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Lay Formation Program begins with class of 125

A three-year lay formation program in the archdiocese for Catholic adults active in their parishes began Sept. 7 with 125 people from parishes across the archdiocese.

People are coming from all parts of the archdiocese to attend the program, which runs this year from Sept. 7 to May 7, meeting one Saturday a month. The program is coordinated by the Paul VI Pontifical Institute.

L'Arche founder to receive Pacem in Terris Award

Jean Vanier, founder of the International Federation of L'Arche Communities, will receive the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award July 7 in the village where he founded L'Arche in 1964.

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, an international federation of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together, will receive the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award.

For the first time in its history the Davenport-based award is being taken overseas, to France, where Davenport Bishop Martin J. Amos will present the award to Vanier July 7 in the village where he founded L'Arche in 1964.

Witnessing for Christ

John Bognar of Immaculate Conception Parish of Dardenne prayed before the Blessed Sacrament Feb. 2 in the adoration chapel during the Catholic Men for Christ Sixth Annual St. Louis Conference at the Peabody Opera House.

More than 1,100 men from throughout the archdiocese attended the sixth annual Catholic Men for Christ Conference, held Feb. 2 at the Peabody Opera House. The annual event is created by and for men to help them be better individuals, husbands, fathers and neighbors.

Speakers included Archbishop Robert J. Carlson; Allen Hunt, Catholic author and radio personality and former Methodist pastor; Father Larry Richards, founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation; pro-life physician Dr. Peter Danis; and Peter Herbeck of Missions for Renewal Ministries.

LIFE Runners race for the unborn

Jeffrey Pauls of Belleville, Ill., crossed the finish line at the Oct. 21 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Downtown with a time of 3:09:31. Pauls, who is a member of the Knights of Columbus, finished first of his team, The National Life Runners. His time achieved his goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. See Page 2.

The sun was just about to rise over the horizon in Downtown St. Louis as more than 15,000 runners poised themselves to start the second annual TASK Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Oct 21.

Scattered throughout the masses were more than 250 members of LIFE (Living in Faith Exchange) Runners, a national organization dedicated to raising funding and increasing prayer and awareness for pro-life issues. They participated in the half and full marathons and a 5K run/1-mile walk in Forest Park later in the day. The group was the largest team participating in the half and full marathons.

Pro-life organization, police work out new guidelines for conduct in front of Planned Parenthood

Brian Westbrook, executive director of Coalition for Life St. Louis, and others recently prayed outside of Planned Parenthood during the 40 Days for Life campaign.

A series of complaints about conduct in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis has led the leader of a local pro-life organization to meet with St. Louis Police to establish some helpful guidelines.

Brian Westbrook, executive director of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, said that in the past few months, police have responded to a number of calls from Planned Parenthood employees complaining about several issues, ranging from peace disturbance to false advertising and littering.

Mexico City Archdiocese calls for reform of labor unions

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexico City Archdiocese called on the country's Congress to approve an overhaul of labor laws that would require unions to open their books and elect leaders through secret ballot votes.

"The Church is conscious of the importance and necessity of unions in the present-day life of the country," the archdiocese said in an editorial published in its newspaper, Desde la Fe.

"We don't see why union leaders so sharply oppose (the reforms) instead of joining in and proposing initiatives that achieve the necessary equilibrium."

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