Two archdiocesan priests, Father Matthew O’Toole and Msgr. John Costello, will receive the Aquinas Institute of Theology 2018 Great Preacher Award. They will be honored at a dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at The Cedars Banquet Hall in St. Louis. Father O’Toole was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. He served several parishes and spent 10 years as chaplain and teacher at Christian Brothers College High School. Since 2011 he has been the pastor of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in the Shaw neighborhood of south St. Louis. An avid student of history with an appreciation for art, literature, and popular entertainment, Father O’Toole weaves these elements into his preaching. Ordained in 1972, Msgr. Costello became pastor of St. Peter Parish in Kirkwood in 2005. Preaching themes of reconciliation, daily prayer, celebration and work-life balance, Msgr. Costello relates the message of the Gospels to the pressure of society in the 21st century. Aquinas is a Roman Catholic graduate school in St. Louis. It is sponsored by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), Province of St. Albert the Great. For information or to purchase tickets, call (314) 256-8856.
National Merit honors Catholic students
Fourteen students from Catholic high schools in the archdiocese have received National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities: Alexander J. McAuliffe, Sanjay Mandava, Joseph E. Mathis, William B. Noddings, Gregory M. Rolwes, Trevor J. Vonderhaar and Daniel M. Willman (St. Louis Priory School); Nicolas E. Hernandez, Joseph A. Lux and Thomas M. Munsell (St. Louis University High); Claire E. Koster (Cor Jesu Academy); Rachel M. O’Halloran (Villa Duchesne); Dylan R. Barclay (Barat Academy); and Anthony J. Puleo (Chaminade College Preparatory School). They are among 110 high school students in Missouri and more than 4,000 nationwide to receive college-sponsored scholarships. College-sponsored financing the scholarship. In total this year, more than 7,500 students nationwide received National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, students received 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships, for which all finalists competed, and approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.
The Incarnate Word Peace and Justice Ministry, in collaboration with Social Justice 4 All, is sponsoring “A Community Conversation on Implicit Bias” from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, at the lower church hall at Incarnate Word Parish, 13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. Leaders from the Chesterfield and Ellisville police departments will share their new training on how unconscious stereotypes influence judgments. They will share recommendations on how these influences can be recognized and brought under more conscious control.
Celebrating St. Ignatius
Saint Louis University’s Office of Mission and Identity will celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola on July 31, with Mass at St. Xavier (College) Church and a reception at Saint Louis University Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd. Mass will be at noon, followed by the reception, which includes a guided tour of the museum’s bicentennial exhibit. Refreshments will be served. For registration or other information, email
Missouri MOST 529
The Office of Catholic Education and Formation, in conjunction with the Missouri MOST 529 Savings Plan, will host parent information sessions in August to discuss the new tax benefits for parochial and private school parents. Whereas MOST funds originally were reserved for college expenses, that has been extended to costs associated with parochial and private schools. The sessions will be at multiple locations through the Archdiocese of St. Louis, starting with sessions at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at St. Peter School in Kirkwood, and two more at 6 and 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 2, at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School in south St. Louis County. (Information at both sessions will be the same.) Additional information nights will be scheduled later in August.
Movie Screening: “I Lived on Parker Avenue”
In collaboration with Missouri Right to Life, the Daughters of St. Paul will host a screening of the short documentary film, “I Lived on Parker Avenue” on Thursday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. at Pauline Books & Media in Crestwood. This pro-life, pro-adoption film of 2017 follows the dramatic cross-country reunion between then Louisiana college student David Scotton and his Indiana-based birth-parents. The film also explores the life stories of David’s birth parents and adopted parents, and his mother’s experience at an abortion facility when pregnant with David. Documentary director Philip Braun III has high hopes for the film. “With infant adoption decreasing in America over the last 25 years, our hope is that ‘I Lived on Parker Avenue’ can inspire our nation with the beauty of the adoption option,” Braun said. For registration, call (314) 965-3512. Admission is free.
