The Our Lady of Grace Men’s Club in Edina has united with The Angel Fund for the second consecutive year to increase charitable giving.
Volunteers selling trees at the OLG Men’s Club Christmas tree lot will again help The Angel Fund to collect coats for the needy. The coat drive will continue through Dec. 18, in conjunction with the Christmas tree sale that is set up in the church parking lot at 5071 Eden Ave. in Edina.
Visitors to the tree lot are encouraged to donate a clean, new or used winter coat. The goal is to collect coats for 100 men, 100 women and 100 children. The coats then will be donated to Twin Cities charities, such as St. Stephens Men’s Shelter and St. Anne’s for women and children.
The goal of the OLG Men’s Club is to raise funds for athletic programs that are enjoyed by kids and families throughout the community. The tree lot has raised more than $200,000 in the past nine years, selling an average of 1,500 trees a year.
Trees are provided by Wolcyn Tree Farms. Wreaths and garland are also for sale.
Coats can be dropped off at the tree lot warming house from 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18.
Last year, more than 350 coats were collected by the men’s club.
Cadet colonel named
Mitchell Perry of Dellwood was named the 104th cadet colonel of St. Thomas Academy in a ceremony Nov. 23 at the Mendota Heights school, during which he was handed the Fleming Saber by Headmaster Thomas Mich,signifying
Perry’s selection as head of the corps of cadets.
The cadet colonel is chosen based on his academic performance, co-curricular involvement, merits and demerits, military performance and leadership abilities.
Five additional seniors were promoted from cadet captain to cadet lieutenant colonel:
- Sean Byom of Eagan was named brigade executive officer.
- Ken Mannuzza of Apple Valley was named brigade chief of staff.
- Paul Brunkhorst of Minneapolis was named battalion commander.
- John Gould of Mendota Heights was named battalion commander.
- Patrick Clancy of St. Louis Park was named battalion commander.
Religious liberty concerns
In addition to recently being appointed chairman-elect of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, Archbishop John Nienstedt was among 10 bishop-members and 10 consultants recently named to the bishops’ new Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.
The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty was announced Sept. 30 by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
He said committee members will work with a variety of national organizations, ecumenical and interreligious partners, charities and scholars to “form a united and forceful front in defense of religious freedom in our nation.”
Law dean to leave
Thomas Mengler, dean of the University of St. Thomas School of Law and holder of the Ryan Chair in Law, has announced that he will step down on June 30, 2012.
As dean for the past 10 years, Mengler guided the School of Law to several important milestones, including American Bar Association accreditation, the $100 million mark in fundraising and hiring a nationally recognized faculty.