News Notes – October 9, 2014

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Vatican official to bring message of faith-based ecology

Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is drafting a papal encyclical on the environment, will give a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the OEC Auditorium at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Cardinal Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will present “Faith and the Call for a Human Ecology” as part of the Faith, Food & the Environment symposium sponsored by Catholic Rural Life.

Cardinal Turkson is an internationally recognized authority on the ethics of agriculture and the environment. His public lecture is expected to provide a preview of Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment.

Attendance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve seating, register at

Catholic Community Foundation grants help Catholic schools

The Catholic Community Foundation distributed grants totaling $736,500 to the 84 kindergarten through eighth-grade schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for the 2014-2015 school year to use for tuition aid. Several schools will receive an additional Legacy Impact Grant to support greatest needs or designated initiatives, such as curriculum software and language instruction.

Grants for tuition aid ($633,000) are made possible by donors who established or contributed to endowments at the Catholic Community Foundation, many of which are designated to provide permanent support for Catholic school students in need. The Legacy Impact Grants ($103,500) are awards directed by the Catholic Community Foundation to needs in the Catholic community.

Anyone can contribute to the Catholic Community Foundation to support Catholic education and other charitable causes. For more information, contact Mike Biver, senior gift planning officer,
at (651) 389-0875 or

Twin Cities social worker receives national award

Catholic Charities USA recognized Mary Ann Sullivan, a longtime social service worker in the Twin Cities, with a national award for her contributions to children’s social services. Sullivan received the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Award, named for a former bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn-Queens and longtime leader in the Catholic Charities network, at CCUSA’s annual gathering in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 5.

“Throughout her career, Mary Ann has worked to strengthen families and build a better future for children in need,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA and former executive director of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minnesota. “Her leadership and example have helped her agency to provide shelter to those who lacked a home, assist at-risk youth in achieving their full potential, give safety and security to immigrants seeking refuge, help young mothers who lacked prenatal care, and advocate for dignified shelter and housing options for those in need.”

Archdiocese launches social media to better connect Catholics

Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have a new way to get the word out about news and events from their parish, Catholic school and Catholic organization on social media. Here’s how:

Send your photos, event information, articles and more to Content will be selected from submissions to be featured on Facebook, Twitter and/or the archdiocesan website,, in accordance with the archdiocese’s social media policy, also posted on its website.

Like and Follow the archdiocese on Facebook and Twitter to keep updated on archdiocesan events, Catholic articles of interest and news about what’s happening in the archdiocese.

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