Hoops and Habits
St. Dominic High School students Natalie Zoellner and Ryann Jones recently organized a Hoops and Habits FUN Raiser to increase vocations awareness for women. Students joined with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George
of Alton, Ill., for an evening of basketball and fellowship. Price of
admission was the donation of a personal care item to be given to a
charitable organization. Natalie and Ryann organized the event as part
of a senior leadership project at the O’Fallon high school.
Mental health ambassador
Saint Louis Counseling has named Tamara Kenny, director of advocacy and community engagement for Catholic Charities of St. Louis, as the 2019 Saint Louis Counseling Mental Health Ambassador of the Year.
She was nominated for embracing the Saint Louis Counseling mission,
empowering others, advocating for mental-health causes and being open
and willing to help other people. An attorney with a master’s degree in
social work, Kenny is a member of the advocacy committee for NAMI-St.
Louis, the steering committee for the Missouri Child Psychiatry Access
Project, and the Protection and Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness
advisory council for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services. She is
also the mother of an adult son with a serious mental illness and speaks
of that experience as a panelist for Starting the Conversation, a
grassroots initiative devoted to helping parents to raise emotionally
and mentally healthy kids. Tom Duff, Saint Louis Counseling executive
director, said his agency, and the other agencies of Catholic Charities,
depend on Kenny’s behind-the-scenes advocacy work.
Travis A. Seel of Chaminade College Preparatory High School and Samuel A. Guillemette and Benjamin S. Poag of Saint Louis University High School are among 46 students from Missouri chosen as 2019 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners.
They are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest
combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in
rigorous college studies. Scholars may use their awards at any
regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
Walking with Purpose
Walking with Purpose, a
women’s Catholic Bible study offering a Scripture-based program,
invites women and parish leaders from throughout the Archdiocese of St.
Louis to attend a Learn About Walking with Purpose Event at
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at St. Gerard Majella Parish, 1969 Dougherty
Ferry Road in Kirkwood. Walking with Purpose offers at-home study and
weekly small group discussions that link women’s everyday challenges
with the solutions found in the teachings of Christ and the Catholic
Church. Programs are currently offered in the Archdiocese of St. Louis
at two parishes. To register for the event, contact Peg Petralia at
firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.goo.gl/uxYdHu. For more
information, contact Emily Thengvall, at
The Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus will host their annual Carmelite Day Saturday, May 18, at the sisters’ convent in Kirkwood.
The day is for sixth- through eighth-grade girls with a goal of
sparking a desire for holiness within their hearts, introducing them to
the sisters and encouraging them to pray for their vocation. The
schedule includes Mass, adoration, talks given by the sisters on this
year’s theme, the Eucharist, time for prayer, the chanting of the Divine
Office with the sisters, and fun activities. For more information,
visit www.carmelitedcj.org/vocation/retreats-events or e-mail: email@example.com.
A retreat for single Catholic women ages 17-29 who are discerning religious life
will take place May 23-26. The retreat will include talks given by the
sisters focusing on discernment, religious life and Carmelite
spirituality, as well as prayers and recreation with the sisters, time
to talk with other young women discerning God’s will and an opportunity
for silence and solitude, all within the framework of a monastic
For more information, visit www.carmelitedcj.org/vocation/retreats-events or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Incarnate Word Peace and Justice Ministry and the St. Vincent de Paul Voice of the Poor Committee will host a Poverty Simulation from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the gymnasium at Incarnate Word Church, 13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield. Facilitated by the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County,
the simulation will help participants understand what it is like to
live in poverty. Adults and high school-age teens are welcome. To RSVP,
contact Beth Cagle at (314) 651-6507 or email@example.com by May 28.
Borgia building turns 150
St. Francis Borgia Parish in Washington is celebrating 150 years of its current church building.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday,
June 8, at the church, 115 Cedar St. A celebration will take place
after Mass, including food and drink provided by parishioners who have
area restaurants and food businesses. The Loehnig German Band will
provide music, and there will be activities for children. This year also
marks the 185th anniversary of the founding of St. Francis Borgia
Rosary River Run
The second annual St. Charles Rosary River Run/Walk will take place Saturday, June 8, in Frontier Park
along Main Street in St. Charles. The event publicly celebrates the
Rosary while raising funds for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s
Hospital in conjunction with the archdiocesan Glennon Sunday appeal.
Participants may walk or run the 5K route lined in the form of rosary
beads, which includes signs from supporters who’ve donated at least $50
or more. There also will be a one-mile walk. Those who choose to do
their morning devotion without participating in the 5K may bring a chair
and sit for free in the Magnificat section. For cost and registration
information, visit tinyurl.com/StCharlesRiverRun Or visit stcharlesrosaryrun on Facebook.
Racial justice events
The Quest for Racial Justice and Harmony is
a two-part series that will take place in May at St. Cletus Parish,
2705 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles. The first is a showing of “Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness For Change,”
from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the parish hall. The documentary
shares story of a group of women religious, including the late Sister
Antona Ebo, FSM, and their involvement with the civil rights movement
and march in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Small group discussions and prayer
The second event is a conversation with Father Art Cavitt, executive director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center,
on Thursday, May 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Father
Cavitt will address how the work to establish racial justice and
healing, particularly in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. He also
will discuss the nexus between the Black Lives Matter movement and the
Catholic Church. Group discussions, Q&A dialogue and prayer will
follow. Both events are sponsored by the St. Cletus Peace and Justice Ministry.