The SSMO Foundation Speaker Series is our gift back to the community that supports our campus. These free, informative discussions complement the SSMO Bethany Center Speaker Series and provide our community with timely educational information from trusted sources.

2017-2018 Speaker Series: Coming Events 


Special Screening: “Black Girl in Suburbia” – A Community Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion

A short trailer of the film is available at

Monday, November 6 | 6:00 p.m.

Melissa Lowery, Filmmaker, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Jesuit High School
David Blue, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Central Catholic High School

Valley Catholic High School Kelly Auditorium

“Black Girl In Suburbia” is a 55-minute feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities.

“Black Girl In Suburbia” intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people. In hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others and the community we live in as a whole.


What Happens if I Outlive My Savings? Safeguarding My Financial Future
Monday, March 19 | 6:30 p.m.

Kathryn Calcagno, Managing Director, First Republic Private Wealth Management

Location to be announced


Eldercare 101 – A Practical Guide to Later Life Planning, Care and Wellbeing
Monday, April 23 | 6:30 p.m.

Mary Jo Saavedra, Aging Life Care Manager, Gerontologist, Author and Speaker

Shalom Center at Maryville

Previous Events

Quake Up!  Be Prepared, Not Scared – Small Things You Can Do Today
Monday, October 16 | 6:30 p.m.

Cynthia Valdivia, Public Health Educator
Washington County Public Health Office of Emergency Preparedness

Valley Catholic Elementary School Cafeteria