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Confident Villa Duchesne team helps coach to 200th win

Villa Duchesne's Arden Duffy made a long reach for the ball. Villa Duchesne won their match 2-0.

Confidence goes a long way in sports.

Villa Duchense's field hockey team is riding a wave of confidence into the playoffs, having defeated major rivals and solid St. Joseph's Academy, Lafayette and Cor Jesu Academy teams during the season.

Brooke Behan, a Villa Duchesne junior, said the team's four seniors lead the way. "We have a younger team without many seniors, but the seniors we do have are very strong," Behan said. "We've known since the beginning of the season that we've wanted to be very successful ... we are headed to postseason and are very excited about it."

The joy of giving

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With the Annual Catholic Appeal and Beyond Sunday capital campaign running simultaneously in late spring, it would have been understandable if either or both fell short of monetary goals.

But this is the Rome of the West.

As usual, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis opened their hearts, contributed generously and made both smashing successes.

Catholic officials applaud Illinois’ new scholarship tax credit program

PEORIA, Ill. — Catholic officials in Illinois are applauding state education funding reforms that include a scholarship tax credit program designed to provide up to $75 million a year in scholarships for qualifying students attending nonpublic schools.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly debated reforms Aug. 31 at Ebinger Elementary School in Chicago.

"Today we are making Illinois history," said Rauner, claiming the legislation ensures that "every child in Illinois has an equal chance at an excellent education."

St. Louis Catholic schools respond to hurricane relief efforts

Students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge via a Facebook video to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

It began with a video on Facebook — students at St. Norbert School in Florissant offered a friendly challenge to neighboring students at St. Ferdinand and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne to collect change for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

St. Norbert students got a head start. From an out-of-uniform day held Aug. 29, students collected $910.85.

Opportunity to grow prayer life gains in popularity

Map courtesy of John Schwob, Director of Pastoral Planning

An opportunity to grow in prayer and relationship with Christ is expanding in the archdiocese due to the program's popularity.

About 50 people participated at four parish locations in 2014 when Oremus was offered to the first cohort of the archdiocesan Lay Formation Program. Now, with the eight-week Catholic prayer study course offered around the archdiocese, participation and number of sites have mushroomed.

Lwanga honoree: Youth ministry is about taking the ‘ink off paper and making it walk’

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Corliss Cox knows what it's like to do youth ministry with no money and no plan — and nothing but an intense trust in God and the ability to step out in faith.

Those were the early days of youth ministry for Cox, who was invited to work with the Ujima Youth Program, which became part of the Catholic Youth Council in the mid-1980s to address the needs of black Catholic teens. Several years prior, she had left a job in corporate America to stay home with her newborn son; by the time he turned three, she was looking to return to work.

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