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Father Maximilian Toczylowski removed at St. Louis Priory

Benedictine Father Maximilian Toczylowski, director of the junior school at Saint Louis Priory School, has been removed from his roles at the school after "inappropriate images" were found on his laptop computer, according to a letter from Priory's headmaster.

In a May 31 letter to parents from Benedictine Father Gregory Mohrman, the images were found during a routine review of electronic devices used by school staff. He noted that the images were downloaded from the internet and the subjects involved were not associated with the school.

SLUH takes volleyball title in undefeated season


Two Catholic schools from the archdiocese made the finals of the Missouri Boys Volleyball State Tournament, with St. Louis University High School completing an undefeated season in Class 4 and St. Mary's High School falling just short of a state title in Class 3.

SLUH defeated Lafayette 25-22 and 25-16 May 24 at Webster Groves High School to win the title. The win was the Junior Billikens' third championship in four years and ninth since 1997. SLUH lost in three sets to Lafayette last year.

Vietnamese dancers, matachines and more

Father Nicholas Smith led the Kombey family — from left, Medard, Penouel and Felicity — as they offered the gifts at a multicultural Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on May 23. Bishop Mark S. Rivituso celebrated the Mass with readings, universal prayers and music in several languages and signed by an interpreter. The Kombeys are parishioners at Christ the King Parish in University City.

A multicultural Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on the Feast of St. Toribio Romo was right up the alley for two communities of women religious from Vietnam.

The communities, the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Hanoi and Our Lady of Unity of Bac Ninh, have sisters visiting and studying in St. Louis as guests of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in south St. Louis County. They participate in a formal English language immersion program the SSNDs designed for them.

Cause for canonization opened for classmate and friend of Kenrick-Glennon rector

Then-seminarians, from left, Don Kettle, Ragheed Ganni and James Mason visited at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, circa 1999 or 2000. Father Mason keeps this photo and a holy card of Father Ganni in his breviary.

Iconic imagery of the war in Iraq shows the U.S. Army pulling down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdaus Square on April 9, 2003.

While a sledgehammer-wielding man made little headway on the statue base, soldiers rolled up in a tank, wrapped a chain around the statue's neck, covered the face with the U.S. flag and let 'er rip. Hundreds of Iraqis cheered and celebrated their liberation from the brutal dictator.

But not everyone was so moved. In fact, Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni predicted persecution for minority Christians and brethren Chaldean Catholics as a result.

Contemplative Leaders in Action gives young adults chance to develop leadership through an Ignatian lens

Third-grade students ended the day with the Examen prayer at Incarnate Word School in Chesterfield on May 21. Teacher Mary Staten began using the technique, a prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern His direction, twice a week in her class as part of her participation in the Contemplative Leaders in Action program.

At the end of the day, when students are ready to clean off their desks and pack their bags, third graders at Incarnate Word School in Chesterfield take a few minutes to reflect on their day.

During Lent, teacher Mary Staten introduced to her students the Examen, a prayer method developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to review a person's day in the presence of God. The five-step method includes asking for God's grace to see His presence, giving Him thanks, reviewing the day's events, seeking forgiveness for wrongdoing and making a resolution for the next day.

Continuity in midst of transition at St. Norbert


Generally, teachers pass on all kinds of knowledge to their students. Less often, however, do they pass on their careers.

But as Mary Jo Kohlberg retires from 26 years of teaching first grade at St. Norbert School in Florissant, she is doing just that. Maggie Sextro, whom Kohlberg taught in 1997-98, will be assuming her former teacher's post as St. Norbert merges into All Saints Academy next year.

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