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New North County partnership school to be named All Saints Academy

A year after discussion began, three north St. Louis County Catholic schools will be entering into a new partnership model of governance.

All Saints Academy will bring together St. Ferdinand, St. Norbert and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Schools in Florissant. Each of the schools will continue to offer preschool through eighth grade at their own sites for the 2018-19 school year. The name of the new partnership school was announced Jan. 25, just before the beginning of Catholic Schools Week.

Generation Life pilgrims lead the charge in proclaiming that “Love Saves Lives” at annual March for Life

Participants from the Generation Life stood together at the March for Life. Michael Throm from St. Joseph Imperial is on his eighth March and waved a Generation Life flag at the rally in Washington DC.

Kurt Hufker huddled with his friends on the National Mall as they eagerly awaited for the March for Life to begin.

This was the first march for Kurt, who was with his youth group from Assumption Parish in Mattese. Researching life issues on his own, Kurt knew that abortion is wrong, and he wanted to come to stand up for life.

"Life is the most important thing we have," said the junior at St. Mary's High School. "If you can't protect life, what is there left to protect?"

Spiritual adoption of seminarians shines light on vocations

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As Mark Madden sat in front of the classroom, the children peppered him with questions:

What's your favorite food?

What's your favorite movie?

Do you like chicken nuggets?

What's your favorite book?

Then came the deeper questions — well, mostly. What's it like in the seminary? If you're on a silent retreat, are you still allowed to yell if a tree is falling down?

Local marches in solidarity with March for Life show strong pro-life witness

SATURDAY, JAN. 20, 2018 - A group participated Saturday in a March for Life and Rally hosted by the Middle School Ministry at St. Alban Roe Catholic School. The crowd marched from the school to Wildwood City Hall for a rally attended by Mayor Jim Bowlin. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

For about a half-hour on either side of noon Jan. 20, students and parishioners from St. Alban Roe Parish and School bore powerful witness to the pro-life movement.

About 200 people — 30 students in the middle-school youth ministry joined by roughly 170 parishioners of all ages, from babies to seniors — marched on the bike path along Highways 109 and 100, chanting, singing and carrying signs.

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Prayer, faith and good health

Can prayer, faith and belief in God make you healthy — physically, as well as spiritually and emotionally? Yes, according to dozens of studies over the past 20 years. In fact, Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health reported in 2015 that an analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies "indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health," according to Dr. Harold G. Koenig, center director and among the country's leading authorities on faith and healing.

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