Channel 9's 'A Time for Champions' details St. Louis soccer, Catholic influence

Msgr. Louis Meyer plays soccer with a group of children in 1972. Msgr. Meyer is one of the people interviewed on “A Time for Champions,” to air again June 28 on KETC-Channel 9. The documentary details how soccer was popular among European imigrants, particularly those who were urban, working class and Roman Catholic. Parishes embraced soccer, organizing teams and games through the Catholic Youth Council.

The tale of how St. Louis came to dominate the soccer landscape — starting with teams of Catholic immigrants and evolving with players from the Catholic Youth Council who ended up at St. Louis University — is told in "A Time for Champions," an hour-long KETC/Channel 9 documentary to be rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Monday, June 28.

Channel 9 describes it as a story of not just a sport, but of how underdogs without any expectation of success used determination and spirit to triumph on the world stage.

TEC branches out to Bolivia with workshop to train leaders to build faith formation, ministry partnerships and outreach to young people

TEC, a movement of spirituality for older adolescents and young adults, is sending a bilingual training team to three areas of Bolivia to train TEC leaders to minister to young people in their dioceses.

The three areas include parishes served by priests from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who are in the Latin America Apostolate of the archdiocese. The effort is led by the TEC Conference, which coordinates formation and education of adult leaders, resources and a network of support and communication.

New Crossroads ministry attracts young adults

The name of a new Catholic young adult ministry based in St. Charles has significance for the college-aged to 30-somethings it is hoping to attract.

Crossroads will meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month starting June 1 at Rendezvous Coffee House, 217 S. Main St. in O'Fallon. Young adults from throughout the archdiocese are invited to attend.

Material from the group quotes Scripture (Jeremiah 6:16): "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls."

Vatican scoops are blogger Rocco Palmo's gift, passion

Internationally known blogger Rocco Palmo and girlfriend Halley Ruppel spoke with Dominican Brother Luke Barder at the post-commencement reception May 7 at Aquinas Institute of Theology in Midtown St. Louis. Palmo was the commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony, which took place at St. Francis Xavier “College” Church. He also was one of three individuals who received honorary degrees for their contributions to the Church.

Rocco Palmo spoke at commencement last weekend at Aquinas

Not yet in his 30s, Rocco Palmo already is sprouting a few gray hairs in his sideburns.

But with more than 14 million visitors in the past five years to his popular blog, Whispers in the Loggia, it could be said that he has a good reason for said grayness.

Youth minister, couple being honored for generosity

Kate and Tom Gunn help several agencies in St. Louis.

Corliss Cox and Thomas and Kathleen Gunn are the local recipients of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's Generosity of Joseph Honor, which recognizes individuals and organizations who contribute to the betterment of society and set an example in light of the mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

U.S. bishops make appeal for funding youth ministry

Washington D.C. -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced on March 30 the 2010 Catholic Home Mission Appeal, which will urge dioceses around the country to "Strengthen the Church at Home" with their financial support.

The appeal will take place across the U.S. from April 24-25 and will focus on youth ministry as a special area of need within the Church.

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