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About the time the sun rises each day, Jim Winkeler has settled into his regular chair in the sun room of his home to pray the Rosary and soak in the daily readings. From one angle, he can view the sunrise as he prays, and from over his shoulder he can catch a glimpse of a statue of the Blessed Mother in his backyard. A framed picture of his wife, Nancy, who died in 2012, keeps watch from the small table next to him.
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At 15 years old, she lived in a loving household, homeschooled by her family. Young and curious, she decided to study abroad. With her parents, she did some research and found a program. When she arrived at her destination, she quickly discovered she had been lured into a sex trafficking ring. Her father eventually flew overseas to rescue her.
"How we doing, brother?" the supervisor asked the carpenter, who had been busy finishing work on the drywall in a bathroom area of the building.
"Great. We're putting the doorway in," came the reply.
The walls were looking good, sturdy as can be, a perfect fit. Electrical work has been completed. The storefront in a 130-year-old building along Main Street in Troy is being transformed into a satellite office for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, the largest comprehensive social support agency in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties.
In a jail workout room, heartfelt songs are belted out as the inmate choir members sway to the music.
It's prayerful. It's powerful.
The Second Chance Choir at the Lincoln County Jail has offers from near and far to appear at churches and for community groups. They've gone to nearly 40 places so far. Because of logistics and cost of transportation, they mostly stick to Lincoln and St. Charles Counties.
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As a newly ordained priest, Father Wissam Akiki hasn't been assigned to his first parish yet, but already he's been preparing for another big assignment: He'll be filling in at a parish in Cincinnati during Holy Week, perhaps the most important week in the life of the Church.
Already, his plate has been filled. In addition to assisting at his temporary assignment, St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis, he's been preparing his homilies for Holy Week and tending to another major part of his life -- his wife, Manal, and 8-year-old daughter, Perla.
The Little Sisters of the Poor stay grounded in the knowledge that they are carrying on the work of their foundress.
In 1839 St. Jeanne Jugan, a poor 47-year old working woman in post-revolutionary France, shared a small apartment with a friend. They took in an infirm, blind, elderly neighbor who had been left alone when her sister was dying in the hospital. Soon they began caring for other elderly, and girls from the neighborhood joined in providing care.