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‘Cornerstone’ of Marygrove helped children heal and grow

In 1983, Msgr. Robert Slattery, then president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, recruited Sister Helen Negri to become the chief operating officer of Marygrove. She began with seven residents and built it to a multifaceted program of residential care for more than 200 children every day (with 1,300 served every year) with behavioral health problems.

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd had just relinquished the agency, and the staff had asked her where the other nuns were — she was it. She gave them her beeper number, and they used it liberally, Sister Helen said with a laugh.

Bed-donation program a hit with struggling families


Ja'zon Reece, who's almost 3 years old, leaned over and made a small opening in the blinds to look out the window for the two deliverymen from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul carrying mattresses into his apartment.

Ja'zon's mom, Annita Baker, and her three children now have their own apartment after living with relatives and sleeping in the same bed.

Ministry’s refusal to give up on people pays off


At an apartment in south St. Louis, Jerome Arnold greeted Phillip Melton as if they were old friends. But they'd only met a month earlier, after Melton had been released from prison.

Melton told Arnold that the move was simple, he'd unpacked and even lost weight. Most importantly, he hadn't had an alcoholic drink since he left prison.

"Way to go," Arnold praised Melton, referring to him as, "a good man, a good person, not a hassle."

Archdiocesan news briefs

Cor Jesu junior aces ACT

Junior Hannah Nicholson recorded the top composite score of 36 on the ACT in February, becoming the third Cor Jesu Academy to earn the top score this academic year. On average, less than one-tenth of one percent of students taking the ACT gets the top score.

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U.S. delegates to pre-synod meeting lay out priorites

Three delegates will represent the United States at the pre-synod gathering March 19-25 at the Vatican in preparation for October's synod of bishops on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment." The three, named by the U.S.

SLUH’s patience pays off with Mid-States hockey title


After winning the Mid-States High School Hockey Challenge Cup Championship, the St. Louis University High team didn't want their on-ice celebration to end. So the driver of the Zamboni ice resurfacer waited patiently. But he needed to go to work.

As a compromise, the Junior Billikens moved the jubilation to the hallway and locker room under the stands at Scottrade Center, where they had defeated De Smet Jesuit High School 4-0 on March 13.

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