New Jesuit provincial named
Father Thomas P. Greene, SJ, has been named the new provincial superior of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province.
Father Greene, 56, who will assume his duties on July 31, 2020,
currently serves as provincial assistant for international ministries
and as Jesuit superior of the Jesuit Community of Belize, Central
America. He previously served as the rector (superior) of Bellarmine
House of First Studies at Saint Louis University from 2014 until his
appointment to Belize in 2017. From 2010-14, Father Greene was secretary
for Social and International Ministries at the Jesuit Conference of the
United States in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering the Jesuits in
1997, Father Greene practiced law in New Orleans. He was a founding
member of the Jesuit Social Research Institute of Loyola University New
Orleans in 2007. His ministries have included the legal representation
of detained immigrant children and asylum seekers in Chicago, Houston
and New Orleans. Father Greene succeeds Father Ronald A. Mercier, SJ,
who has served as provincial of the Jesuits USA Central and Southern
Province since its creation in 2014.
Trustee of the Year
Winthrop “Win” Reed III, board chair of Mercy Hospital South, was recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association
as 2019 Trustee of the Year. The award was presented Nov. 7 during
MHA’s 97th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo. “Win is
deeply committed to improving the health of south St. Louis County
residents who are served by Mercy Hospital South,” said Herb B. Kuhn,
MHA president and CEO. “He also is dedicated to making the St. Louis
community a better place. Through his service on the boards of various
nonprofit organizations, he has helped make the metro area a healthier
and more vibrant community.” Reed, a parishioner at Ste. Genevieve du Bois
in Warson Woods, joined the board of St. Anthony’s Medical Center in
2012. He was instrumental in the affiliation of St. Anthony’s Medical
Center with Mercy, leading to the establishment of Mercy Hospital South
in October 2018. He also serves on the Mercy East Board of Directors and
is chair of the Boniface Foundation.
Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill receives historic gift
Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School has received a lead-gift commitment of $3 million to the school’s Honoring Our Legacy Major Gifts Initiative.
The pledge is the largest gift commitment in the 90-year history of the
school, announced head of school Michael F. Baber and board chair J.
Spencer Finney. The anonymous donors are lifelong supporters of Sacred
Heart education. Their gift is earmarked for a Student Life Center and
enhancements to student gathering spaces on campus, including a
renovation of the existing auditorium into a theater. The timeline for
construction will be announced in the spring. The gift comes on the
heels of a $1 million challenge gift announced in September to endow the
school’s English and math departments. Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill
School is an independent, Catholic school in St. Louis for boys and
girls age 3 through sixth grade and for young women grades 7–12.
L’Arche St. Louis is selling several items created in the workshop of the L’Arche community in Harare, Zimbabwe.
These handcrafted items are created by people with and without
intellectual disabilities working alongside one another in community.
All proceeds will go back to L’Arche Zimbabwe to support their mission.
to see the items, including bags, necklaces, earrings and more. In
Zimbabwe, it is estimated that 72 percent of people live below the
poverty line. People with disabilities and their families are among the
least supported. The presence of L’Arche in the city of Harare reminds
people of their inherent value and offers a place of recognition across
religious and cultural traditions. L’Arche opened in Harare in 1995 and
now has two homes, a workshop, and various daytime activities, serving
23 core members. Purchases of the items also may be made by calling
More than 80 parishioners from St. Mary Magdalen in Brentwood decorated 400 food trays with messages of love, hope, and thanksgiving on Nov. 10. The project assists St. Vincent de Paul Parish
in St. Louis, which will serve Thanksgiving meals on site and deliver
meals to homebound senior citizens. The designs on the trays included
psalms, traditional greetings, pictures, jokes and even a cartoon turkey
exclaiming, “Eat more beef!” St. Mary Magdalen has partnered with
community agencies to complete parish-wide service projects for more
than a year.
Birthday Party for Baby Jesus
The Daughters of St. Paul are hosting their annual Birthday Party for Baby Jesus Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pauline Books and Media,
9804 Watson Road in Crestwood. Admission is free. Families have made
Pauline Books and Media’s Birthday Party for Baby Jesus a St. Louis
tradition for more than 25 years. Some of the festivities will include:
picture-taking with Baby Jesus (costumes provided/bring your own
camera); Birthday cake; visit from St. Nicholas; Nativity story-telling;
and crafts. Pauline Books and Media is a Catholic book store owned and
operated by the Daughters of Saint Paul.
St. Vincent Home for Children
will hold an open house and holiday concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 8, at the home, 7401 Florissant Road in Normandy. There is no
admission charge, but St. Vincent Home is seeking unwrapped gifts fr
children ages 10-19. St. Vincent provides professional treatment and
residential services to meet the needs of struggling children and
families, enabling adolescents to build character, self-respect and
coping skills to reach their highest potential. The concert will begin
at 3 p.m. and feature Jennifer Williams, the St. Louis Chorale, Marvin Cockrell and Tobie Taylor-Hudson. The St. Vincent holiday wish list is at www.bit.ly/33IDMbB.
Contact Becky Reichardt at (314) 261-6011, ext. 123, or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make a
donation at another time. St. Vincent Home also will be holding a
Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.