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Academy at St. Sabina celebrates eighth graders entering their next chapter in education


Cassandra Noldon smoothed her son's shirt and tie in the vestibule of St. Sabina Church as they awaited the start of his graduation ceremony.

Bryce Noldon smiled as he thought about heading to Bishop DuBourg High School in the fall. During a visit to the school last year, he got to check out the classrooms, including the science lab, where he will study his favorite subject.

The best part of the visit? "The laptops," he said with a grin.

Archbishop Carlson ordains two men to sacred priesthood

At about 10 a.m. May 26, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and 78 brother priests processed down the center aisle toward the altar at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

For the procession out, a little less than two hours later, their ranks had grown by two.

Fathers Christopher Rubie and Gerson Parra joined their new brethren at exactly 11:01 a.m., about halfway through the two-hour Mass celebrated for the Rite of Ordination of Priests.

SLUH takes volleyball title in undefeated season

St. Louis University High School took control of the net during an undefeated season, including this play by Andrew Cross in the title match of the Missouri Boys Volleyball 2018 State Tournament May 24 against Lafayette High School.

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. SLUH lost in three sets to Lafayette last year.

New Holy Land guidebook has ties to Kenrick seminary

A new book guiding Catholics visiting the lands of ancient Israel was born out of the annual Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Holy Land Retreat and Pilgrimage, and in turn will benefit seminarians both here and in Palestine.

Father Charlie Samson is the author of "Come and See: A Catholic Guide to the Holy Land." He was a newly ordained priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis when he studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem while working on a licentiate in sacred Scripture. While there, he felt called to write a Catholic travel guide to the areas.

Priest appointments 2018


Rev. Msgr. Francis X. Blood, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann, to pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Warrenton




Retiring Catholic high school administrators reflect on their role in forming young people for the future


Sister Karl Mary Winkelmann isn't certain exactly where God is calling her after retiring as president of Trinity Catholic High School this year.

But one thing's for sure: "I couldn't sit around all day eating bonbons," she declared.

Likewise, retiring Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School principal Michael Blackshear is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. For now, summer plans include heading south for some fishing.

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