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St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf embraces rapidly changing approaches to deaf education

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Dr. Liz Welch, an audiologist at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, examined Jennings Miller’s ears during a visit.

As Cora Buck squished a bright green lump of modeling dough between her fingers, she let out a little laugh when a teacher put some on her nose.

"Are you making a snake?" Cheryl Broekelmann asked the wide-eyed child during a recent visit to the classroom. "Is that a scary snake? Say, no, it's a happy snake. Can you show me your happy face? Happy!" Cora gritted her lower teeth to make a silly smile, eliciting laughter from her teachers.

‘Convent crawl’ gives an experience of diversity in religious life

Sister Brenda Fritz, DC, worked with piano student Nyeal Biedenstein Feb. 6 as part of the after-school Presentation Arts Center at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish in Overland.

The former chapel in the convent building at Our Lady of the Presentation Church years ago was subdivided into two small rooms, an informal entry/waiting area and an office.

Nothing extraordinary about it ... except God's work still happens in that space.

Whereas the sounds of Mass or the silence of prayer once dominated, the musical notes of joy now fill the air. Under the auspice of Sister Brenda Fritz, DC, the parish's music director, the convent has been transformed into the Presentation Arts Center, an arts ministry thriving in its first year.

Three-campus tour celebrates legacy of St. Joseph’s Academy

St. Joseph’s Academy juniors Julia Rowan, Riley Durham and Rose Garr worked on a power-point presentation in world religions class. St. Joseph’s Academy is celebrating 175 years with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and their mission to provide Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge and respect for self and others.

Allison Thomas contemplated the question for a moment:

What would it have been like to be a student in the first year of St. Joseph's Academy, then known affectionately as Madame Celestine's School, way back in 1840?

"It'd definitely be different," the St. Joseph's junior said, noting that the original log-cabin school doubled as home for the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. "It'd be a lot smaller. There'd be more intimate classes; it'd be more personal (between) the teachers and students."

Brian Matz explores Catholic thought, enriches Catholic identity at Fontbonne

Brian Matz, center, associate professor of history, philosophy and religion at Fontbonne University, was named Fontbonne University’s Carondelet Chair in Catholic Thought. The position is an interdisciplinary role intended to enrich the intellectual climate of the university and strengthen its Catholic identity.

Brian Matz has been on the job at Fontbonne University since August, quietly going about his business as an associate professor in the religious studies department and as the Carondelet Chair of Catholic Thought, an endowed chair of Fontbonne's founders and sponsors — the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Mainly, that has involved teaching. Students have been sponging his vast knowledge about the history of the Roman Catholic Church and its significant impact on Western culture.

St. Joseph’s Academy rings in school year with resurrection of decades-old chapel bell

Frontenac mayor Keith Krieg read a proclamation at a celebration marking the beginning of the school year at St. Joseph's Academy. The all-girls school, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, marked its 175th anniversary by ringing the school chapel bell, which hasn't sounded since the 1960s.

St. Joseph's Academy officially rang in the school year on a Friday morning in late August.

"Literally," as student council president Marcy Hannick put it.

At precisely 8:46 a.m., Aug. 28, as students counted down from 10 seconds, Sister Carol Gerondale, CSJ, did the honors, ringing the chapel bell that hadn't sounded in more than 50 years, since the early 1960s.


Series meant to open young adults' eyes to discerning vocation

Abby Unverferth, 24, prayed at the “Come Catch the Fire” series Nov. 13 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse.

Sarah Harbaugh remembers the first time she was asked the question.

As a student at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, Ill., one of her teachers, a sister with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, asked Harbaugh if she had considered religious life.

She laughed a little and said, "No."

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