Mexican consulate, clinics announce new partnership to provide health services

| May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

St. Mary’s Health Clinics, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, has announced a new partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Minnesota to provide free health services to low-income, uninsured Mexicans and other Latinos through the consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud program.

Marty Frauenheim, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, right, presents a plaque to Dorwatha Woods during a celebration of Woods' 25 years as principal at Ascension School in North Minneapolis on May 9.

In addition to providing Latinos access to services like physicals and prenatal care through the Catholic organization’s free clinics and network of volunteer health care providers, a St. Mary’s employee at the consulate connects people with preventive services, including counseling, diabetes screening, healthy eating classes and support groups.

“We’re not just looking at the medical model of providing services, which we continue to do — in other words, a doctor visit and medicine and those kinds of things,” said Barbara Dickie, St. Mary’s executive director. “What’s new for us is that we are doing more outreach. We’re looking at ways to connect with people before they get sick or to help them stay healthy through education and programming, in addition to giving them information about where to get additional health care support.”

For information about St. Mary’s Health Clinics, call (651) 287-7777.

‘Cheerful’ Catholic Bulletin ad salesman remembered

Leo T. McCall, who passed away April 26 at the age of 92, was remembered as a cheerful advertising salesman for the Catholic Bulletin in the days before it became The Catholic Spirit.

Dennis Heaney, retired associate publisher/general manager recalled that McCall was juggling two or three sales jobs when he first met him in 1980.

Heaney remembered him as “a perpetually upbeat man who, true to his calling as a salesperson, hated the detail of paperwork but loved the challenge of the sale.”

In his later years he wrote a memoir of growing up in St. Paul, “The Old Como Gang, Long Gone.”

Dorothy Day Center celebrates its big ‘Day’

Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul was honored by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on May 2 during a breakfast at the center, commemorating its 31 years of service to the community’s poor and homeless. Coleman declared May 2 Dorothy Day Center Day. For more about the center’s history and what others said at the breakfast, visit

Also worth noting:

  • Academy of Holy Angels Knowledge Bowl team took second place at the state meet. Team members include: Matt Schmidt of St. John the Baptist in Savage; Nick Hirsch of St. Peter in Mendota; Stephen Raab of St. Edward in Bloomington; Karl Bauer of St. Joseph in West St. Paul; and Mary Streiff of Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis.
  • Joseph Vanderwall, a junior at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college admissions and placement exam. Less than one-tenth of one percent of all test-takers earn that score.

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