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From time to time, the Saint Louis Review publishes special sections relating to different areas of Catholic living, including Education, Senior Living, Christian Hope, Liturgical seasons, and more. Click on one of the links above to browse the most recent articles from that special section. You can read the most recent special section stories below.

Pastoral care: 'Hey, how are you?'

Sister Suzanne Giblin, CSJ, talked with Nec Tankosic, maintenance supervisor for the Cardinal Carberry campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, recently at Mary Qeen and Mother Center in Shrewsbury. Sister Suzanne's duties in pastoral care include tending to the needs of employees as well as residents and families.

As she walked the hallways of Mary Queen and Mother Center in Shrewsbury on a recent afternoon, Sister Suzanne Giblin had a smile and greeting for each person she met -- residents of the skilled nursing center, their families and staff.

"Hey, how are you?" she exclaimed as she approached a resident.

Sister Suzanne, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is a former teacher and administrator. While that work had it rewards, it doesn't match her current efforts. "I love what I do. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do," she said.

Nazareth 'Happy Hour' extends throughout ministry

Joyce Bunt joked with her mother, Marcella Koebbe, who is a resident at Nazareth Living Center.

Marcella Koebbe -- AKA the "Pretzel Lady" -- joined with her visiting family members at "Happy Hour" at Nazareth Living Center Sept. 17, listening to a piano player and enjoying conversation.

Koebe, whose father and husband operated the iconic, still family-owned Gus' Pretzels in south St. Louis, likes several things about living at Nazareth, an assisted living, skilled nursing and short-term rehab facility in Oakville. There's the music and the ice cream parlor that her visitors like so much too, but the main thing is the people and the fact that they are so easy to talk with, she said.

SLU's Catholic Cohort leads the way

Principals John Freitag from St. Peter School in Kirkwood and Pete Schroeder from St. Frances Cabrini Academy talked in a classroom at Chaminade Preparatory School during the final meeting of the Catholic Cohort program of St. Louis University.

St. Louis University, which has offered a master's degree in Catholic school leadership since the early 1980s, began a similar program for doctoral students in 2010. It is one of only three Catholic universities in the country with such a program.

The first class of the St. Louis University Catholic doctorate program has finished its coursework and its student members are completing their doctoral projects, which are team efforts among the students. The Catholic Cohort includes about 20 teachers, administrators, campus ministers and others connected with Catholic education.

Vision of Peace Hermitages: A place for silence, solitude

Vision of Peace Hermitages: A place for silence, solitude.  Photo by Claire Yallaly
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Educator's 'adventure' offers float trips on Missouri, Mississippi rivers

Mike Clark, a Catholic school teacher, is also the co-owner of Big Muddy Adventures.  The expedition company is a professional river guiding and outfitting company, located in St. Louis MO just downstream of the Confluence of the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.  He is pictured at daybreak on the Missouri River at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area .

We'll call him "Gumby" of the river -- a flexible river guide who can shape your experience however you'd like.

Just as the green, human-like clay figure of media fame is adaptable, Mike Clark can tailor guests' experiences along the Missouri or Mississippi rivers for St. Louis area day trips, full-moon floats, multi-day canoe campaign trips or more.

Parish couples' retreat planned at Eagle Hurst

Eagle Hurst Ranch is a relaxing family camp near Steeleville, Mo. Outside the dining lodge at the ranch is just one of the many little spots to relax with nature.

Eagle Hurst Ranch is the perfect setting for a weekend retreat, and several are held there every year, including a family retreat and a women's retreat, both run by the Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart.

A new retreat is being added this year -- for couples.

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