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Event helps ministry close gap after state cuts

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke with people at a recognition dinner hosted by the Criminal Justice Ministry on June 1 at Moulin in St. Louis. Archbishop Carlson accepted the Luminary Award on behalf of the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the event.

The funding gap for the Criminal Justice Ministry caused by a state budget cut is closing, but the ministry still needs financial support to help the agency with its outreach.

Since 1979, the Criminal Justice Ministry has supported and empowered people impacted by incarceration. The agency provides jail and prison ministry, client re-entry services and advocacy for community safety and criminal justice reform.

Post-high school support helps graduates avoid ‘summer melt’

Wander Garner, center, said goodbye to Rosetta Bell, a Rosati-Kain High School graduate who met Garner to finalize her plans to attend St. Louis University in the fall. Garner is a high school counselor and parishioner at St. Alphonsus “Rock” Church and volunteers her time with the St. Louis Graduates’ High School to College Center in University City.

Rosetta Bell already had her college plans lined up when she donned a cap and gown last month at her graduation from Rosati-Kain High School.

Rosetta plans to study chemistry at St. Louis University and hopes to be a pre-med student. She earned a scholarship from the university and has applied for federal financial assistance — including grants and loans.

Beyond the funding she already has lined up, the family still needs to fill a gap of about $10,000 to make the cost affordable, said her mother, Florence Bell.

Vianney’s season a success despite loss in state semifinals

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St. John Vianney's starting pitcher, Luke Mann tossed 109 pitches and finished the game with 7 strike-outs.  On June 2, St. John Vianney High School baseball team lost in the Class 5 state semifinals to Ft. Zumwalt West 4-3.

Players from the St. John Vianney High School baseball team held their head high after a loss in the Class 5 state semifinals.

They congratulated their opponent, regrouped outside the dugout on the artificial turf at Car Shield Field in O’Fallon and then walked to their bus to the cheers of fans.

The team’s 4-3 loss to Ft. Zumwalt West June 2 failed to erase a stellar season for Vianney, which finished 32-7 after a 9-0 win in the third-place game against Lee’s Summit the next day. Ft. Zumwalt lost the title game 2-1 to Jefferson City on a walk-off hit-by-pitch.

Four men answer the call of God to serve as priests

Archbishop Carlson ordained Peter Terwase Faimega, Michael Lampe, Clark Philipp and John Schneier to the priesthood on Saturday, May 27

For about 10 minutes in the Rite of Ordination on May 27, the four candidates for the priesthood quite literally laid down their lives for Christ, giving themselves wholly to the holy Catholic and apostolic Church.

Still deacons and within minutes of being ordained priests, Peter Faimega, Michael Lampe, Clark Philipp and John Schneier lay prostrate on the marble floor before the altar at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

A pilgrimage of trust: Hugs, high-fives help build trust, erase divide

More than 500 people participated in the Walk of Trust May 28. The walk on the afternoon of May 28 was part of the weekend-long St. Louis Pilgrimage of Trust and was intended to be a first step toward healing deep divisions in the community that have surfaced since the unrest in Ferguson.

Wearing red hats and purple dresses, a handful of women from Galilee Baptist Church on Delmar Boulevard in the Central West End of St. Louis waved and shouted while receiving hugs and high-fives from participants in the Walk of Trust who passed by their church.

The walk on the afternoon of May 28 was part of the weekend-long St. Louis Pilgrimage of Trust taking place in St. Louis May 26-29. The walk was intended to be a first step toward healing deep divisions in the community that have surfaced since the unrest in Ferguson.

Priest appointments 2017

All appointments are effective June 27, 2017, unless otherwise noted

Retirement

Rev. James L. Gahan, senior associate pastor of Sts. Joachim & Ann, St. Charles, is granted retirement status with residence at Sts. Joachim & Ann Rectory.

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