Catholic Charities makes headway in addressing poverty

St. Patrick Center and Pacific Dental Services Foundation held a free mobile dentistry clinic for clients. Dr.Adam Battaglia examined a clients teeth and said all he needed was a good cleaning.

Theresa Ruzicka, president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, is proud of her organization's efforts to help break the cycle of poverty, empowering people to make permanent changes in their lives and support their efforts to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.

Ruzicka was interviewed by the St. Louis Review after being named among the recipients of the Most Influential Business Women Awards from the St. Louis Business Journal. The award was presented to her Aug. 11.

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Pope Francis, in a few meaningful words, can pull together the work of our hands and the yearning of our hearts and minds. In his brief address Feb. 9 to the Congregation of Catholic Education at the Vatican, he affirmed the mission-rich approach to education embraced by Fontbonne University and other Catholic Universities.

‘We will be protected by God,’ Trump declares in inaugural address

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan delivered the invocation before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the country’s 45th president at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump told the nation in his inaugural address that it need not fear in the days ahead.

"There should not be fear," Trump said Jan. 20. "We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and, most important, we will be protected by God."

Catholics’ postelection to-do list: work for unity, healing

U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with President-elect Donald Trump at a Nov. 10 meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON — All the distrust, vitriol and rancor stirred up during the 2016 presidential election campaign did not go away when votes were tallied.

The Nov. 8 election's outcome, for many, only added more layers of frustration, anger and fear, prompting dozens of protests across the country.

Political leaders, including Hillary Clinton, President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama, acknowledged the disunity and urged people after the election to try to work together.

Priests filling key roles at archdiocesan high schools

Marianist Father Richard Wosman chatted with seniors in an unstructured study hall Aug. 31 at the high school. Fr. Wosman is the new president of John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester. He previously was the president of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.

A native of St. Louis, he has been a teacher, coach/director, campus minister and school administrator during his career in secondary Catholic education. He began at St. Mary's High School in south St. Louis as an English teacher and served St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood as principal then president from 1994-2002. 

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With declining numbers among priests and religious, the trend has been toward the laity taking administrative leadership positions in Catholic high schools, whether presidents or principals.

But that's in private schools.

Archdiocese of St. Louis high schools have not only bucked that trend but done the opposite this year. Priests have replaced laymen as presidents at two schools, and a priest has replaced a fellow priest in that role at another.

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