Catholic attorney protects rights of people of Islamic faith

Robert West, a graduate of St. Louis Priory School and St. Louis University, serves as staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and works on civil rights cases. He sees a lot of parallels with Muslims, especially recent immigrants, and Catholic immigrants centuries ago, and is inspired by Catholic social teaching. He is helping the Alnusour family who say they have been under threats from a neighbor in south St. Louis. West visited their home and spoke with Eyad and his wife, Laila.

The young family — dad, mom and three children — is happy with their two-story home in south St. Louis, in a normally quiet residential area.

But they fear they may have to move from their home of more than a year and a half after encountering what they see as a bullying neighbor motivated by his hatred of Muslims.

SLU scholarship inspired by making positive change post-Ferguson

St. Louis University graduate Brian Shelton has established a scholarship in honor of St. Peter Claver, with service to the community as a required component of the award. Hana Dagne, an immigrant from Ethiopia is the first recipient of the scholarship. The freshman is studying biochemistry and tutoring for students at North Campus, a community centered around educating children in north city. She was on the SLU campus.

Brian Shelton remembers sitting in the congregation as Archbishop Robert J. Carlson delivered a homily at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in August 2015, on the one-year anniversary of shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Shelton was deeply moved by what the archbishop said — that a culture of systemic racism had been uncovered, and healing and justice can only be achieved through respect for one another and a commitment to help others.

Doctor: ‘Maybe God is telling me abortion is wrong’

Dr. Vansen Wong, a former abortionist, spoke at St. Louis University.  The talk was  hosted by Students for Life and SLU med Students for Life.

Dr. Vansen Wong delicately held the clear instrument before the crowd who came to hear him speak at St. Louis University

"It looks like a fairly innocuous device," he said as he displayed a cannula, an instrument used to suction a baby from a mother's womb. "It's the size of a large straw and it's bendable, but it's also been responsible for the deaths of millions of unborn babies."

Catholic Studies Centre at SLU draws together faith, reason

Father David Meconi (left), SJ, and St. Louis University students Meghan Campbell, Adam O'Neill and Caleb Wiseman had an evening meal together Monday during a meeting of the Campion Society at the new Catholic Studies Center on the SLU campus.

The new Catholic Studies Centre at St. Louis University is the Jesuit institution's latest step in fulfilling a mission of seeking God in all things.

The center opened this summer in the former Marion Rumsey-Cartier Hall, which for years served as the residence of SLU's president. The three-story building now houses several academic offices: the Catholic Studies Program, introduced in 2014 as a minor; the College of Philosophy and Letters, the Jesuit scholastics' program; and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Director puts Billiken Teacher Corps in ‘Teach Me’ mode

Father Ronny O’Dwyer, SJ, director of the Billiken Teacher Corp at St. Louis University, was welcomed to the university at a reception Aug. 11 at SLU’s Pere Marquette Gallery in St. Louis.

New and returning members of the Billiken Teacher Corps were in for a ride after the program of St. Louis University's School of Education named its first director.

SLU baseball captures attention with strong team

St. Louis University sophomore reliever Robert Plohr pitched against Rockhurst University April 16 at SLU. Plohr said he applies to the Billiken team the familial team spirit he learned at Christian Brothers College High School.

A hidden gem in the St. Louis sports scene is St. Louis University's baseball team, which is using a mix of local and out-of-state players to provide a quality product in a city well-known for its support of its beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

The Billikens had a 28-16 record after a 13-4 loss to Eastern Illinois April 28. They lost a recent three-game series on the road against Fordham, but that followed a 17-4 drubbing of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a sweep of the University of Massachusetts in a three-game home series.

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