Aquinas president installed
Dominican Father Mark Wedig was installed as 10th president of Aquinas Institute of Theology Sept. 14 at St. Pius V Church in St. Louis. He began his duties on July 1. Father Wedig is a member of the Southern Province of St. Martin de Porres. His background includes teaching, research and administration in university and academic settings. He comes to Aquinas Institute from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., where he served as chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy for 19 years, and was professor of theology and associate dean for graduate studies until his appointment at Aquinas. A New Orleans native, Father Wedig entered the novitiate of the Province of St. Albert the Great in 1979.
An opening reception was held Sept. 15 for “Gratitude,” a selection of works curated by Jesuit Father Terrence Dempsey, founding director of the Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Art who recently retired from SLU after nearly 30 years as a professor of art history. The exhibition is his thanks for the opportunity to found the museum and grow its collection, present exhibitions and programs and share his insights into contemporary art. On Sunday, Nov. 10, a program with guest speakers will recognize Father Dempsey and his work at MOCRA. The museum is in Fusz Memorial Hall at 3700 West Pine Blvd. on the SLU campus. For information, visit
The Color of Law
Richard Rothstein will discuss his book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May Drive in Shrewsbury. Rothstein will expand upon and provide a local and national perspective on his book, which has documented the forgotten history of state-sponsored residential segregation. He is a distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California-Berkeley.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. also at the Rigali Center, Molly Metzger, will lead a discussion on what can be done to address racial equity and economic justice. Metzger is chair of the Domestic Social and Economic Development concentration within the Master of Social Work program at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a faculty director at the Center for Social Development. Numerous organizations are co-sponsoring the two events. For more information, contact Marie Kenyon at
Keys to Asylum
A program marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, “Keys to Asylum,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept 30, at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish Hall in the church basement, 39th and Flad streets in south St. Louis. The program will feature people who visited detention centers and shelter at the U.S.-Mexico border. Child care will be provided and refreshments served. Several Catholic parishes and organizations are sponsors. For more information or questions, contact Pat Dougherty at [email protected].
Daughters of Charity
Are you called to be a religious sister? The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul are hosting a weekend discernment retreat Oct. 4-6 in St. Louis. The retreat is open to single Catholic women ages 18-35. To register, visit
called2.be/CASSTLOct19. For information, contact Sister Jean Rhoads, DC, at [email protected] or (812) 963-7556.
Stars in the sky
Saint Louis University’s First Friday Mass and Speaker on Friday, Oct. 4, is Jesuit Father David Brown, an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory. His discussion is titled, “The Catholic Church and the Vatican: A Long Tradition of Astronomy.” A light lunch follows Mass at noon in Boileau Hall, 38 Vandeventer Ave. Register at www.bit.ly/2lSh1Rx by Oct. 3.
Support for DePaul USA
DePaul USA’s annual No Place Like Home 5k Run/Walk will be held on Saturday Oct. 5, in Tower Grove Park’s Sons of Rest Shelter, 4256 Magnolia Ave. in St. Louis. Registration opens at 8 a.m., the run begins at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile walk starts about 9:10 a.m. Depaul USA St. Louis supports people experiencing homelessness. In St. Louis, Project MORE and PLUS provide more than 70 units of permanent supportive housing to individuals who were chronically homeless. The St. Lazare House is home to 15 chronically homeless individuals 18 to 24 years old. To register, visit www. bit.ly/2kdRWQv.
The Daughters of St. Paul will host Donna A. Heckler, author of “Marketing God: Inspired Strategies for Building the Kingdom,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Pauline Books & Media, 9804 Watson Rd. in Crestwood. Heckler, a global marketing executive who has served a variety of multibillion-dollar organizations, will offer winning strategies and critical corporate marketing insights to help us build the Kingdom. A Q&A, book signing and refreshments will follow her talk. For more information or to register, call (314) 965-3512.