Area faith leaders—including Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski, are encouraging vaccination among St. Louis area worshippers. In an approximately 2.5-minute video, the leaders tout vaccination as the quickest, safest way to come back together, serve one another, and protect others. “Vaccination means freedom,” said Rev. Rodrick Burton, senior pastor of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, “freedom to serve your community, to interact in community, to protect other people.” The video includes Archbishop Rozanski, Rev. Burton, Rabbi Amy Feder (Temple Israel; St. Louis Rabbinical & Cantorial Association), Imam Muhamed Hasic (Islamic Community Center), Rev. Gabrielle NS Kennedy (Buren Chapel AME Church; Faith & For the Sake of All). The video urges viewers to find out more about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and where to get it at MOStopsCovid.com. “We are looking out not only for self, but looking out for neighbor,” Archbishop Rozanski said. The video is part of a larger effort by the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis to educate religious communities about the vaccine and encourage vaccination. Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis represents 34 religious communities of faith and conscience in the St. Louis area. See more at bit.ly/3yyarPB.
The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) is submitting a clemency application to Gov. Michael L. Parson on behalf of Ernest Johnson, asking the governor to commute Johnson’s sentence from death to life without parole. The MCC also is asking people to call Parson to ask that he extend clemency. Johnson is set to be executed on Oct. 5 for the killing of three convenience store workers. While Johnson’s culpability is not in question, the Supreme Court in Atkins v. Virginia (2002) declared that it is unconstitutional for people with an intellectual disability to be executed. The MCC states that Johnson objectively meets all the standards for intellectual disability under Missouri law and should be ineligible for execution. “However, due to the lack of clear guidelines and standards for intellectual and/or developmental disability in the criminal justice system, these individuals are still executed or sit on death row,” the MCC stated. “In addition to an I/D diagnosis, Mr. Johnson has a genetic disposition for having intellectual disability, with his mother and brother also suffering from I/D. He also suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome and was subjected to unimaginable neglect and abuse as a child.” Call the governor’s office at (573) 751-3222.
The Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology will host a webinar on “Discovering the Fullness of Reality; How Partial Truths Obscure Union of Faith and Science” from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. David Keys’ presentation shows that science and faith, which many say do not mix, complement each other. There is no charge for this webinar, but donations are appreciated. Register at
Nazareth Living Center in Oakville will mark the start of its 150th anniversary celebration with a blessing of apple trees and a reflection on its history and future. The gathering is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the center, 2 Nazareth Lane. When the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet purchased the land in 1869 that would become Nazareth, it was a working farm and orchard. In 1872, the first Sisters of St. Joseph came to live there, and the farm provided food for the sisters and their neighbors there and at the motherhouse in Carondelet. Anyone planning to attend the event is asked to call (314) 649-4650.
A Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend will be held Sept. 24-26. The program allows engaged couples to take a break from the hectic pace of wedding plans and focus on themselves, their relationship and the building blocks needed for a successful marriage. Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekends fulfill diocesan requirements for marriage preparation. For information, visit www.stlengagedencounter.org, email [email protected] or call Peggy and Richard Burton at (314) 941-1371.
Depaul USA–St. Louis will hold its 8th annual 5K fun/run walk on Saturday, Oct. 2 in Tower Grove Park. The money raised will go toward the three supportive housing programs based in St. Louis City that support homeless men, women and youth. The run begins at 9 a.m. and walk begins at 9:10 a.m. Overall and age group winners will be given out. To register, visit www.depaulusa.org/stl-5k or register Oct. 2 at 8 a.m.
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Veterans Day 5k
St. Patrick Center’s 6th Annual Veterans Day 5K, presented by Keeley Companies, will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at Soldier’s Memorial, 1315 Chestnut St. in Downtown St. Louis. Proceeds go to St. Patrick Center’s mission of transforming lives through sustainable housing, employment and health care. Last year, because of the support of donors and sponsors, the agency assisted 3,700 clients, of which 854 were veterans. St. Patrick Center helped 385 veterans and their families find permanent housing, 148 veterans increased their income and 81 veterans found jobs through the center’s employment and benefits services. Veterans comprise 25% of St. Patrick Center’s client population. The events include a 5K run or walk, 1-mile run, kids’ dash or virtual 5k run or walk. For information or to register, visit
Mercy Hospital Jefferson will host on its campus one of the five monoclonal antibody infusion centers established by the state of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services agreed to a contract with SLSCO to provide monoclonal antibody infusion treatments for 30 days. Missouri committed $15 million to staff, equip and supply the regional infusion centers. Missouri Hospital Jefferson was chosen as one of the sites in coordination with the Jefferson County Health Department. The center will provide Regen-COV for outpatients with COVID-19 to aid in their recovery and prevent hospitalization. The experimental treatment approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration combines two antibodies, casirivimab and imdevimab, to help a patient’s immune system fight the infection. “This treatment has been shown to be beneficial for patients who are identified early in the disease process and who are at high risk of poor outcomes,” said Dr. Karthik Iyer, chief medical officer for Mercy Hospital Jefferson. Missouri has set up a phone number for referrals to this regional infusion center. The number for patients and physicians to call for referrals or with questions is (660) 829-6647. Patients must meet eligibility requirements. For more information, visit
‘The American Dream’
The Saint Louis University Museums and Galleries’ fall schedule includes “El Suño Americano (The American Dream)” photographs by Tom Kiefer. Blending documentary and fine art photography, Kiefer photographed objects that once belonged to migrants and were seized and discarded by U.S. Customs and Border Control officials. Kiefer recovered the objects while working as a custodian at the CBP station in Ajo, Arizona. The exhibit continues through Dec. 19. For information on museum exhibits, artist talks, tours and other programming, visit slu.edu/sluma and slu.edu/mocra.
The Missouri Catholic Advocacy Network (MOCAN) helps legislators understand the Catholic perspective and pass legislation for the common good of all people. MOCAN members receive Action Alerts that ask members to contact their representatives on urgent legislative matters. Members also receive the Missouri Catholic Conference Weekly Update, with the latest news from the state capitol, around Missouri and the rest of the nation, as well as Good News, a bi-monthly newsletter. As MOCAN grows, so does the Catholic voice in the legislative arena. Visit mocatholic.org or send an email to [email protected] for details.
Speech, language clinic expands
Fontbonne University has opened a graduate distance program at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. Part of the program will include a speech and language clinic, offering free evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of communication disorders resulting from conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. The clinic will also allow graduate students in Fontbonne’s Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education to gain hands-on training. Fontbonne University’s accredited master of science in speech-language pathology program prepares dynamic clinicians to work collaboratively in a wide variety of settings. Fontbonne has been providing speech, language and hearing services in St. Louis for more than 50 years. Students interested in the graduate program should contact Assistant Director of Admissions Lauren Cuddy at [email protected]. The university, founded in 1923, is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.