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'Renaissance' begins

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Schools lay out red carpet for renaissance in North County 

By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@archstl.org | twitter:@jenniferbrinker

 The red carpet was rolled out bright and early on Aug. 16 for students at St. Ferdinand School. While it was there to welcome them back on their first day, it also was symbol of the renaissance in Catholic education that's rolling out in North County schools.

GOD’S PERFECT CREATION

Illustration by Lisa Johnston; 
eclipse image by Andre Adrian | EPA

Let this sink in for a minute — the last total solar eclipse to occur in the St. Louis area was in 1442.

St. Louis was founded 322 years later. Prior to that, the St. Louis area was a major settlement for Native Americans, including Osage and Illiniwek tribes, who likely would have witnessed the last solar eclipse here — perhaps from the top of the Cahokia Mounds.

New assignment makes summer ‘a little unique’

Father Ed Nemeth, pastor at Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church and principal of Valle Catholic High School, sat in his office on July 20 while being interviewed. Father Nemeth wrapped up his duties as principal of St. Puis X High School at the conclusion of the school year before transferring to Ste. Genevieve and has been working tirelessly to get acquainted with and help the community.

On one hand, "summer vacation" was typical for Father Ed Nemeth. Like every other Catholic school administrator in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, he wrapped up the past school year, then went right into preparations for the next.

‘Men for Christ’

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As the sun set on the second day of Kenrick-Glennon Days on June 6, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson mingled with seminary alumni priests who had come to support the seminarians, counselors and campers at the annual summer camp.

It had been a good day. The boys opened the day with morning prayer, participated in fun-filled activities — including baptism practice — before and after mid-day Mass, then competed in evening Water Olympics, the culmination of fun times at camp.

Seminarians serve as “ambassadors for Christ” at Kenrick-Glennon Days

For Theology III seminarian Tony Ritter, Kenrick-Glennon Days marked the first time he viewed priests as regular guys who enjoy sports and have fun, not as mystery men who wear robes or act serious all the time.

Same with seminarians David Halfmann, a senior in the Cardinal Glennon College program, and Patrick Russell, a Theology III classmate of Ritter. In fact, former campers among seminarians, whether in college or theology programs, tell similar stories about seeing priests as normal people for the first time and opening their hearts and minds to discern God's calling.

Read, Right, Run Marathon has a calming effect

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Outside, the kindergarten through fifth-graders were chatty, energetic and a bit difficult to corral at times.

But once inside Alexian Brothers Sherbrooke Village nursing home, the St. Mark School students were calm and focused. The difference? A couple big bags full of books and a task of reading the books to some of the residents at tables in a commons area.

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