A bishop’s efforts led to origins of St. Louis University

St. Louis University was located in this building at Washington and Ninth Streets in Downtown St. Louis until moving to its current campus in 1888.

St. Louis University grew from a few dozen students in a rented house to 13,000 students on campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain.

Bishop Louis William DuBourg founded the university in 1818 as St. Louis Academy. It was considered the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi.

Housed in a private residence near the Mississippi River, it later was known as St. Louis College.

TWENTY SOMETHING | ‘Priest holes’ and history lessons help us embrace our ancient faith

Nicholas Owen was canonized 364 years after his death.

Such is often the case with the Catholic Church, charged with curating a 2,000-year treasure trove of saints and stories, rovers and relics.

Owen's tale is unlike any other. Born in Oxford, England, in the mid-16th century, his devout family prepared him well for his remarkable life's work. His father was as a carpenter who taught him the trade. Two older brothers became priests, bringing the sacraments to a hungry community.

TWENTY SOMETHING | History and humility: an old man’s plea to young adults

The old man with the typewriter would like to say to certain people among us: Don't be a blockhead.

David McCullough's bestselling new book, "The American Spirit," takes up a cause he has long championed, lends it added urgency and aims it squarely at young adults.

"We are raising a generation of young Americans who are by and large historically illiterate," McCullough writes.

Volunteering with Honor Flight is highlight for DB student

Wil Heimberger dressed as a World War II-era soldier at a recent Honor Flight homecoming in front of a display with memorabilia he brought. The Bishop DuBourg High School student volunteers with the Honor Flight organization.

Bishop DuBourg High School has an authority on an important era in U.S. history — World War II — although Wil Heimberger isn't a teacher or a visitor from that era.

Heimberger is a student who's taken his interest beyond a hobby to volunteer at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services' Mother of Perpetual Help assisted living and the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight.

Msgr. Witt carries on legacy of chronicling history of Catholic St. Louis

Msgr. Michael Witt has portrayed Father Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary, who along with Louis Joliet, were the first Europeans to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River. Msgr. Witt has published the first volume of a four-part series entitled, “Saint Louis: The Story of Catholic Evangelization of America’s Heartland.”

In 1673, a canoe filled with explorers landed at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. They were in search of the great "Northern Mystery" — a body of water that was said to connect the central part of the American continent to the Pacific Ocean.

Highlighting 100 years of Kenrick Seminary/Cardinal Rigali Center

Seminarians fry fish circa 1916. Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of St. Louis Archives

Father Thomas Wyrsch recalls hanging out in the library on the first floor at Kenrick Seminary, studying with cups of Joe on a snowy day in Shrewsbury in the mid-1970s.

A pope — then-Papal Secretary of State Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli — visited Kenrick Seminary on a tour through the United States in 1936. Three years later, he became Pope Pius XII, among many dignitaries who visited the campus over the years.

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