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Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:00 am | Updated: 4:07 pm, Thu Jan 12, 2012.

New York archbishop (and St. Louis native) TIMOTHY DOLAN is headed to Rome next month, where he and 21 others will officially become cardinals. POPE BENEDICT XVI last week elevated the 62-year-old Dolan, who will be among the youngest in the college of cardinals at the Vatican. Dolan was ordained as a priest in St. Louis more than 35 years ago, and served in three local parishes before becoming vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and then serving as auxiliary bishop in St. Louis in 2001.

A familiar face is returning at the helm of Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s chaplaincy program. Rabbi ELIZABETH HERSH has stepped back into her position after having recently spent several months in Australia. Hersh, a former rabbi at United Hebrew Congregation, is an experienced chaplain who visits with hundreds of Jewish nursing home residents throughout the St. Louis region.

Local author SCOTT PHILLIPS will be making his way to University City Public Library next week to read from and discuss his latest novel, The Adjustment. The New York Times recently declared The Adjustment as this year’s ‘Favorite Noir’ title. An earlier novel, The Ice Harvest, garnered Phillips a California Book Award, as well as Edgar Award and Hammett Prize nominations. Phillips’ Jan. 18 appearance begins at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, St. Louis County Library headquarters is preparing for a visit by bestselling historian JOHN M. BARRY, who will discuss and sign his new book, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. In the book, Barry traces back the origins of the battle between church and state, and what he finds is as relevant today as it was in the 17th century. His appearance is planned for Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

Health care veteran CHRIS HOWARD is the new president/CEO of SSM Health Care in St. Louis. The 47-year-old Howard has been with SSM for 17 years, having recently served as the company’s regional president/system VP in Oklahoma. Howard will oversee the mission, vision and strategic focus for a health care network of seven hospitals, 2,500 physicians and more than 11,200 employees. He replaces JIM SANGER, who retired last month.

Circus Harmony’s JESSICA HENTOFF will soon be making her way to Monte Carlo, at the invitation of Monaco’s PRINCESS STEPHANIE. Hentoff and the princess will be judging the prestigious 36th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival next week. In addition, Hentoff has been invited to address Princess Stephanie’s Circus Director’s Luncheon on the subject of ‘social circus,’ which incorporates the teaching and performing of circus arts to motivate social change.

CALLING ALL CAMPERS (AND THEIR PARENTS)! LN is looking for photos of your summer camp highlights, to be published our Feb. 3 issue. Send us your favorite photo from last summer’s camp adventures by Monday, Jan. 23. Please be sure to identify everyone in the photo and tell us where it was taken. We’ll publish as many as space allows. Photos can be emailed to: mbush@laduenews.com.

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