Catholic school teachers honored for dedication to teaching

Four Catholic school teachers were among 109 St. Louis-area educators who received Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards in a ceremony Nov. 12 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

Selected by the Catholic Education Office, the archdiocese's 2017 Emerson class consists of: Laurie Clarkson of Sacred Heart (Troy); Katherine Compton of St. Rose of Lima (DeSoto); Karen Pollmann of St. Gerard Majella (Kirkwood); and Becky Struckel of Assumption (Mattese).

Let Jesus be ‘your teacher, your life coach,’ archbishop urges teens

Young Catholics sang songs Aug. 4 during the third annual City of Saints youth conference. More than 1,600 young people attended the conference.

LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told 1,600 Catholic teens gathered for the "City of Saints" conference that their faith and love for Jesus was an inspiration.

"Your desire to live your faith and share your faith — it is so beautiful to witness. And it is so inspiring," he said in an Aug. 5 homily at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Vietnamese family’s outreach stuns retired schoolteacher

Mary Jane Matejka, left, and fellow teacher Linda Harrison traveled to Dallas to be with Matejka’s former student, Minh Thu Pham, and groom Johnny Vong Tran at their wedding.

Mary Jane Matejka knew she'd made an impact on her students, but this was way beyond her imagination.

Health issues forced Matejka to retire in 2009 after teaching in the archdiocese for 25 years, a career she enjoyed very much.

About 20 years ago, while teaching at St. Pius V School in south St. Louis, she had a student in her second-grade class, Minh Thu Pham, one of many who were from Vietnamese immigrant or refugee families.

Matejka remembers Pham as quiet, athletic and good at math and art. However, the "sweet girl" as Matejka called her, struggled with English.

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