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Editorial | Spreading God’s love — to everyone

A phrase often repeated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis is "We serve people not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic."

It's commonly heard at Catholic Charities of St. Louis, which receives funding from the Annual Catholic Appeal. It's evident in this issue of the Review in a story about a dinner prepared by recent refugees from Syria as a fundraiser for them. Several Catholics who attended the dinner or are part of a group that reached out to the refugees expressed that point in answering why they are welcoming their neighbors.

Baba ghanoush, tabouli, yebra and — welcome!

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Asked to give a review of her meal, Lori Korn gushed in her praise.

The baba ghanoush — a dish of mashed, cooked eggplant — "excellent, very smoky and delicious." The tabouli — parsley, tomato and other ingredients in a cabbage cup — "very, very fresh." And the yebra — meat and rice wrapped in grape leaves — "tender and tasty," said the woman from Boston visiting family in St. Louis.

Caroline Springer, a teacher and co-moderator of the U.N. Women Club at Ursuline Academy, was equally effusive, repeating the word "delicious."

Vianney star catches baseballs, Catholic faith

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The chapel at St. John Vianney High School was packed with close to 200 people for the Easter Vigil, including a number of the baseball players who came to support their teammate who was baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist for the first time.

Andrew Keck, a catcher on the baseball team who was named to the All Metro Team last season, said around Lent every year he had thought about becoming a Catholic. His mom was raised Catholic, he said, and didn't have him baptized, wanting him to make the decision on his own.

Gymnasium becomes sacred space

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For about five minutes on April 24, The Ray DeGreeff Gymnasium at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School sounded like, well, a gymnasium.

Similar to a sporting event, raucous cheering filled the gym as school president Father Kevin Schmittgens welcomed the region's elementary Catholic schools, whose students had taken up residence in the bleachers and floor seating. They whooped, hollered and otherwise celebrated at hearing their school's names.

After recognizing the schools, Father Schmittgens uttered the magic word – prayer.

‘THIS IS MY PILGRIMAGE’

In the middle of a recent afternoon, Alice Prince called about a dozen managers into her office for a quick pep talk.

After updating them on the recent death of her father-in-law, Prince took a few minutes to thank them for stepping in during her absence and encouraged them in their work at the St. Louis Agency on Training and Education.

‘Historic agreement’ enhances seminary, SLU relationship

St. Louis University president Fred Pestello, left, and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson signed an agreement that will confer undergraduate degrees from SLU to the graduates of Cardinal Glennon College, although they will still study at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The agreement was signed April 23 in the Kenrick Board Room at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

After the official signing of the collaborative agreement between the archdiocese and St. Louis University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary academic dean Ed Hogan suggested an action to seal the deal.

"Can we make our first official act one of prayer?" asked Hogan, who quickly received universal approval from the small gathering April 23 in the Kenrick Boardroom at Cardinal Rigali Center.

What an appropriate way to begin the landmark agreement, which Archbishop Robert J. Carlson called, simply, "historic."

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