News Notes – July 17, 2014

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St. Paul man wins second place in national Catholic video contest

Cameron O’Hearn of St. Paul took second place in the Imagine+Nation national video contest, sponsored by Dynamic Catholic and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

The contest was launched to promote the next generation of Christian storytellers who desire to redeem the arts, specifically through video. The top three winners received cash prizes totaling $10,000, and can be viewed at

“The Imagine+Nation videos connect directly to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization with themes relevant to the younger generation,” said Curtis Martin, FOCUS President and Founder.

Martin is one of several speakers scheduled to present at the second Rediscover: Catholic Celebration set for Oct. 3 and 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“We thought about the situation college students are in, making career decisions and putting themselves in a certain box for the rest of their lives,” said O’Hearn, producer of the second-place video, “Who Do You Want to Become.” “We wanted to communicate that our childhood dreams have timeless truths and bring the viewer face-to-face with God, who wants them to be a saint.”

First place went to Rob Kaczmark of Chicago, with third-place going to Steven Tralongo of Venice, Calif.

Catholic schools get anonymous grant

Two archdiocesan Catholic schools, St. Pascal Baylon in St. Paul and Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Maplewood, have received an anonymous grant for $215,000 to be used the next three school years.

This two-fold grant will address demographic changes through culturally responsive education while also providing increased access for families to attend Catholic school. It will also provide increased busing for families of both schools.

In the past year, officials at the two schools have joined together in extensive conversations about their changing demographics. The goal of the grant is to better serve families in these diverse communities.

Leadership summit offered for high school sports captains

A sports captains leadership summit for high school males will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the University of St. Thomas. The event — which includes talks by former Minnesota Viking Matt Birk, St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso and former professional hockey player Brian Bonin — will introduce, teach, encourage and reinforce positive leadership skills.

The day features presentations addressing identity, purpose, power, character and goals, discussion, Mass and lunch. For information, contact Michael Daly at (651) 324-6220 or email

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