Patricia Rice

Patricia Rice is a freelance writer based in St. Louis who has covered religion for many years. She also writes about cultural issues, including opera.

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Visitation Report
5:39 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

American Nuns Get Christmas Card From The Vatican; Cautious Optimism Here

The high average age of U.S. nuns was a concern expressed in the report.
Credit Manu Gomez | Flickr

The Vatican gave U.S. Catholic sisters what seems to be a joyfully grateful Christmas card Tuesday morning. The long-awaited report by the Vatican department that oversees women and men religious was a benediction.

It said the Vatican is “committed to collaborate in the realization of Pope Francis’ resolve that the ‘feminine genius’ find expression where important church decisions are made.”

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Mercantile Library
8:38 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Beyond Cake: The Making And Mapping Of St. Louis

The show at the Mercantile Library has so many elements, some are on the floor.
Credit Facebook post

To celebrate a major birthday — say, 50 or older — many hosts serve cake and display photos of the celebrant: baby photos, first steps, awkward adolescence, coming of age and major landmarks of adulthood.

For St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration, John Neal Hoover has done just that. At the Mercantile Library’s new exhibition, Hoover hung several century-old photos, older paintings and drawings, but mostly he tells the city history in maps.

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Up 4 Percent
11:06 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Opera Theatre Closes Its Books On A Record-Setting Season

"27," the story of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in Paris, was premiered in the 2014 season.
Credit Ken Howard | OTSL

In a year when opera companies nationwide still struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, and sadly the venerable once-innovative New York City Opera closed, St. Louis continues to support three professional opera companies.

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Even In Isolation
12:18 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Chaplains: Thrownaway Inmates May Flourish With Pastoral Attention

Tom Cummins
Credit Provided by Criminal Justice Ministry

When volunteer prison chaplain Tom Cummins knocks on the door of a prison cell, the inmate’s voice is nearly always welcoming, sometimes delighted.

“I deal almost exclusively with those in isolation,” he said. “The guys know what society thinks of them. They are part of the throwaway society like papers tossed aside, abandoned, out-of-mind, in prisons that are hidden in the country, off a side road. When anyone treats them like a child of God, they flourish. A chaplain can help bring them back to a sense of being part of a whole community.”

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New Start
11:15 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Chaplains: Juveniles Need Support Outside To Maintain Changes Learned In Detention

The Rev. Dietra Wise Baker
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

First of a two-part series.

Prison chaplains wear hope on their sleeves. Many talk about ex-prisoners who transform their lives in prison and, after release, become contributing citizens and good parents.

One of the chaplains, the Rev. Dietra Wise Baker said that most judges and others who work in the justice and corrections systems are “loving,” but the system is flawed.

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Roman Catholic Church
9:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Retired Archdiocesan Priest Suspended Because Of Allegations Of Abuse

Archbishop Robert Carlson
Credit Bill Raack | St. Louis Public Radio file photo

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced Tuesday the suspension of retired priest John J. Ghio because of a recently reported allegation of abuse -- allegedly in the early 1980s.

In a letter to parishes of the Archdiocese, Carlson said:

“Having consulted with the Promoter of Justice, the Vicar for Priests, and the Review Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to ensure the integrity of the process, I have suspended Father Ghio’s priestly faculties until a canonical process is concluded.”

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Teacher and preacher
3:32 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

The Rev. Sean Martin Will Be The First Non-Dominican To Head Aquinas Institute

The Rev. Sean Martin
Credit Provided by Aquinas

Today, for the first time in the 88 years since the Dominican friars founded Aquinas Institute of Theology, a scholar and priest who is not a Dominican becomes its president.

Father Seán Charles Martin is the new Aquinas president.

“It is a big step for us because in our long history we have always had a Dominican,” the Very Rev Charles Bouchard said. He's the Dominican provincial, its elected leader, over 14 states from Michigan to New Mexico, who made today’s announcement in Chicago.

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Opera Preview
8:28 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

'Elixir Of Love' Will Work Its Magic At Opera Theatre

Rene Barbera as Tonio in "Daughter of the Regiment."
Credit Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Night after night, St. Louis opera lovers gave Rene Barbera standing ovations for his expressive, lyrical, tenor voice. That was three years ago at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, when Barbera smoothly delivered an aria's nine high Cs as Tonio, in Gaetano Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment." He made the joyful high notes seem effortless.

Before the Texan left St. Louis that season, the Opera Theatre's leadership decided to stage another Donizetti opera, specifically to bring back Barbera's expressive voice.

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Reflecting Mozart's Joy
10:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

'The Magic Flute' Brings Fun And Sparkles To Opera Theatre Of St. Louis

Isaac Mizrahi
Credit Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Those locked into the stereotype that opera is elite entertainment put on by people in ivory towers may dump that notion when they hear about two guys trying to conjure magic in Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ “The Magic Flute.” It opens Saturday at the Loretto-Hilton Theatre.

The two magic makers are Isaac Mizrahi and Sean Panikkar.

Mizrahi is “Magic Flute’s” stage director, set and costume designer. He has been applauded for his chic designs at down-to-earth prices for Target stores as well as his super glamorous couture looks.

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Arts & Culture
10:42 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Osage Nation Leaders Help Explain St. Louis' Earliest Days

Wazhazhe (Osage), Shield, hide, feathers, cloth, metal and pigment, 18.5 x 44 inches, collection of Osage Tribal Museum
Erik Campos Sheldon Art Galleries

The Osage Nation made Pierre Laclede’s fur trading post a success from its start 250 years ago. This week that bi-cultural partnership, tragically rare in this continent’s history, is being celebrated with more than a dozen events.

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