Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Papa Palooza is like “an old-fashioned family picnic”

The excitement around the upcoming World Meeting of Families in August won't just be limited to crowds in Dublin, Ireland. On Saturday, July 28, the archdiocesan Office of Laity and Family Life will bring the festivities to St. Louis, hosting the second-ever "Papa Palooza."

"I think the greatest part about it is the fact that it brings families together," said Julie Bostick, executive director of the Office of Laity and Family Life.

The first Papa Palooza, in 2015, celebrated Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. for the world meeting in Philadelphia that year.

ITEST emphasizes faith-science link

Karen Sepe visited with her patient, 13-month-old Jacobi, in a patient room at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital on June 26. Sepe recently spoke at St. Cletus Parish on the link between science and faith thanks to a grant to ITEST. Sepe said that a continuing education class in which she was able to hold a human brain overwhelmed her with the complexity of God’s creation.

For nurse practitioner Karen Sepe, a parishioner of St. Cletus in St. Charles, the defining moment for her career at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital occurred in continuing education: a brain and spine symposium at her alma mater, Saint Louis University.

She studied the spine first, then came the brain ...

She got to hold an actual human brain, such a delicate organ, and was overwhelmed at the beauty and complexity of God's creation.

Faith, fun and formation at Kenrick-Glennon Days

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One week each summer, the green grounds and marble halls of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary echo with cheering, chanting and bursting water balloons during the annual Kenrick-Glennon Days camp for sixth- through ninth-graders. Often, the only quiet space is the Chapel of St. Joseph, even when packed with more than 100 campers, counselors and seminarians.

This is exactly the balance for which the camp aims in aiding boys in vocational discernment: an environment of both play and prayer as they get to know the seminary.

Cause for canonization opened for classmate and friend of Kenrick-Glennon rector

Then-seminarians, from left, Don Kettle, Ragheed Ganni and James Mason visited at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, circa 1999 or 2000. Father Mason keeps this photo and a holy card of Father Ganni in his breviary.

Iconic imagery of the war in Iraq shows the U.S. Army pulling down the statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdaus Square on April 9, 2003.

While a sledgehammer-wielding man made little headway on the statue base, soldiers rolled up in a tank, wrapped a chain around the statue's neck, covered the face with the U.S. flag and let 'er rip. Hundreds of Iraqis cheered and celebrated their liberation from the brutal dictator.

But not everyone was so moved. In fact, Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni predicted persecution for minority Christians and brethren Chaldean Catholics as a result.

New Holy Land guidebook has ties to Kenrick seminary

A new book guiding Catholics visiting the lands of ancient Israel was born out of the annual Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Holy Land Retreat and Pilgrimage, and in turn will benefit seminarians both here and in Palestine.

Father Charlie Samson is the author of "Come and See: A Catholic Guide to the Holy Land." He was a newly ordained priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis when he studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem while working on a licentiate in sacred Scripture. While there, he felt called to write a Catholic travel guide to the areas.

‘Historic agreement’ enhances seminary, SLU relationship

St. Louis University president Fred Pestello, left, and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson signed an agreement that will confer undergraduate degrees from SLU to the graduates of Cardinal Glennon College, although they will still study at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The agreement was signed April 23 in the Kenrick Board Room at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury.

After the official signing of the collaborative agreement between the archdiocese and St. Louis University, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary academic dean Ed Hogan suggested an action to seal the deal.

"Can we make our first official act one of prayer?" asked Hogan, who quickly received universal approval from the small gathering April 23 in the Kenrick Boardroom at Cardinal Rigali Center.

What an appropriate way to begin the landmark agreement, which Archbishop Robert J. Carlson called, simply, "historic."

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