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Prince, princess are just 'good people'

As part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, Prince Louis de Bourbon and his wife, Princess Marie-Marguerite, were invited to visit the archdiocese. Prince Bourbon is a legitimate successor of the kings of France and a descendant of King Louis IX. He and his wife visited with school children at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded by St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne.

The man who could have been King Louis XX emerged from the back seat of his ride to the St. Louis Art Museum, about 500 feet from the famous statue of his namesake and ancestor -- St. Louis, on horseback overlooking Art Hill.

Yes, he's royalty, the eldest of the Bourbon line (hence, king, had the monarchy continued) and descended from our city's patron, King Louis IX of France. But you'd be hard-pressed to know that based on his five-day, four-night visit here in conjunction with CatholicSTL250 to celebrate St. Louis' feast day.

Focus is on people in need at Dellwood intake center

Zuria Westin played with a hula hoop on the field at the Community Resource Drop-In Center in Dellwood after her school called off class Aug. 20 because of unrest in Ferguson. The drop-in center was set up by the United Way of St. Louis to assist individuals and families adversely affected by the protests and violence in Ferguson that erupted following the shooting of Michael Brown.

Melvin Foster gave his full attention to the woman sitting across the table from him. He looked down only to fill out a form with her answers to his questions.

His ability to listen to her closely — and thus let her know that her concerns are being taken seriously — was no easy task given the level of activity and distractions around him.

Teens urged to develop community-building projects

An organization of teenagers and young adults that promotes volunteering is offering Peace in Ferguson grants to area youth interested in organizing projects that promote peace in the community.

The mission of VolunTEENnation is to inspire more young people to see themselves as positive change-makers and make an impact in the world.

Obituary | Fr. Joseph W. Halpin, MM

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Incarnate Word Church, 13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, for Maryknoll Father Joseph W. Halpin, a St. Louis native who spent almost all of his 62 years in the priesthood as a missionary in Guatemala.

Father Halpin, 88, died Aug. 13 at the Maryknoll's St. Teresa's Residence in Maryknoll, N.Y. A funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Apostles Chapel in Maryknoll Aug. 18.

Healing, then acting | As unrest in Ferguson subsides, community looks to engage and heal

Parishioners from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Ferguson came together in a prayer vigil for peace in the church's grotto with their pastor, Father Robert Rosebrough.

Addie Govero, the principal at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School, can speak to students, parents and teachers about the many subjects pertaining to education, such as best practices in the classroom and for student-life in general.

But when it came to issues related to the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent violence two miles away on West Florissant, she had no experience, playbook or teacher's manual on which to draw. She called on Catholic Family Services to help.

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary enrollment still climbing

Jacob Brock, from St. Louis, and Tylor Starkey, fom Knoxville, Tenn., juniors at Cardinal Glennon College, prepared for Evening Prayer in the chapel at the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Brandon Roth had been attending Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for a week or so, and is glad to be at a place full of men with the same goal — to serve God and His people.

"Everyone is friendly, here to support each other. It's nice to be with all these guys," said Roth, who is from Perryville. He began thinking about the priesthood in his junior year at St. Vincent de Paul High School. He attended Mineral Area College, a two-year community college in Park Hills, before entering the seminary as a sophomore in the Cardinal Glennon College program.

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