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‘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.

Academic Enrichment Program supports growth of high-achieving students

Avonelle Lindon piped whipped egg whites for meringue cookies, one of the baked goods she sells through her company, Tic Tac Dough. She started the non-profit bakery as part of the Academic Enrichment Program at Our Lady of Lourdes School in University City, where she is in seventh grade.

While many students hit the books after school, Avonelle Lindon is working away in the kitchen, perfecting her latest baking project.

Coconut nest cupcakes — complete with miniature "eggs" — and sunny-side-up meringues with lemon curd were on the seventh-grader's menu as she recently worked on spring recipes.

Beyond Sunday pays off in school, PSR grants

“Mine’s raining!” exclaimed first-grader Nathan Frein, 7, while doing an experiment about precipitation on April 11 at the St. Michael the Archangel
campus of Holy Cross Academy. Students predicted how much blue water needed to be added to a cloud of shaving cream to make it “rain” —
the heavier blue water descending through the cloud and into the cup. Holy Cross Academy has been awarded a grant from the Roman Catholic
Foundation of Eastern Missouri to improve its STREAM curriculum.

Catholic school students already have benefited from the Beyond Sunday capital campaign, and now Parish Schools of Religion (PSR), Catholic grade schools and high schools will do the same.

School’s volunteer-led effort taps students’ creativity

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The first-grade students listened patiently and watched as parent-volunteers used a Smartboard to explain the purpose and method of making prayer flags common in Tibet.

Next, they received a sample of symbols they could draw on their colorful square flag. Ella Torrez chose a fleur de lis "because I live in St. Louis and also because I like Mary because she's nice to the baby Jesus," she said.

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