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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.

Pilgrims cross Delmar Divide in act of unity

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A two-mile pilgrimage drawing attention to the history and reality of racism in St. Louis brought people of various ages, races and faiths together in an act of unity.

The "Crossing the Delmar Divide" pilgrimage Sept. 10 did just that — figuratively and literally. Starting at St. Louis University's clocktower, nearly 400 people walked through the streets of St. Louis. The pinnacle of the journey was a passage along Delmar Boulevard, a street that has become known as a visual example of the racial divide in St. Louis.

Girls are pumped about lessons learned on the run

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Mia Gordon, a fourth-grader, ran running drills with other girls at St. Ambrose School in a Girls on the Run practice. The school was selected for a special practice with Lisa Stone, women’s basketball coach at St. Louis University, and a few of the SLU women’s basketball players.

Third-grader Maddie Ruggeri and fourth-grader Eliza Kelly had just finished doing jumping jacks, running in place and laps inside the gym and playing a game that kept them moving. They were about to do more activities outside.

As participants in the Girls of the Run St. Louis program at St. Ambrose School in the "Hill" neighborhood of south St. Louis, they didn't want to talk about the fun exercises. Instead, they focused on the life lessons they were learning.

"I like it because girls can be themselves and express their feelings while having fun," Maddi said.

SLU discussion promotes ‘essential message’ of NFP on campus

Emma Harty and her husband, Troy Woytek, shared their personal story of using NFP. The couple uses the Marquette Method, an NFP method that incorporates the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor; they have three children. Woytek said he appreciates how using NFP has boosted the couple’s communication.

The meeting started with a simple question: Who's read "Humanae Vitae?"

Of the 60 or so people in the audience, only a few raised their hands.

As part of his discernment to the priesthood, Father David Meconi told the group he read Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on married love and parenting, which he jokingly called “the letter to the fallopians.”

Billiken Teacher Corps member glad to be in St. Louis

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Sarah Staten, left, worked with Maria Gilard on her pre-algebra assignment. Staten is part of the Billiken Teacher Corps, a St. Louis University program allowing graduate students to work toward a master’s degree in education while teaching in Catholic schools in the archdiocese. Staten’s classroom is filled with religious visuals, including the phrase “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,” the Latin motto of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), that translates “For the greater glory of God.”

As a University of Notre Dame undergraduate, Sarah Staten considered the school's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) for graduate studies, a program in its 22nd year. She'd earn a master's degree in education and gain practical, classroom experience teaching at a Catholic school.

Those aspects matched her aspirations, but one detail made it a non-starter: That Catholic school might be anywhere in the United States.

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