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Archdiocesan briefs

Rural Parish Clinic services suspended

The Rural Parish Mobile Medical Clinic is temporarily suspending service due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made in line with other charity mobile clinics around the nation to put first the safety of patients and their families, as well as the volunteer-provider staff members of the Rural Parish Clinic. The clinic will continue to care for patients by phone regarding prescription refills and other appropriate support.

Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM, medical director, and Patrick Bira, executive director, said that services will resume once safety and supplies can be ensured.

The Rural Parish Clinic provides primary medical care via volunteer physicians and nurses to uninsured and financially challenged patients. Since April 2019, when services began, more than 230 patient visits have been provided at both St. Joachim Parish in Washington County and St. Clare Parish in Franklin County. Volunteer physicians and nurses have provided over 1,300 hours of charity health care.

The Rural Parish Clinic team promised its continued prayers for all past, current and future patients. They ask that God continue to avail His grace to all those affected and their loved ones.


Cory Nardoni is the new chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, effective April 13. Nardoni will replace the interim CFO, Deacon C. Frank Chauvin, and will manage the departments of finance, accounting, internal audit, information technology, buildings and real estate, shared accounting and purchasing. As a senior member of the executive team, he will report directly to Archbishop Robert Carlson. Nardoni most recently served as chief financial officer of Shapiro Metals, a national metals recycler headquartered in Olivette. He earlier held positions with Deloitte, Rawlings Sporting Goods and Thermadyne Holdings Corporation. Nardoni earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri State University in Springfield. He is a licensed certified public accountant (CPA). Deacon Chauvin’s return to the CFO position on an interim basis is just one of his many significant contributions during his tenure with the archdiocese. Nardoni and his wife, Marisa, and their family are parishioners of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Ellisville, where their son and daughter also attend school. Nardoni volunteers as a CYC and club soccer coach, and as a martial arts instructor.

Mission Office chaplain

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced that Father Timothy Noelker, director of the archdiocese’s Mission Office, will transition to the role of chaplain while continuing to serve as parochial administrator of St. Cecilia Parish in St. Louis. Kim Becvar will serve as interim director. She will promote an increased understanding of the missionary nature of the Church and of the call to participate in the universal communion of spiritual and temporal goods. She will oversee the promotion, education, and advocacy of the Pontifical Mission Societies, the Latin America Apostolate, and the Pan y Amor program. Katie Wegermann will now serve as the development manager. Father Noelker served two years as director of the office and served as a missionary priest in Bolivia for five years.

Triple tie

Due to the cancellation of the kickoff dinner of the Annual Catholic Appeal, no vote was taken for the best high school ACA promotional video. All three finalists, St. Dominic High School, Cor Jesu Academy and Rosati-Kain High School will receive the first-place prize of a $5,000 grant for their school.

It counts

The Missouri Catholic Conference, public policy agency of the state’s bishops, urges Missourians to take part in the U.S. Census. “As the normalcy of our everyday life has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize that it is easy to let important events slip by — but we cannot neglect our duty to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census,” the Catholic Conference stated in a recent message promoting the March/April issue of its Good News newsletter on the topic. “It is important that all Missouri residents are counted so that our population has accurate representation at the state and federal levels.”

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