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Clergy appointments July 17, 2014

Reverend Brian E. Hecktor, parochial administrator of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Washington, is granted a medical leave of absence, effective July 15, 2014.
Reverend Joseph E. Wormek, senior associate pastor of St. Francis Borgia Parish in Washington, is appointed parochial administrator of St. Francis Borgia Parish, effective July 15, 2014.
Deacon David R. Osmack, a permanent deacon, assisting the pastor of Immacolata Parish, is appointed to assist the pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, effective July 28, 2014. 

SportsCare provides medical resources for CYC players, parents

Dan Buck had been head of Cardinal Glennon Foundation for about a year, but his job was the last thing in mind at a pre-op meeting before his daughter's knee surgery.

His daughter Tina tore her ACL playing softball as a freshman at University of Illinois-Springfield, and Buck attended the pre-op session to learn more about the process before a small nugget of information sent him reeling.

"The surgeon jokingly said to me that girls are four times more likely than men to blow out their ACL," Buck recalled recently. "I said, 'Four times more likely? What are you talking about?'"

A diverse past, present and future

Mariachi musician Fabian Pena, of the group Mariachi Juvenil Guadalupano, received the Precious Blood during the weekly Spanish language Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester June 29. The group participated in the Mass while visiting St. Louis from Monterrey, Mexico.
Photo by Sid Hastings

St. Joseph Parish of Manchester started as a small pioneer outpost in the first half of the 1800s, a mission called St. Malachy at which the pastor from St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood held Mass for Irish Catholics who had migrated into the area to build the railroads.

Then, in 1865, after an influx of German immigrants, a parish was constituted and St. Joseph was born, near the crossroads of two dirt trails -- now Woods Mill and Manchester roads -- about 25 miles from the Cathedral by the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

New SLU president touts Jesuit, liberal-arts education

Fred Pestello, president of St. Louis University, is the first permanent lay president in the university’s history.

St. Louis University's new president, Fred Pestello, began his new role July 1.

Pestello, who will live in the Central West End of St. Louis, said he is a strong advocate of an education grounded in the liberal arts, making students better prepared as critical thinkers. It gives them the ability to learn and adapt as the economy and jobs within it change at an ever-increasing pace, he noted.

This type of education is expensive, but it pays off not only financially but also in quality of life, he said.

Holocaust survivor uses past to stress medical ethics

Dr. Raul Artal, who recently retired, is involved in a program to teach about medicine during the Holocaust, when healers became killers, and how to apply this knowledge to today’s practice. “The fact that someone is a physician doesn’t mean they have a right to be God and decide who lives and who dies,” Artal said.

Raul Artal was born by breech delivery in a barn, hidden from authorities.

It was 1943 in Bersad, a concentration camp in a part of Ukraine called Transnistria administered by Romania under Nazi control.

Sometimes the Nazis would sweep through the camp on killing sprees, and Artal's parents would frantically hide him, as children and babies in particular were targeted for extermination. His parents would cover him so he was not discovered, and he was trained not to cry.

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