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God’s Grace is the greatest gift

I recently celebrated my 54th birthday and I still receive hand-made birthday cards from my adult aged children. I worked for Anheuser-Busch for most of my adult life, so beer has always been part of the birthday celebration. That hasn’t changed either, except my children are now having a beer with me. Each year I get asked “what do you want for your birthday?” Each year I answer “nothing” (although I usually receive some iTunes gift cards). To be honest, my idea of “gifts” has really changed (evolved?) over the past 6 -7 years. There was a time though when Read More

Reflections from St. Peter’s Square

The day started early, almost running straight through from the day before. I did manage two glorious hours of sleep after a delicious, but long, Italian dinner with Zac Povis, a St. Louis seminarian studying in Rome. Earlier in the day Lisa Johnston and I had waited in a long line for our media credentials for the canonization ceremony. We couldn't understand what caused such a long delay, but we made the most of it by "Catholic celebrity" watching. (Our newest friend in Catholic media is Fr. Robert Barron.) Lisa and I left the hotel shortly before 4 a.m. (9 Read More

Close the evangelization generation gap

I grew up in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, when communication was relatively simple compared to today. Most people had a telephone. It wasn't called a “land-line” back then, it was just called “the phone.” Plus, the first two digits of your phone number were actually letters (K-I-4-0-6-7-2). Most people had one black-and-white television set with channels 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and maybe 30. Everyone had a radio that they listened to all the time. Newspapers came a couple of different ways — the St. Louis Post Dispatch in the afternoon or the Globe Democrat in the morning. Read More

The role of dads

By Stephen Kempf | Email Stephen Follow @StephenKempf on Twitter New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy welcomed his first child, Noah, into the world on Monday, March 31. Congratulations to him and his wife, Tori. Nothing wrong with a father doing everything he can to be at his wife’s side when she is in labor, is there? Well, some sports talk radio hosts are criticizing Murphy for the decision, saying that he should not have missed two games to be with his wife for the delivery and then the next couple of days. The agreement between Major League Baseball Read More

Catholic schools are a great treasure, but choosing one can be daunting

Earlier this month I found out that my nephew, Nick, an eighth grader at Our Lady of the Pillar, received his high school acceptance letter. Nick got into the Catholic high school we wanted.  Everyone is happy. I’m 53 and I don’t remember the Catholic high school selection process being as daunting as it is for kids today. I wanted to go to St. Mary’s High School — all boys — but my mom wanted me to go to Bishop DuBourg High School —co-ed — because she thought I would get into too much trouble at an all-boys school. She was more Read More

Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Popiel, “Philippine Duchesne and Women Religious in Saint Louis

Click here to listen to the audio of the March 11 presentation Among the first to respond to William DuBourg’s call for European priests and religious in the American mission field were Rose Philippine Duchesne and the Religious of the Sacred Heart, though they were soon joined by other female orders who intended to educate, heal the sick, and engage in charitable works.  By the 1860s, women religious like Duchesne could be found across Saint Louis in orders such as the Sisters of Loretto, the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, the Daughters of Charity, and the Sisters of Mercy.  Read More