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From slave to priest

Andrae Goodnight portrays Father Augustus Tolton in the production " Tolton: From Slave to Priest." According to Leonardo Defilippis, founder and president of Saint Luke Productions, several of the play's themes are integral to the discussion on racial equity and related issues in today's culture.

To hear Andrae Goodnight describe it, Father Augustus Tolton was a powerful and transformative figure in U.S. Catholic Church whose positive example remains relevant today.

Goodnight will play the role of Father Tolton — the first American diocesan priest of African descent — in a new one-man drama produced by Saint Luke Productions. Several performances will take place in St. Louis later this month.

Student-run health clinic fills critical need for foot care

Rosie Booker said she is ticklish, but nonetheless appreciates the health clinic run by St. Louis University medical students, including Jackson Toth, who talked with her while caring for her feet. Routine care includes foot washing and evaluation, nail clipping and callous sanding, with referrals made for advanced needs.

Rosie Booker took a bus, then walked to the Health Resource Center Foot Health Clinic at St. Anthony's Food Pantry in south St. Louis.

She understands the need to take care of her feet because she's often walking to go shopping or to appointments. Besides, she said, "walking is good for you."

Catholic school teachers honored for dedication to teaching

Four Catholic school teachers were among 109 St. Louis-area educators who received Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards in a ceremony Nov. 12 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

Selected by the Catholic Education Office, the archdiocese's 2017 Emerson class consists of: Laurie Clarkson of Sacred Heart (Troy); Katherine Compton of St. Rose of Lima (DeSoto); Karen Pollmann of St. Gerard Majella (Kirkwood); and Becky Struckel of Assumption (Mattese).

Incarnate Word Sisters to establish space in St. Louis City for novitiate, community living

A former banquet hall will become a new space for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, a home for the community's novitiate and a place to promote intergenerational and intercultural living.

The sisters, based in San Antonio, purchased the 5,600-square-foot building in the Tower Grove South neighborhood of south St. Louis earlier this spring. Sisters Cathy Vetter and Helena Monahan, along with a novice, Miriam Bannon, will be the first residents. The house is undergoing renovations and is expected to be completed by spring.

Next Mass Mob Nov. 26 celebrates feast of Christ the King in University City

Tucked away in a diverse neighborhood in the heart of University City, Christ the King Parish considers itself a well-kept secret of the neighborhood.

Parishioner Mary Fox, who was born and raised here, described the parish as "an extended part of my family." Fox, who went on to raise her own family in University City, noted that the people are "very supportive in your time of need. The people turn to you before you ask."

Fontbonne aids a Criminal Justice Ministry enterprise

Mike Tverdick checked the manual for a surger donated to the Criminal Justice Ministry by the Tacony Corporation. The machine will help the ministry with a program in which clients produce pet products for sale.

After spending three hours with the manual, Mike Tverdick figured out how to operate the surger.

It was no easy feat, but Tverdick, who worked in the Air Force as a mechanic, was up to the task. His efforts will make the work of creating ravel-free seams, tight overlock stitches and decorative edging much easier for a program offered by the Criminal justice Ministry.

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