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Disciples are needed to proclaim a gospel of life

Archbishop George J. Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha stood with priests during Mass at the Ninth Annual Archbishop’s Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast on May 3, 2018. Archbishop Lucas was the featured keynote speaker for the event. The St. Louis Chapter of Legatus was sponsor of the event.

Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb., was the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Archbishop's Gospel of Life Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 3, at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

More than 650 people attended the event, sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of Legatus. It was the largest attendance in the history of the program.

Archbishop Lucas, a native St. Louisan, spoke about what it means to be a disciple in supporting a Gospel of life.

'Next Chapter' explores life in retirement

Dr. Dan and Marlene Lischwe walked their dog, Sonny, around their neighborhood on May 7. The couple recently completed St. Louis University’s Next Chapter program, a six-month guided journey to help retirees and soon-to-be retirees discern their futures in the Ignatian Tradition.

Chris Brescia, and Marlene and Dr. Dan Lischwe certainly were part of the target audience for the first cohort of St. Louis University's "Next Chapter" program.

• Brescia, 64, was recently retired at the beginning of the program in September 2017. He jokingly refers to himself as "on sabbatical" while discerning his next step.

• Marlene Lischwe, 64, was semi-retired, still substitute teaching and also volunteering when the program began. She wanted to be on the same page with her husband, Dan, as retirement beckoned him.

Go To Bat for Kids provides unforgettable memories for kids

Carlos Williams threw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals’ game on April 20. Carlos had been selected through Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ Go to Bat for Kids campaign.

With three curved fingers hooked on top, and a thumb positioned underneath, Carlos Williams demonstrated how he held the baseball for his first-ever major-league pitch.

The 7-year-old threw the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game April 20 as part of Catholic Charities of St. Louis' Go to Bat for Kids campaign.

Later, Carlos showed off his newly prized possession, the ball signed by Cardinals pitcher Matt Bowman.

"That's how he told me to throw it," Carlos said of his expert advice. "And I was the only one that got to throw that ball."

ORDINATION SEASON

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson laid hands on Deacon Christopher Rubie at his ordination to the transitional diaconate last year.

On three Saturdays over a 29-day span, more than three dozen men — 34 in all — will process down the center aisle at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis en route to the rarest of the seven sacraments — Holy Orders.

The ordinations will occur in front of the ordinands' families and friends, seminarians, archdiocesan priests, visiting clergy, the St. Louis faithful and, most importantly, before God.

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