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Catholic University of America American Cardinals' Dinner

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 (6:15 p.m. reception) at the Ritz-Carlton, Clayton, with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

A short connection to Christ

Sister Mary Therese is a Poor Clare sister who has been assigned as cook in the monastery. This is the second time she has been in this duty, which lasts for a three-year term. She mixed up a batch of muffins in the monastery kitchen.

Her I.D. number seemed out of place on the list to meet with the professor of her biology class at Texas A&M. Professors usually met with students struggling with the material or with school in general, not high-achievers such as then-sophomore Julie Lavery.

Turned out that the professor wanted to meet with a good student and talk about her plans at A&M, as opposed to her usual meetings with students "who are in danger of dropping out of college," she told Lavery.

But Lavery dropped a bombshell after hearing that little nugget.

Dodgeball tournament founder is on a mission

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Max Feldner of the Hash Slinging Slashers threw a ball at a match against Team Oops. The Hash Slinging Slashers won the Dodge for a Cause dodgeball tournament, which was started by Annelise Gill-Wiehl to benefit Talita Kum, a program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Mission Office that provides a home and support for impoverished and abused girls in Colombia.

At the blow of a whistle, five players on each team fired balls everywhere.

The Hash Slinging Slashers dodgeball team did well by hanging back, but a quick rush to the net went awry when all their players were picked off except Natalie Halloran. She faced a one-on-one duel with a boy who marched forward confidently. Each held a ball tightly in one hand.

Irish students savor a taste of American life

Niall O’Connor, right, and Roberto Munive listened to a presentation on Doctor Strange in an elective class, “Super Heros and Comics and Film,” at De Smet Jesuit High School. O’Connor is one of a number of students visiting schools in the archdiocese from their school, Coláiste Ailigh, an Irish-language secondary school in County Donegal, Ireland.

On a cultural field trip for the exchange students from Ireland, Father Francis Hein had an intermediate stop between St. Louis Priory High School and the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

So, after an all-school Mass bright and early one morning, the guys piled into a van, meandered four miles south on South Mason Road, turned right onto Manchester Road then took a quick right into the parking lot of their destination -- Dunkin Donuts.

Yes, Dunkin Donuts.

'Beacons of hope' perform the work of the Lord

The St. Charles Lwanga Center honored Brenda Mahr for her work with the Employment Connection, a nonprofit agency that finds work for ex-offenders and assists individuals with limited opportunities become self-sufficient. She spoke to students learning how to write a resume.

In the invocation at the 32nd annual St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Dinner, archdiocesan chancellor Nancy Werner hit the nail on the proverbial head.

The St. Louis area "more than ever needs beacons of hope," she said, simply, in reference to violence last year in Ferguson and tension which persists almost eight months later.

Those beacons would be evident on this day, she said.

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