Building project foretells promising future

As older students at St. Rose of Lima School in De Soto enjoyed recess on the adjoining playground, parish pastor Father Alex Anderson gave a quick tour of the fenced-in construction zone next to the school.

With just the footings and forms tracing the new building's perimeter, he pointed out the coming attractions at St. Rose Hall: the stage, the kitchen and the 40-foot-by-80-foot open area at the heart of the building — a mini-gymnasium for physical-education classes, sports practices and recess, as well parish functions.

Kenrick-Glennon nears capacity

Kenrick-Glennon seminarians David Halfmann, left, and Tim Markowski joked in the refectory at the seminary. Kenrick-Glennon is almost at capacity, with 132 men filling up all but one of the 133 spots at the seminary.

In his fourth year at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, David Halfmann has noticed a subtle difference in the first few weeks of the academic year.

There are more seminarians than before.

"Every day I meet three or four more people," said Halfmann, a senior in the Cardinal Glennon College program. "It used to be you'd walk into class and know everybody. Nowadays, I walk into class and don't know half of them. ... I enjoy seeing familiar faces and meeting the new guys."

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary enrollment still climbing

Jacob Brock, from St. Louis, and Tylor Starkey, fom Knoxville, Tenn., juniors at Cardinal Glennon College, prepared for Evening Prayer in the chapel at the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

Brandon Roth had been attending Kenrick-Glennon Seminary for a week or so, and is glad to be at a place full of men with the same goal — to serve God and His people.

"Everyone is friendly, here to support each other. It's nice to be with all these guys," said Roth, who is from Perryville. He began thinking about the priesthood in his junior year at St. Vincent de Paul High School. He attended Mineral Area College, a two-year community college in Park Hills, before entering the seminary as a sophomore in the Cardinal Glennon College program.

Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has largest enrollment in 15 years

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Daniel Prize, a first-year theology seminarian, prayed evening prayer at Kenrick-Glennon during the school’s orientation.

Mitchell Baer was an eighth-grader when he first received a pamphlet about a Come and See weekend at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. Growing up in an active Catholic household, the idea of one day becoming a priest was not far from his mind. During his sophomore year at Rockwood Summit High School, Baer decided to visit so he could learn a little more about seminary life.

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