Creative Writing Contest
One hundred and forty six finalists attended the Respect Life Apostolate’s 2018 eighth-grade Creative Writing Contest
on April 18 at the Cardinal Rigali Center in Shrewsbury. In all, the
apostolate received 1,058 entries representing 61 Catholic schools, PSR
programs and home schools. Students were asked to “explain why living
the virtue of chastity protects us from abortion and blesses us with
true holiness, health and happiness.” Six winners were each presented
with a $2,000 scholarship. They are: Emmeline Roseberry (St. Margaret of
Scotland), Meghan Meehan (St. Dominic Savio), Olivia Knobbe (St.
Joseph, Josephville), Leah Anderson (St. Joseph, Imperial), John Paul
Vlahutin (Holy Trinity) and Carlotta Croak (Holy Infant).
also were eight honorable mention winners, each of whom received a $500
cash award: Alexander Rodriguez (Our Lady of the Presentation), Amy Lien
Stukenholtz (Sacred Heart, Valley Park), Eric Piening (St. Monica),
Matilda Killeen (St. Margaret of Scotland), Gabriel Chase Lancia (Our
Lady of Providence), Hannah Lifka (St. Joseph, Imperial), Hannah King
(Queen of All Saints) and Hope Dery (St. Joseph, Cottleville).
Aquinas Institute of Theology will confer honorary degrees on Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Sister Barbara A. Moore, CSJ,
at the school’s 2018 commencement ceremony. Archbishop Carlson, a
native of Minneapolis, was ordained to the priesthood in 1970 for the
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was installed as Archbishop
of St. Louis on June 10, 2009. His passion for education, vocations,
youth ministry and priestly formation have contributed to the growth and
vitality of all the dioceses he has served. Sister Barbara entered the
St. Louis Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1955.
The first African-American woman to join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,
she participated in the historic voting rights march in Selma, Ala. She
served in Kansas City, Mo., at St. Joseph Hospital, Avila University as
dean of the nursing school and at Samuel U. Rodgers Community Health
Center. She spent three years as project director of Kansas City Healthy
Start, a comprehensive empowerment program to reduce infant mortality
by serving pregnant women, infants and families in areas of highest
incidence at 10 sites in Kansas and Missouri. The baccalaureate Mass
will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11, and the commencement
ceremony is that evening, both at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church on the campus of St. Louis University.
Office of Mission and Identity at St. Louis University will again
sponsor the “Next Chapter” program for people who are approaching
retirement, or have recently retired. The fall 2018 program is now
taking applications, with three information sessions upcoming:
Wednesday, April 25; Monday, May 21; and Tuesday, June 5. The meetings
will begin at 7 p.m. and will be in the Loyola Room at Jesuit Hall at
6301 Lindell Blvd. For information or registration, contact Tom
Auffenberg at Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org
Centering prayer retreat
Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis will host a retreat — “Resting in One’s Center Where God Dwells” — Friday, April 27, to Sunday, April 29, at Mercy Conference and Retreat Center in Frontenac. Father John Mark Ettensohn, OMI,
will direct the retreat, which will explore the rhythm of life — a time
of life-quickening action (the inhale) and a time of rest (the exhale) —
and the critical role of exhale to be balance one’s life and to truly
and deeply rest in one’s center where God dwells. The cost is $150,
which includes private room, private bath and meals. For registration,
visit www.centeringprayerstl.org or or call (314) 918-8288.
St. Gianna Culture of Life Relay
LIFE Runners have partnered with St. Gianna Church in Wentzville and St. Mary of Victories Church Downtown to hold the first St. Gianna Culture of Life Relay on
Saturday, April 28. The event includes a 44-mile race on foot and
prayer relay. The day will begin at St. Gianna with Rosary at 7:30 a.m.
and Mass at 8. While LIFE Runners take to the pavement, prayer relays
will take place at both churches. Both churches will begin an hourly
Rosary for the duration of the foot relay. St. Mary of Victories will
have a blessing for expectant mothers after the 10 a.m. Mass. The prayer
relay will conclude with Benediction at St. Mary of Victories, followed
by a reception. The foot relay begins on the Busch Greenway Trail at
The Howell Trailhead on Highway 94 at 7:30 a.m. There will also be an
hour of prayer by LIFE Runners on the sidewalk in front of Planned
Parenthood on Forest Park Avenue at 3 p.m., the Hour of Mercy. For more
information, visit stgiannacultureofliferelay.weebly.com.
The Missouri Women’s Chorus
, directed by Scott Schoonover
will perform a concert, “For All the Saints,” at 3 p.m., Sunday, April
29, at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 6303 Nottingham Ave. in south
St. Louis. The concert will feature music composed for the prayers of
well-known female saints.