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Billiken Teacher Corps ‘rock stars’ pave way for successors

Members of the Billikens Teacher Corps were recognized at the “Celebrating Catholic Education Night” St. Louis University basketball game Feb. 20. The Billiken Teacher Corps is in the process of interviewing the next group of teachers for the Corps.

The inaugural Billiken Teacher Corps entered the program without a playbook or roadmap; it was learn on the go, plan on the fly.

Not so with the second class.

"We are so excited about people coming in," said Sarah Staten, a member of the inaugural Billiken Teacher Corps, who now number six. "We can give them advice, tell them what the program looks like. ... Then, they can train the new class after that."

The second class of Billiken teachers, now in the interview process, will number between four and eight.

St. Louis University scores for education with 'Celebrating Catholic Education Night'


Fitting that a player from a Catholic high school helped lead St. Louis University's mens basketball team to victory on Celebrating Catholic Education Night Feb. 20 at Chaifetz Arena on the SLU campus.

St. Louis University defeated another Catholic, Jesuit university, Fordham, 76-68 thanks in part to Jermaine Bishop's 17 points. He hit three 3-point shots and had a layup that put Billikens ahead 60-48. Then, after SLU's lead slipped to five points, he made a key basket for a 67-60 advantage, then hit two free throws down the stretch.

SLU basketball game to celebrate Catholic education

When Fathers Paul Hoesing and James Mason first met, the then-seminarians were playing pickup basketball at Pontifical North American College in Rome.

"It was a Tuesday," Father Hoesing said. "We always played Tuesday afternoon basketball."

The meeting must have been memorable. President-rector Father Mason described it in introducing Father Hoesing last fall to faculty and staff as Kenrick-Glennon Seminary's dean of seminarians.

"He could set a pretty stiff pick!" Father Mason said that day.

'Gaudium et Spes' still helps Church meet challenges of the times

Father Joseph A. Komonchak delivered the keynote address at the Newman Convocation at St. Louis University. Father Komonchak, a retired Catholic University of America professor, is considered an expert on the Second Vatican Council.

The sixth edition of the Newman Convocation at St. Louis University commemorated the 50th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council.

But rather than an ending, Vatican II and "Gaudium et spes" -- the council's signature document -- represent a beginning, a transformation of the Catholic Church that continues to this day and is embodied in Pope Francis, whose entire priesthood has been post-Vatican II. The former Jorge Mario Bergoglio was ordained in 1969.

In many ways, "Gaudium et spes" is a living, breathing document, as alive today as when it was written 50 years ago.

GUEST VIEWPOINT | Catholic, Jesuit campus is called to serve dialogue, peace

Fred Pestello

As Pope Francis traveled in the United States in September, he offered remarks and undertook actions that are a profound source of reflection not only for 70 million American Catholics, but for Catholics around the world. People will be thinking about, discussing and acting upon his inspiring visit for a long time to come.

St. Louis University emphasizes its Catholic identity

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Father Dan White, SJ, pastor of St. Francis Xavier College Church, and others participated in a Eucharistic procession for unity that started at St. Francis Xavier Church and ended at St. Alphonsus Ligouri Church where song and Benediction were held. The procession is just one way the university is prioritizing its Catholic identity.

Without trumpets announcing his presence, Jesus of Nazareth ventured quietly onto the streets of Midtown St. Louis on a pleasant September evening.

Yes, that Jesus of Nazareth — the Christ, who died for our sins 2,000 years ago.

Jesuit Father Dan White carried His true presence — in the form of a consecrated host within a monstrance — leading a Eucharistic procession from St. Francis Xavier (College) Church to St. Alphonsus Ligouri (Rock) Church.

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