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New school year marks opening of four new elementary schools

This month four new Catholic elementary schools and one learning center will open their doors, schools formed from the mergers of parishes and schools in the Northeast County and South City deaneries.

St. Katharine Drexel School is at 5831 S. Kingshighway, at the site of the former Our Lady of Sorrows School. The new school will serve the children of Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Mary Magdalen parishes, whose two schools merged. Rebecca Finnegan, former principal at St. Mary Magdalen School, is the principal.

Local Catholics reflect on life of Pope John Paul II following his death in 2005

The death of Pope John Paul II April 2 brought responses from throughout the archdiocese, as Catholics and nonCatholics mourned the loss of the pope they remembered for, among other things, his 1999 visit to St. Louis. The Review also published comments from local people last week.

Sister Prejean: Catholic faith motivates a thirst for justice

Her Catholic faith motivates her thirst for justice, "Dead Man Walking" author Sister Helen Prejean said in St. Louis Feb. 16.

The Sister of St. Joseph of Medaille spoke to a standing-room only crowdof more than 850 at St. Louis University.

A 2005 Q&A about St. Stanislaus Parish

1. If the corporate structure of St. Stanislaus was acceptable to Archbishop Kenrick in 1891, why is Archbishop Burke requiring a change now?

School looks outside of box for technology funding

When St. Roch School needed a technology update last year, administrators looked outside the general budget for funding.

They found help from parishioners, parents and alumni of the West End school, who came up with $125,000 to complete the project.

"I am so grateful," said Gloria Openlander, St. Roch principal. "The whole school and parish community and the alumni responded to our request. People worked so hard for this. I have been really impressed with how generous they have been."

Different missions, common goal for pro-life couple

Samuel and Gloria Lee aren’t sure if 20 years ago they could picture themselves where they are today.

"We just wanted to open a bookstore," Gloria Lee said with a chuckle.

But the two are far from that, a whirlwind dream conceived around the time the two were married 21 years ago. Instead, the duo have joined the ranks of perhaps the most notable members of the local pro-life movement. Their worlds are different, yet the same in how they work to promote a culture of life.

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