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Fontbonne elects trustee chairman

Five Catholic non-profits named as top workplaces in St. Louis

Sedrick Williams, a case manager at Marygrove, worked with Nicholas, who made his daily check in at the University of St. Louis web portal to check in on financial aid.  Having been moved around in 14 different foster homes, the high school senior found inner strength at Marygrove and is graduating with honors to go and study engineering at Mizzou starting this summer. Marygrove have often been through multiple, failed placements in other residential facilities or foster homes. Many come from abusive, violent and severely disruptive family situations; some come from failed adoptions; and, in a few instances, children are discharged from psychiatric hospitals directly to Marygrove. Most of the residents are diagnosed with behavioral and psychiatric disorders as a result of abuse and neglect.

Rewards come in small but special moments for Marygrove employees

Like, at a grocery story, when a former resident, all grown up now, warmly greets a staffer who positively influenced his life.

"That's very powerful," said Kathryn Feldt, Marygrove's chief development officer.

Or when they see Marygrove youngsters play for the first time on sports teams or learn to swim, ride bikes or to drive. Or when they see on Facebook that a former resident lists Florissant as his home town because, well, that's where Marygrove is.

Review captures 22 Catholic press awards for writing, photography and general excellence


The St. Louis Review and Catholic St. Louis magazine earned 22 awards for writing, photography, design, multimedia and general excellence at the 2016 Catholic Press Association awards ceremony June 3 in St. Louis.

The Review won third place in general excellence in weekly newspapers with circulation of 25,001 or more. Judges wrote that the paper “presented a variety of articles and viewpoints on topics ranging from the relationship of fish and Lent to the homeless community, to safety in Catholic schools. Great writing.”

Archdiocesan briefs

Fontbonne names 'Catholic thought' chair

Archdiocese named among top 100 workplaces

The Archdiocese of St. Louis was recognized recently by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a top workplace in St. Louis. Human resources assistant Nancy Svoboda gave newly hired network engineer Michael Sawyer a tour of the Cardinal Rigali Center on his first day of work. The Cardinal Rigali Center complex is a converted seminary building that houses curia staff and archdiocesan offices.

Michael Sawyer wheeled off Laclede Station Road onto Archbishop May Drive, then marveled at the beautiful edifice coming up on his right -- the Cardinal Rigali Center, formerly home of Kenrick Seminary and, as of June 29, his place of employment.

"This is probably the most beautiful building I've ever worked in, bar none; it's fantastic," said Sawyer, who worked in "some beautiful palaces" in a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan as part of a four-year hitch with the United States Army. "This is definitely the prettiest, by far."

Catholic Education Center retirees reflect on their experiences and hopes for the future

Five employees of the archdiocesan Catholic Education Center are retiring or moving on to other pursuits this month. The St. Louis Review asked each of them three questions: What have your learned during your time at the Catholic Education Center? What is your favorite memory? and What do you plan to do next?

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