work as part of the archdiocesan Latin America Apostolate.

One of the biggest challenges for a priest serving in the missions is to become enculturated, or immersed in the culture, as best he can.

"It takes some years to become enculturated and some effort," said Bishop Morgan Casey, a St. Louis native who has been serving in the Bolivia missions for more than 50 years. "There has to be a conscious effort to speak their language well."

Learning to speak Aymara -- a language of the indigenous Bolivian people -- "that opened the hearts of the people," he said.

Service day at St. Cecilia opens doors to new relationships within Hispanic community

Sid Hastings

Christian Davila, an employee at Boeing, joined others painting the gymnasium as part of a community service day July 24 at St. Cecilia School and Academy in St. Louis. The group is part of the Latino Alliance Network, which is comprised of affinity groups for Hispanics and Latinos at several St. Louis firms, including Wells Fargo Advisors, Edward Jones, AT&T, Boeing and Monsanto.

Cathy Drury hadn't been back to her old stomping grounds at St. Cecilia since she got married in 1990.

So when she saw an item in her workplace's newsletter about a service day at the south St. Louis school, she knew she had to attend.

"This brought tears to my eyes," said Drury, a strategy consultant for Wells Fargo and now a St. John the Baptist parishioner. "The neighborhood has changed and the parish has been transformed ... but (the school) was the same. Hopefully this day will help create more memories for the kids here now."

Parish life coordinator emerges as new model for parish governance

Deacon John Schiffer, right, is the first Parish Life Coordinator appointed in the archdiocese. He will serve at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in St. Charles, where he greeted pastoral associate Jan McArthur, center, and music director Tim Aubuchon before a meeting of clergy and staff July 27.

The clergy appointments announced in the paper this week include one that might sound unusual:

"Deacon John Schiffer, a permanent deacon assisting the pastor of St. Peter Parish in St. Charles, is released from that assignment, and appointed as Parish Life Coordinator of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in St. Charles ..."

Wait, parish life coordinator? What's that?

Fostering hope, prayer and community in Ferguson

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With the one-year anniversary of that fateful August day just around the corner, the city of Ferguson put its best foot forward on the last full weekend of July.

The Ferguson Ministerial Alliance, an ecumenical group including Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, sponsored a "Day of Hope" at Forestwood Park, giving visitors not only free goods, food and services but also an opportunity to pray.

Archdiocesan news briefs

St. Louis nurse receives People of Life Award

Nancy Valko, a registered nurse from St. Louis, was among winners of the People of Life Award for commitment to the pro-life movement. Cardinal Sean O'Malley presented the awards July 27 at the Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Kan. The U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities sponsored the award ceremony.

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