Father Stanger named Great Preacher
Fathers Edward Stanger and Jeffrey Goeckner have been named a recipients of the 2017 Great Preacher Award from Aquinas Institute of Theology. They will be honored at a ceremony and dinner Oct. 19 at The Cedars Banquet Hall at St. Raymond's. Father Stanger is pastor of Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin, and Father Goeckner of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is pastor of St. Boniface Parish in Edwardsville. Aquinas Institute, sponsored by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), created the Great Preacher Award in 1995. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Aquinas Institute at (314) 256-8856.
Fontbonne gets $1.25 million grant
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs has given Fontbonne University a $1.25 million grant to fund 40 graduate students studying deaf education or speech-language pathology. The funded project, a six-semester program, will increase the number of teachers of the deaf and speech-language pathologists qualified to serve young children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Fontbonne offers both a master of science in speech-language pathology and a master of arts in early intervention in deaf education. Through the grant, students seeking either degree can apply for funding; the project will prepare four cohorts of 10 students beginning their master's work each year through 2022. Applications for the speech-language pathology program are due Jan. 15; applications for the deaf education program are due Feb. 1. For more information, call (314) 889-1407.
The Notre Dame Glee Club, under the direction of Daniel Stowe, will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at Mary Queen of Peace Parish, 676 W. Lockwood Ave. in Webster Groves. One of the longest standing all-male choruses in the U.S., the glee club will present a wide-ranging program encompassing art music from the Renaissance to the 21st century as well as spirituals, folk and popular music and songs of Notre Dame. For more information, contact Paul Crowe at (314) 518-3738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authors visit Paulines
The Daughters of St. Paul will host three local authors in October at Pauline Books and Media, 9804 Watson Road in Crestwood. The authors will give presentations about their books and sign copies.
• Rick Hermann, "How to Forgive Anyone for Anything" — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17
• Paula Capps, "A Mother's Rosary" — 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 (Mass, 9 a.m.; coffee and light breakfast; presentation, 10:30 a.m.)
• Donna Heckler, "Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer" — 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 (Mass, 9 a.m.; coffee and light breakfast; presentation, 10:30 a.m.)
For more information or to register, call (314) 965-3512.
Watercolors of Sister Elizabeth Slenker, OP, will be featured in the art exhibit, "Zebras and Reflections," Saturday, Oct. 21 through Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson. Zebra stripes and animal reflections weave together into a contemplation of patterns in nature. The opening reception for the show will be 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Good Shepherd Gallery is at 252 South Florissant Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 2-8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment Tuesday. It's closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (314) 522-1155.
Father Mathew Cheruparambil will sign copies of his book, "The Eighth Sacrament," from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Catholic Gifts and Books, 13397 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. Father Cheruparambil's book focuses on how participation in the seven Sacraments of the Church transforms our lives into symbols of God's grace to others, thus we become the "eighth sacrament." The priest is an associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester. He wrote the book under his pen name, Reverend Mathew C. John.
Faith and mental illness
The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold its annual symposium featuring interfaith views on mental illness. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Ave., and will feature speakers from Jewish and Christian religions. There is no cost for participants, however registration is requested. The event is seen as an opportunity to talk about the role of faith in the recovery from mental illness from the perspective of people living with mental illness. Register by contacting Sharon Lyons at (314) 962-4670 or email@example.com.