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Papa Palooza is like “an old-fashioned family picnic”

The excitement around the upcoming World Meeting of Families in August won't just be limited to crowds in Dublin, Ireland. On Saturday, July 28, the archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life will bring the festivities to St. Louis, hosting the second-ever "Papa Palooza."

"I think the greatest part about it is the fact that it brings families together," said Julie Bostick, executive director of the Office of Laity and Family Life.

The first Papa Palooza, in 2015, celebrated Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. for the world meeting in Philadelphia that year.

ITEST emphasizes faith-science link

Karen Sepe visited with her patient, 13-month-old Jacobi, in a patient room at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital on June 26. Sepe recently spoke at St. Cletus Parish on the link between science and faith thanks to a grant to ITEST. Sepe said that a continuing education class in which she was able to hold a human brain overwhelmed her with the complexity of God’s creation.

For nurse practitioner Karen Sepe, a parishioner of St. Cletus in St. Charles, the defining moment for her career at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital occurred in continuing education: a brain and spine symposium at her alma mater, Saint Louis University.

She studied the spine first, then came the brain ...

She got to hold an actual human brain, such a delicate organ, and was overwhelmed at the beauty and complexity of God's creation.

‘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, dioceses benefit from affiliation with Gregorian University

The affiliation of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary with Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome took several years to complete, but implementation was swift for Theology IV seminarians — guys to be ordained priests this year — at the seminary in Shrewsbury.

"As I explained to them, 'Gentlemen, the reward for work well done is usually more work,'" interim academic dean Ed Hogan said, with a laugh.

The seminarians also laughed at the quip, but kidding aside, "they took it seriously," Hogan said.

Pastor as CEO • Course gives priests key business principles to lead parishes

It had been quite a few years since Father Timothy Foy studied business: 17, to be exact.

"Fundamentals In Accounting, at St. Louis University in 2000," he said. "It had been a long time."

As an aerospace engineer — he later worked for Boeing — he focused his energy elsewhere. Then, after entering Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, his focus clearly wasn't on accounting. Who goes to seminary to learn about business?

"That isn't the general inspiration," he quipped.

Midshipman answers the call at Kenrick-Glennon

While attending the U.S. Naval Academy last year, current seminarian Andrew Hunt, left, realized that the call to the priesthood was stronger than his desire to stay at the Academy. He credits the Catholic community at the Naval Academy with encouraging his discernment.

With an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Andrew Hunt seemed to have his plans set for at least the next nine years, maybe more.

He'd spend four years at the academy in Annapolis, Md., then five more as a commissioned officer in the Navy. After that, he'd either become career military, just as his father, John, was for 34 years in the Air Force, or parlay his Naval experience into a rewarding career.

Either way, it seemed that he would fulfill the dreams nurtured by tagging along as a young child with his dad to Scott Air Force Base in Mascoutah, Ill.

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