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Vocations fair at SLU focuses on God’s call

Lisa Johnston |
At a vocations fair on the campus at St. Louis University, Eric Elizondo, left, had a heart-to-heart with Sister Catherine Thomas Brennan, a Dominican Sister of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, while Dominican Sister Maria Canisius Wiley talked with former classmate Amy Bolad.

The sign came at the precise moment in the mid-day outdoor Mass when Jesuit Father David Meconi elevated the consecrated host, the true presence of Jesus Christ.

A star shined above Father Meconi's raised arms, the sun reflecting in a starburst pattern off the top of the Clock Tower at St. Louis University — a hint of divine approval, perhaps, at SLU's first vocations fair in the millennium.

On a sunny but crisp and windy autumn day, 40 religious communities participated in the all-day event, giving students passing by one-stop shopping in the heart of campus.

Pope2Congress watch party prompts discussion of historical address

24 SEPT. 2015 -- ST. LOUIS -- Students, faculty, staff and members of the community fill the C. S. Huh Auditorium at St. Louis University for a Pope2Congress Watch Party, sponsored by SLU's Center for Global Citizenship, on the campus in St. Louis Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.

Photo by Sid Hastings.

Pope Francis’ historic address before Congress certainly had the Jesuit flavor of finding God in all things.

The Holy Father’s nearly hour-long speech was peppered with the moral issues of today: abortion, the family, immigration, the death penalty and even Congress’ role in serving the common good. But while some are uncomfortable with a faith leader speaking about political, economic and social issues, that’s historically what popes have done in bringing forth the message of the Gospel.

SLU makes list of best colleges that support pregnant, parenting students

Providing financial help is one way to help a mother choose life over abortion.

That was Students for Life's motivation when it started an endowment seven years ago to help pregnant and parenting students on the campus of St. Louis University.

SSM Health announces plans to build new hospital on SLU campus

SSM Health will spend $500 million to build a new replacement hospital and outpatient care center on the campus of St. Louis University.

The new facility will be built within the next five years and will be located near the current SLU Hospital -- now known as SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital.

Catholic identity key in St. Louis University Hospital partnership with SSM Health

A view of St. Louis University Hospital from the walkway of the Edward A. Doisey Research Center. As part of a long-term agreement, SSM Health will acquire the 365-bed hospital and become part of SSM Health St. Louis. The university is purchasing SLU Hospital back from Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare and will contribute it to SSM Health St. Louis, in exchange for a minority membership interest — which includes a financial interest and governance rights. The transaction between SSM Health and SLU is expected to be finalized by late summer, subject to regulatory approvals.

When St. Louis University sold its teaching hospital to Tenet Healthcare Corp. in 1998, the contract required that the facility maintain its Catholic identity.

Under a new partnership announced this week between SSM Health and St. Louis University, the hospital's Catholic identity will continue — but this time, it'll be out of an appreciation for being part of a Catholic culture, as opposed to a contractual obligation.

Billiken Teacher Corps 'rockstars' focus on community, service and students

John James of St. Louis University referred to the inaugural class of the Billiken Teacher Corps as "rockstars."

"That's the standard we set; our first year out of the chute, they had to be rockstars," said James, the assistant professor in the College of Education and Public Service entrusted with the Corps, along with SLU's Father Christopher Collins, SJ.

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