Youth trip planned to national March for Life

| October 6, 2010 | 0 Comments

The archdiocesan Office for Marriage, Family and Life is organizing a trip to Washington, D.C., for high school students to participate in the annual March for Life. The trip, which runs from Jan. 21 to 25, will include the march, a day at the Students for Life Conference and a day visiting historical sites.

Registration is open until Nov. 1 and the cost of the trip is $215. Registration is by group only, no individual registrations will be taken.

For information about bringing a group, contact Bill Dill, marriage preparation and youth ministry events coordinator, at (651) 291-4553 or

New province

The School Sisters of Notre Dame are reconfiguring and forming a new province in North America. The more than 1,200 sisters in the current provinces of Mankato, Dallas, Milwaukee and St. Louis will become the “School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Central Province.” The inauguration of the new unit will be June 12, 2011.

The new province will have four campuses: the campus of Our Lady of Good Counsel (also known as the Provincial House) in Mankato, The campus of Dallas, the campus of Notre Dame of Elm Grove in Elm Grove, Wis., and the campus of Sancta Maria in Ripa (also known as the Motherhouse) in St. Louis.

The new province is just one of many throughout the world. The sisters currently serve in 35 countries and have been in the U.S. since 1847.

Stewardship awards

Pax Christi parish in Eden Prairie was honored with three awards at the annual International Catholic Stewardship Council conference Sept. 19 to 22 in San Diego.

The awards included: Outstanding Parish Stewardship Video, for a video designed, directed and produced by parishioner Ed Heil; Total Parish Stewardship, awarded for excellence in communication and materials that promote stewardship as a way of life; and The Stewardship Parish Recognition Award, which recognizes parishes that give witness to stewardship in many areas of parish life.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis also received an award at the annual conference. Anne Rodenberg of the Catholic Community Foundation accepted an award for Excellence in Total Foundation Efforts.

School launches campaign

Bethlehem Academy, a K-12 Catholic school in Faribault, launched an $11 million capital campaign Sept. 19.

The campaign, “Embrace the Miracle,” will provide for improvements and additional space for the band, choir, a theater, field house to address athletic and additional fine arts needs, an elevator and ramps for accessibility, and an endowed scholarship fund.

The school’s existing facility was built in 1949 and serves more than 300 students.

New prayer line

The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women has developed a prayer line exclusively to pray for individuals who suffer from mental illness.

The “ACCW Mental Illness Prayer Connection,” can be accessed 24 hours a day by calling (651) 290-1636.

Holy Angels award

The Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield awarded its Angelus Award to Kathleen Hanley during a special ceremony Sept. 22. The award is given to an AHA alumnus who has made significant contributions to the school, church, profession or community.

Hanley is a 1971 graduate of the school and has been teaching there for 30 years. She also has been the recipient of the school’s Lunde Award, which honors teachers who have made outstanding contributions to the education, faith and well-being of AHA students.

Professing vows

Sister Marie Monique Uppgaard, a former parishioner at St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony, made her first profession as a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 8.

A graduate of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, she is currently studying at Aquinas College in Nashville, preparing for the teaching apostolate.

She is the daughter of David and Marie Uppgaard.

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