SLUH marks bicentennial commencement
St. Louis University High School conducted its 200th commencement ceremony this past Sunday, May 27. SLUH President David Laughlin noted that per tradition, the crowd sings “Happy Birthday” to any senior whose birthday falls on graduation, but there weren’t any this year. Instead, Laughlin led the crowd in belting out a “Happy Birthday to SLUH” before the start of the ceremony.
Art at Cardinal Ritter
The Saint Louis Art Fair Public Art Collection, presented by Emerson, is on display through the month of June in the lobby of Our Lady of Life Senior Apartments on the campus of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services in Shrewsbury. The Public Art Collection is a permanent collection of art that has been purchased at the Art Fair and perpetually tours at several different public locations including schools, libraries and community centers. The display is open to the public during daytime hours. Visitors are requested to sign in and out at the reception desk in the lobby of the building, located at 7655 Watson Road.
The final information session for the upcoming “Next Chapter” program will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the Loyola Room at Jesuit Hall at 6301 Lindell Blvd. Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Identity at Saint Louis University, the “Next Chapter” helps guide people who are approaching retirement, or have recently retired by using Ignation spirituality to discern the next step in their lives. The program will meet once a month, starting Saturday, Oct. 27. The info session is free; the program fee is $750, which covers six monthly sessions, books and handouts, presenter fees and more. For information or registration, contact Tom Auffenberg at Thomas.email@example.com
The archdiocese’s Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs joins the interfaith community in St. Louis for a vigil Wednesday, June 6, to remember the passengers of the M.S. St. Louis who lost their lives in the Holocaust due to closed borders. Participants will gather at the Stupp Center in Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis at 6 p.m. for a silent walk to the International Institute, 3401 Arsenal St. The M.S. St. Louis set sail from Germany carrying 937 passengers, most of them Jewish refugees seeking asylum from Nazi persecution. Turned away from the Cuban, United States and Canadian borders, the ship was forced to return to Europe. More than 250 of those passengers were killed during World War II and the Holocaust.
Mass for healing from breast cancer
A Mass for those who have been affected by breast cancer will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2618 S. Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood. Survivors and patients as well as family members and friends are welcome. The Mass will offer those in attendance the opportunity to join their sufferings with Christ in prayer for peace and healing of all. Father Jack Siefert, pastor of St. Mary Magdalen, will be the celebrant. A reception will be held after Mass. For more information, call (314) 961-8400, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit
STLRespectLife.org under the “Breast Cancer Healing Mass” tab.
The La Salle Retreat Center in Glencoe will host “Grounds, Grottos & Grilling!” on its grounds Wednesday, June 13, from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $30. The event features a 3-course dinner, cocktails and grounds tour, including grottos. For registration, visit
Pro-Life Women’s Conference
The Pro-Life Women’s Conference will be held June 22-24 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles. The weekend conference for women includes sessions on birth trauma, self-care, post-abortion healing, feminization of poverty, the racial disparities that exist in the pro-life movement, holistic approaches to fertility and health care and ample networking time. The event is organized by And Then There Were , which was founded by former abortion worker Abby Johnson, who is now helping abortion workers leave the industry. A discounted registration rate of $119 ($79 for students) is available through June 15 with the code SPONSOR2018. (Be sure to enter the code in the upper right corner of the website before paying.) To register or for more information, visit www.prolifewomen.com.
God’s Garage Sale
Donations are being accepted for God’s Garage Sale to benefit Melissa’s Hope Orphanage of Haiti. Donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, June 18-20, in the gym at St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 7622 Sutherland Ave. in Shrewsbury. Donations of gently used and new household items, furniture, baby items, clothing, sporting goods, toys, books and CDs are sought. Large appliances, TVs, computers, mattresses or car seats cannot be accepted. The sale will be at St. Michael Parish from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21 (presale $5 fee); 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 22; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23. For information, to volunteer or make a monetary donation, contact Colleen Corbett Hanlen at (314) 799-5830.
Retreat for young adults
The White House Retreat Center in Oakville will host the AMDG Young Adult Retreat from July 6-8. The two-night co-ed retreat will include six talks, silent prayer and spiritual direction. The weekend is designed for those aged 21-35. Price was recently reduced to $75 per participant due to a donation to the retreat center. To register, call 314-416-6400, Monday — Friday, 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
As lead-up to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August, the archdiocese will host the Papa Palooza at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary on July 28 from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will include family games, Mass celebrated by Bishop Mark Rivituso, dinner, and an outdoor concert. Adult registration (17+) is $12.50, children’s (3-16) tickets cost $5 and entrance is free for ages 0-2. Register online by July 25 at archstl.org/palooza.
Composer and pianist Eric Genuis will perform at a free concert from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. DeMazenod Drive in Belleville, Ill.. The Canadian native’s performance consists of stories, humor and audience interaction.