Retreat for those wounded by abortion
Men, women and couples wounded by abortion are invited to attend the Rachel’s Vineyard Day of Hope and Healing, Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day retreat, held in a confidential, prayerful setting in St. Louis, is offered through the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ Abortion Healing Ministry. A trained, compassionate team will lead participants along their healing journey through Mass, fellowship, Scripture and prayer. Cost is $20 and covers breakfast, lunch and all materials. To register, contact [email protected] or (314) 406-0815. All information and inquiries are kept confidential, and the exact retreat location is shared at registration.
Art exhibit at Visitation Academy
“Pray to Love: The Annecy, France, Nun Series,” an art exhibit featuring paintings by Tennessee artist Anne Goetze, will be on display March 26-31 at Visitation Academy, 3020 North Ballas Road in Town and Country. The exhibit depicts the sunlit corridors and courtyards of the Visitation Monastery in Annecy, France, as well as the lives of the Visitation Sisters who call it home. A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 26, followed by an opening reception for the exhibit. For public exhibit hours and additional information, visit www.visitationacademy.org/about-viz/our-spirituality/pray-to-love-art-exhibit.
Handi-Capable Easter Egg Hunt
The annual John Stevens Memorial Handi-Capable Easter Egg Hunt for individuals with special needs will take place on Sunday, April 2, at the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Fatima Council #4429, 1216 Teson Road in Hazelwood. The free event, made possible through donations, includes a hot dog lunch and Easter-themed stuffed animals for participants to take home. Doors open at noon, and the Easter egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. To RSVP, call (314) 731-9330 or Art Casolari at [email protected]
Bishop DuBourg president
Monica Freese, principal and interim president of Bishop DuBourg High School, has been appointed the school’s president effective Feb. 22. Freese joined Bishop DuBourg in the summer of 2020 and successfully navigated the school through the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also spearheaded critical initiatives related to curricular development and teacher assessment. Freese has a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in public administration and a doctoral degree in educational leadership. She also holds grades 7-12 administrative and instructional certifications.
Save the date: Maafa
The second annual Forgive Us Our Trespasses prayer service and Maafa procession will be held June 17 at the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral). Maafa, which is a Swahili word for “great disaster,” is a traditional procession to memorialize the lives of those lost during the Middle Passage, or transatlantic slave trade. The archdiocese also has been researching its involvement in the slave trade as part of an effort called “Forgive Us Our Trespasses.” For more information, contact Joyce Jones with the Office of Racial Harmony at [email protected], or Eric Fair with the Office of Archives and Records at [email protected].