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Clergy appointments for Aug. 17

Reverend Jason Brauninger, SJ, is appointed associate pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in St. Louis, effective July 1, 2017.Deacon Kevin Carroll, assigned to assist the pastor of Our Lady of the Presentation in Overland, has relocated to serve as a deacon in the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, effective June 7, 2017.

Deacon David W. Ewing is assigned to assist the pastor of Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in St. Charles, effective Aug. 5, 2017.

'Renaissance' begins


Schools lay out red carpet for renaissance in North County 

By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@archstl.org | twitter:@jenniferbrinker

 The red carpet was rolled out bright and early on Aug. 16 for students at St. Ferdinand School. While it was there to welcome them back on their first day, it also was symbol of the renaissance in Catholic education that's rolling out in North County schools.

Wonder of Eve offers science-based approach to women’s natural health care

Promotional materials for The Wonder of Eve, a new program debuted by the archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning.

A newly revamped program is teaching young women about a natural approach to their health care.

The archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning debuted the Wonder of Eve at the archdiocesan Religious Education Institute and Leadership Conference earlier this month. The nearly hour-long program is for teenage girls and includes information on the design and function of the female body, including the reproductive system and menstrual cycles and how to track them naturally.

Catholic Charities makes headway in addressing poverty

St. Patrick Center and Pacific Dental Services Foundation held a free mobile dentistry clinic for clients. Dr.Adam Battaglia examined a clients teeth and said all he needed was a good cleaning.

Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, is proud of her organization's efforts to help break the cycle of poverty, empowering people to make permanent changes in their lives and support their efforts to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

Ruzicka was interviewed by the St. Louis Review after being named among the recipients of the Most Influential Business Women Awards from the St. Louis Business Journal. The award was presented to her Aug. 11.

Maronites celebrate Bishop Shaheen’s ‘extraordinary life’


Updated Aug. 17

Bishops call for stand 'against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-Nazism'

White nationalists clashed with counter-protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12. "Only the light of Christ can quench the torches of hatred and violence. Let us pray for peace," stated Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Va., the diocese in which Charlottesville is located.

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.

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