The funeral Mass for Rudolph “Rudy” Torrini was celebrated Sept. 8 at St. Roch Church in
St. Louis. Mr. Torrini, a well-known artist who taught for decades at
Webster University and Fontbonne University, died Sept. 5 at the age of
95 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He created many sculptures
that reside at Catholic institutions in St. Louis and elsewhere,
including a statue of Pope John Paul II at the Cathedral Basilica of
Saint Louis; Italian immigrants at St. Ambrose Church on the Hill;
several statues at Christian Brothers College High School that depict
the story of the Christian Brothers in St. Louis; and a statue of St.
Roch at St. Roch Church, where he attended for many years. Survivors
include his wife of 62 years, Ann Walsh Torrini; and children Gloria
Torrini-Roblin, Rudy Torrini Jr., Maria Torrini and John Torrini.
Room for help
Room at the Inn, a temporary, emergency shelter for homeless women and families sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence,
is seeking donations of clothes and school materials for children. Also
needed is toilet paper, paper towels and baby formula with a lengthy
shelf life. Room at the Inn is located in Bridgeton. Call (314) 209-9181
to schedule a time with staff to drop off a donation or for the address
The St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and is recognizing four people whose Catholic values helped its mission. They are Father Gerry Kleba, SLACO’s founder, with the Lifetime Achievement Award; and Sister Mary Dolan, SLACO’s first executive director, Father Richard Creason and Father Bob Gettinger
with Hall of Fame recognition. Since its founding, SLACO has worked
with the Catholic community, beginning with a $10,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
It now includes more than 30 neighborhood associations and operates a
range of community program. Included are efforts to reduce vacancy and
to rehabilitate vacant properties; provide after-school programs for
children; facilitate connections among neighbors; and bring police and
neighborhood leaders together. The community is invited to a reception
in celebration of the anniversary from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
20, at The Saint Louis Women’s Club, 4600 Lindell Blvd. To attend,
reply to SLACO at slaco40.eventbrite.com. For information, contact Kevin
McKinney at [email protected] or (314) 361-9406.
Paulines annual benefit dinner
The Daughters of St. Paul will honor Don and Deby Schlapprizzi as St. Paul Man and Woman of the Year and Deacon John and Eleanor Heithaus
as Mother Paula Memorial Recipients at their 42nd annual benefit dinner
Sunday, Sept. 23, at Orlando’s Event Center in Maryland Heights. The
event starts with a reception at 5 p.m., then dinner is at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $100 a piece, or $800 per table. For more information or
registration, visit www.daughtersofStPaul.com/StLouis (scroll down to event schedule).
Spirituality of homelessness
Ann Rotermund, retired senior director of mental health at St. Patrick Center, will present on the “Spirituality of Homelessness,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at St. Anselm Church, 530 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur. Rotermund will discuss how the Ignatian Spirituality Project’s
retreats for people who are homeless focus on spirituality as the
essence of long-term stability. A freewill offering to benefit the
Ignatian Spirituality project is welcomed.
Expressions of peace and justice
In collaboration with Arts & Faith, Good Shepherd Arts Center in Ferguson will host the fine arts exhibition “Children of Abraham for Peace and Justice”
Sept. 27 through Oct. 20. The exhibit features artwork which furthers
the message of peace and justice while reflecting diversity, tolerance
and inclusion. Works in this ecumenical exhibition are informed by the
faith and traditions of Abrahamic religions, including Jewish, Christian
and Muslim. The exhibition will include fabric art, ceramics, painting,
iconography and other media. The opening reception for the show will be
6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Exhibiting artists include: Yusra Ali,
Jody Gerth, Berta Goldgaber, Mary Martin, Zeya Obaidi, Luisa Otero
Prada, Olga Rusinova and Alejandra Velasco. The guest curator is Kathy
Duffin of Kathy Ann Creative LLC. For information, email [email protected]
or call (314) 522-1155. The gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays
and Thursdays, 2-8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. It’s
closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
“A Lifetime in Art: Margaret Lazzari — Honored Alumna” will be exhibited Sept. 28 to Dec. 30 at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art,
3663 Lindell Blvd. The museum, and the SLU Department of Fine and
Performing Arts announce the opening in honor of Lazzari, a 1975
graduate who is professor of art at the University of Southern
California, a painter, designer of public art projects, and author of
art textbooks. Lazzari will offer reflections and insights at noon
Friday, Sept. 28. The exhibit opens with a public reception Sept. 28, 4
to 7 p.m., in the Community Gallery. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. the first Friday of the month.
Admission is free.
Tiny houses benefit
A benefit BBQ and Beer Fest for the Tiny House Project
will take place from 5-11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Crafty
Chameleon, 1384 Clarkson Clayton Center in Ellisville. The Tiny House
Project is a collaborate effort of Social Justice 4 All, North Grand Neighborhood Services, Rockwood School District and St. Clare of Assisi School in Ellisville
to establish three tiny houses as transitional living space for people
who are homeless. Proceeds will go toward the completion of the houses,
which are located at 3633 N. Market St. in north St. Louis.