Fontbonne to cut programs, faculty
Fontbonne University announced Nov. 30 that it will cut 21 academic programs and eliminate 19 faculty positions among other budget cuts as part of a “final retrenchment plan” for the private Catholic university, founded in 1923 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
The cuts are estimated to save Fontbonne University more than $2 million for the 2025 fiscal year, according to a statement from the university. It was previously reported that Fontbonne was experiencing a $5.2 million shortfall. All impacted academic programs will continue at least through the spring 2024 semester. In some cases, faculty will be retained through December 2024 and some programs will continue to be offered to currently enrolled students beyond 2024. A full list of eliminated programs is available at www.fontbonne.edu/
Young Catholic Professionals event
The Young Catholic Professionals will host an executive panel discussion on “The Virtue of Wisdom and Work-Life Balance” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 4924 Bancroft Ave. in south St. Louis. The event is free and will include drinks and light appetizers. For more information and to register, visit
Lessons and Carols
Archbishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will preside at Advent Lessons and Carols at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral), 209 Walnut St. in Downtown St. Louis. The Old Cathedral choir will be featured. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations required.
Discuss religious life
The North American Vocation Team (NAVT) of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) is hosting a “Joyful & Alive Conversation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, via Zoom. Single women ages 18-45 interested in how to discover God’s invitations in their life and/or who are curious about religious life are invited to attend and bring questions. More information and registration for the Zoom link is available at