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Young people in Archstl share insights ahead of 2018 bishops’ synod

Lauren Scharmer, director of youth ministry for St. Louis Life Teen, led prayer during a meeting of the teen ministry at Bishop DuBourg High School.

For Lauren Scharmer, youth ministry is more than giving teens a place to hang out once a week to talk about their faith. The Church, she said, is there to help them understand the relational aspect of the Church — and its desire to help young people become closer in relationship with God.

HOUSE FOR LIFE

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Sister Pat Sevcik opened the heavy wooden door, greeting one of her first visitors to the convent. "Welcome," she said, offering a warm hug and smile that would put anyone at ease. "It's so nice to meet you."

Bishop Braxton calls action to end racism imperative for every American

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., addressed students, faculty, and social workers during a “teach-in” on fighting racism held Sept. 21 at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Every person "must do something," whether big or small, to address racism in the United States, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Ill., told an audience at The Catholic University of America.

From taking a public stance at a rally to reaching out to a neighbor, racism can be addressed and overturned, the bishop said during a presentation at a Sept. 21 "teach-in" on fighting racism sponsored by the university's National Catholic School of Social Service.

Long lines show a deep devotion to Padre Pio

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A police officer genuflected. A man wearing a suit made the sign of the cross. A woman wrote a prayer intention and placed it in a box. Schoolchildren held holy cards against the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio.

The line was long in the early morning of Sept. 27 at Assumption Church in south St. Louis County, which hosted the relics of the beloved Capuchin Franciscan priest from Italy who was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. It's one stop on a nationwide tour in 18 U.S. dioceses. Mass was to be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso that evening.

A bishop’s efforts led to origins of St. Louis University

St. Louis University was located in this building at Washington and Ninth Streets in Downtown St. Louis until moving to its current campus in 1888.

St. Louis University grew from a few dozen students in a rented house to 13,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain.

Bishop Louis William DuBourg founded the university in 1818 as St. Louis Academy. It was considered the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi.

Housed in a private residence near the Mississippi River, it later was known as St. Louis College.

Old, new frontiers cited at SLU bicentennial Mass

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Talking together before Mass, cross bearer, Sean Barry, SJ was joined by Kathryn Jabek, Emily Borgemenke, Katrina Ludwig and Sarah Plunkett.
Saint Louis University marked its bicentennial by celebrating the first Mass under the St. Louis Gateway Arch.  Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the main celebrant for the gathering of over 5,500 people along the banks of the Mississippi River.

Frontiers were the focus as St. Louis University kicked off the celebration of its bicentennial Sept. 23 with the first Mass ever under the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi riverfront.

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