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Clergy appointments for May 28

Rev. Peter J.Fonseca, newly ordained, is appointed associate pastor of Queen of All Saints Parish in Oakville.

Rev. Daniel J. Kavanagh, newly ordained, is appointed associate pastor of St. Alban Roe Parish in Wildwood.

Rev. David M. Miloscia, newly ordained, is appointed associate pastor of Assumption Parish in Mattese.

Rev. Alexander M. Nord, newly ordained, is appointed associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie.

Servites' spirit remains as religious leave parish

When Dan Paszkiewicz developed bladder cancer in 2010, he hoped for a cure and prayed to St. Peregrine. “I believe in prayers,” he said. Before a recent daily Mass, Paszkiewicz visited the St. Peregrine shrine at his parish, Seven Holy Founders.

Jane Rahmoeller has been a parishioner at Seven Holy Founders Parish only a couple years, but her admiration of the Servite priests and brothers there grew quickly.

"They're very holy people. They've done a great service to the Church and will really be missed," Rahmoeller said after morning Mass May 18.

After 88 years of ministry at the Affton parish, the Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) will leave the parish in mid-June to focus on other ministries. An archdiocesan priest, Father John Brennell, has been appointed pastor of the parish.

'Beyond Sunday': Roman Catholic Foundation campaign to provide for Catholic education

In what is being hailed as an "historic fund-raising initiative," the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri launches a campaign Monday, June 1, that will make Catholic education more affordable.

The "Beyond Sunday" campaign, which will be conducted over the next two years, hopes to raise more than $100 million to build a war chest that will not only aid students from low- and middle-income families but also benefit programs or schools that enhance the already strong curriculum at Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Glennon Sunday assists 'healing presence of God'

The mission of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center -- "Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God" -- has played out many times the past 59 years, including through the efforts of a transport team from the medical center.

Billiken Teacher Corps 'rockstars' focus on community, service and students

John James of St. Louis University referred to the inaugural class of the Billiken Teacher Corps as "rockstars."

"That's the standard we set; our first year out of the chute, they had to be rockstars," said James, the assistant professor in the College of Education and Public Service entrusted with the Corps, along with SLU's Father Christopher Collins, SJ.

Gathering remembers Blessed Romero for courage, love of God

Bernarda Rendon, right, spoke at an ecumenical prayer program May 23 in honor of the beatification of Blessed Oscar A. Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador, recalling the times she attended Masses where he was the celebrant. She also discussed the reaction to his assassination in El Salvador, where she lived before coming to St. Louis as a refugee. At left is Mary Jane Schutzius, who served as her interpreter during her talk.

Bernarda Rendon describes herself as the daughter of "very poor" farmers in El Salvador.

She sometimes attended Mass at the cathedral in San Salvador, the capital of the Central American nation, and she came to know Archbishop Oscar Romero. He also celebrated Mass outside her parish as part of a fiesta there.

"When he spoke to us, the poor people ... he understood us," Rendon said at an ecumenical prayer service May 23 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet motherhouse celebrating the beatification of Blessed Romero that day in San Salvador.

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