This weeks movie pick: “Terraferma”

We would like to make a recommendation for viewing each week.  This could be a movie on Netflix, Amazon, DVD or other device.

Here is this weeks pick.

“Terraferma,” or “Mainland,” by director Emanuele Crialese, explores how the lives of a fisherman and his family on a remote island off the Sicilian coast are transformed when they rescue a pregnant Ethiopian woman at sea and hide her in their house.



Comparing the spiritual journeys of Dante and St. Augustine

St. Augustine and Dante made a great contribution to the development of world cultures. The impact of these great leaders had a powerful force the next centuries.

Comparing the spiritual journeys of Dante and St. Augustine in the Confessions, it is possible to mention that the poem “The Divine Comedy” is a real masterpiece of a famous Italian poet. Dante saw the other world and talked about his journey through hell. This poem embodies an allegorical vision of the afterlife, moral and religious thoughts with instructive purposes. Numerous tales of ghostly wanderings, visions of heaven and hell found its highest artistic expression in the Divine Comedy. Dante has made a system in a discordant mix of images. This system is inspired by the teachings of the church and the teachings of Aristotle and Cicero. Dante’s guide through hell was a Roman poet Virgil, who being the voice of reason, instructed Dante’s spiritual life and helped him to form a moral conscience, necessary for life in harmony with God’s will. In comparison, the Confession is a central literary work of St. Augustine. The name of this work entirely corresponds to its real content: a sinner, opening his own soul to the readers, in the face of God and people repents of his sins and gives thanks to God for His mercy. During his life, Augustine traveled a lot, learning and perceiving the Orthodox faith. The contrast between the spiritual journeys of Dante and St. Augustine is that Augustine’s journey is more confessionary, but Dante’s one is more psychological.






7:30PM at the Si Commons Building on the campus of SLUH

(4970 Oakland Avenue)

This is a free event!  Doors open at 7:00PM

About the speaker: 

David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D.Phil. (Oxon.) teaches in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He holds the pontifical license in Patrology from the University of Innsbruck and the D.Phil. in Ecclesiastical History from Oxford University.  Most recently he published the Annotated Confessions of Saint Augustine (Ignatius Press, 2012), The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America Press, 2013), as well as co-edited (along with Eleonore Stump) the Cambridge Companion to Augustine (2014). He is a former president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, as well as a Fellow at the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University, and serves on the ecclesiastical board of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.

Click here to register for this event.



We would like to make a recommendation for viewing each week.  This could be a movie on Netflix, Amazon, DVD or other device.

Here is this weeks pick.

Suburra is the cool new movie that might become a Netflix mini-series!
Italian with English subtitles.







Details:  A dream as big as Monte Carlo or Las Vegas, protected by corrupt politicians and  blessed by the church.

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Also please send me any recommendations.
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Travel Opportunities

Italy’s  Treasures

There is an opportunity for to students and community leaders to travel  to Italy in the Spring of 2017.   Travel with the Learning Community Leader, Chris Stephens, Professor of Communication Arts, has been honored by the Missouri Community College Association of as “Global Educator of the Year”.  He has presented widely on the topic of global studies. This project has been selected as “Campus Innovation of the Year” at Florissant Valley. Chris is fluent in Italian and brings his expertise in language and Italian culture to the community.

This is a great opportunity for a small group of adults in our community to join Professor Stephens in this wonderful trip and be able to meet and help young students enjoy our great culture.  I have joined him three times in the past and have greatly appreciated traveling with young energetic faces with a great interest in learning.

MARCH 8-17, 2017

From the town of Verona where Romeo and Juliet’s love affair unfolded, to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Piazza San Marco in Venice, St. Louis Community College’s Study Abroad Italy program offers you an educational experience like none other.

Immerse yourself in the Italian language and the ancient and contemporary cultures of Italy while you explore castles, museums and theatres, experience the diverse cultural history of Brescia, Milano, Venice and Verona, enjoy the natural splendor of the Lake Iseos, and imbibe in the culinary arts of Italy.

 For more information click here



10th Annual Aldo Della Croce Open Bocce Tournament


Dear Bocce Players,

Our Club invites to play in the 10th Annual Aldo Della Croce Open Bocce Tournament, November 4-6, 2016. The tournament will have two divisions. The ADC division which is open to all genders with minimum prize money of $5,000.00 will be given out top eight teams. The Fiore division which is open to women only with minimum of $1500.00 will be given out to the top four teams.

Entry fee is $75.00 per player for either division includes continental breakfast, 2 lunches and dinner Saturday night. Please pass this information to other bocce players that would like to play in the tournament. I have enclosed the application form feel free to make copies or go to our web site at get one.

Below are the preferred hotels for this tournament:

Drury Inn & Suite- Forest Park 2111 Sulpher Ave. St. Louis, Mo. 63139 (314)646-0770 2 queen beds non smoking or 1 King Bed non-smoking $139.99 plus tax To make a reservation either go online at and enter group #2264800. By phone call: 1-800-325-0720 and ask for room block for Aldo Della Croce Bocce Tournament group# 2264800 Deadline to get special rate is October 3, 2016.

Parkway Hotel 4550 Forest Park Avenue St. Louis, Mo. 63108 314-256-7777 1 king or 2 queen beds non smoking $115.00 plus tax. Parking is $7.00 per day with unlimited in/out privileges. To book need to CALL 314-256-7777 and ask for room block for Aldo Della Croce Bocce Tournament Deadline to get special rate is October 4, 2016.

All teams must wear matching team shirts. If more information is needed you can contact: Robert Della Croce at 314-477-0154 or e-mail:

Hope to see you in November

Robert Della Croce

Tournament Coordinator

Men Interested in Italian American Heritage


Fratellanza Socitey Open House Party

It’s free and a great way to meet the members and find out about the oldest Italian organization in the United States!!! We will be hosting an Open House for all potential members on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pm at our regular meeting room at Guido’s.  This is an opportunity for you to introduce your friends and family to our great society.  Any male 18 and up is invited.  There will be complimentary food and soft drinks for all in attendance, so bring guests and be a part of expanding our membership.  Even if you are not able to bring anyone, please come and meet the potential members.  If you know you are bringing guests please respond to this e-mail,  so we can try to order the correct amount of food.

Saint Louis

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