By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @josephkenny2
The board of the Missouri Foundation for Health has approved a grant of up to $25,000 for Catholic Charities. The funding will provide case management at the drop-in center in Dellwood for people affected by the street blockings, damages and other disruptions caused by the protests and subsequent violence in Ferguson following the shooting of an unarmed man by a police officer.
Joseph Kenny | email@example.com | twitter: @josephkenny2
When Patrick J. Connaghan, probate commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri in St. Louis, received an award at the spring conference of the National College of Probate Judges, he used the opportunity to assist and bring attention to the good works of a Catholic Charities agency.
The Judge Isabella Horton Grant Guardianship Award recognizes and encourages achievements in the field of guardianships of minors and adults. The award is $1,000, along with funding for the recipient to attend the spring conference. Connaghan gave the funds to the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry.
Skydiving, bungee jumping and swimming with dolphins might sound like typical bucket-list wishes, but for 42-year-old Willie Deuster, it's just a way of life.
With such an extensive list of adventurous experiences, one would never guess that Deuster was born with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects the use of his limbs and makes a wheelchair a necessity for getting around.
It's no wonder he gained the nickname Wild Man Willie with all of his thrill-seeking adventures. In fact, the name stems from Deuster's very first adventure -- skiing -- nearly 10 years ago.
Citing Pope Francis' leadership and example, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and other speakers at the Catholic Charities of St. Louis Legislative Breakfast April 4 asked legislators to keep the needs of the poor close to their hearts.
Eighteen state legislators were on hand at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton, including the president pro tem of the state Senate and the majority floor leader of the House, plus a staff member from Gov. Jay Nixon's office and Sen. Roy Blunt's office. Also attending were board members of Catholic Charities agencies and others.
Thomas Duff has been named the new executive director of Catholic Family Services.
Duff, a licensed clinical social worker, has more than 14 years of experience working as a clinician and administrator. Since 2006, he has served as a treatment manager and director for United Methodist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon, Ill. He oversaw programmatic and fiscal integrity for a number of programs. Duff is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Illinois Sex Offender Management Board. He also serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Illinois.
Theresa Lynch Ruzicka will begin work as the new president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis on March 10. She currently is a partner with RubinBrown LLP, working in the Entrepreneurial Services Group.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the announcement Feb. 7. Ruzicka served as a board member of Catholic Charities of St. Louis from 2008 until late last year when she applied for the position of president.