Mental health transitions
The When Mental Illness Hits Home conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, in the visitors center of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. De Mazenod Drive in Belleville, Ill. The focus of the event for people journeying with anyone with mental illness is “Managing Mental Health Transitions.” Mental health professionals will lead discussions on life transitions, aging transitions and crisis management. Lunch is included in the registration fee of $40. Sponsors include the Karla Smith Foundation, Madison County Mental Health Board, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, NAMI Southwestern Illinois and St. Clair County Mental Health Board. For more information, call (618) 394-6270. To register, visit www.stlouisreview.com/jzT.
Immaculée Ilibagiza, a survivor of genocide in Rwanda with a message of forgiveness, healing and hope, will present a mini-retreat at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 5020 Rhodes Ave. in south St Louis, Friday evening, Sept. 14, and Saturday morning, Sept. 15. Ilibagiza tells of the life-saving power of faith and the Rosary as she hid with seven other women in a cramped bathroom for 91 days. Her first book, “Left to Tell; Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust,” was released in 2006 and became a New York Times Best Seller. Ilibagiza has written six additional books, including “The Boy Who Met Jesus.” The cost is $57 for an individual or $76 for two people. Register at www.immaculee.com. For information contact Susan Dunn at (314) 304-4541 or email@example.com.
“Great Music of Many Faiths,” is the theme of the Arts & Faith St. Louis Eighth Annual Interfaith Concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd. in Midtown St. Louis. The free concert will feature both adult and young singers and musicians from faith communities across the metropolitan area. Also performing will be celebrated soprano Christine Brewer and the 442s, an ensemble including members of the St. Louis Symphony. A specially-assembled interfaith youth chorus led by Maria Ellis will perform music written by Adam Maness and Paul Reuter. After the concert, the audience will be invited to mingle outside with the artists. Arts & Faith St. Louis was established in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and continues to bring together the faith and arts communities. In 2018, Arts & Faith St. Louis is working with the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis for interfaith tours that use the museum’s collection to build understanding among religions. For more information about the concert or other programs, contact Barbara Murray at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 553-9900.
Better parenting and teaching
The presentation, Finding Your Way Toward Better Parenting and Teaching, is slated for 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe. Presenter Paul Kraus of Christian Brothers College will explore new tools to help parents and teachers guide children in becoming faith-filled adults. Kraus is a teacher/administrator at CBC and Paul VI, as well as a retreat director/workshop presenter for schools in the archdiocese and Lasallian schools in Midwest district of The Christian Brothers. Free-will donation. For registration or more information, visit http://lasalleretreat.org/events/finding-your-way.
A Eucharistic Adoration Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. The schedule includes Mass, a keynote address by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Hermann and more. To register, visit www.stlouisreview.com/jtn. For information, email email@example.com or call (314) 792-7231.
Retreat for CBC graduates
La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe will host a one-night retreat just for Christian Brothers College graduates on Nov. 9-10. Presented by Christian Brother Armand Alcazar, The Road is Seldom a Straight Line retreat will give CBC grads an opportunity to discuss life’s journey and changes experienced in work, relationships, health and attitude. The overnight will include large-group presentations, small-group discussions, a memorial prayer service honoring deceased classmates, quiet time and more. Brother Armand served CBC as campus minister, choral director and retreat facilitator in the 1980s. Since then, Brother earned degrees in spirituality and his doctorate in religious studies. He’s taught as a university professor for 26 years and has facilitated retreats in the US and abroad. Free-will donation. For registration or more information, visit http://lasalleretreat.org/events/cbc-graduate-retreat. The registration deadline is Oct. 26.
In recognition of the graciousness and positive spirit she exuded throughout the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the kindness and selflessness she has exemplified throughout her life, the 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola University men’s basketball team will be honored at the 2018 Musial Awards. Sister Jean Delores Schmidt will receive the prestigious Musial Award for Extraordinary Character at the event in St. Louis on Nov. 17. The Musial Awards, presented by Maryville University, celebrate the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and the biggest names in sports who embody class and character. Produced by the St. Louis Sports Commission and the National Sportsmanship Foundation, the awards show takes place annually at Stifel Theatre (formerly Peabody Opera House) in Downtown St. Louis. Sister Jean has been a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 81 years. She has been part of the Loyola community since 1961 and became the chaplain of the men’s basketball team in 1994. Tickets for the 2018 Musial Awards range from $10 to $50 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, in person at the Stifel Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster ticket centers, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.