Living Our Faith

The Living Our Faith section highlights Catholics and Catholic organizations who are living the Catholic faith in their daily lives through their prayer, works, and generous service to the community.

Civil rights icon Sister Antona Ebo says spread the love of God

"We need to get out and tell the people that we are here to praise and magnify the Lord and worship him," Sister Antona Ebo told attendees of the Faith in Ferguson prayer gathering March 10 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Sister Antona Ebo, FSM, sat in the back of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and greeted the many who attended the sixth "Faith in Ferguson" prayer service March 10.

For about 20 minutes following the service, she shook hands, posed for pictures or just shared laughs and hugs in what quickly became a receiving line.

Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, who organizes "Faith in Ferguson," attributed the crowd of an estimated 300 to Sister Ebo's presence on the 50th anniversary date of her participation in a Voting Rights march in Selma, Ala.

Powerful visual highlights racial disparity

Jennifer Dunn, left, from St. Margaret of Scotland Parish, Ella Scott from St. Nicholas Parish, Drew Garvey from St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Parish and Sylvester Raymond with Visitation/St. Ann Shrine participated in an exercise March 7 at “Sacred Conversations on Race (+ Action)” at Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church in St. Louis. The exercise demonstrated racial disparity.

About a half-hour into the session March 7, the "Sacred Conversation about Race + Action" turned on a visual.

A powerful visual.

Facilitator Margie Pride, minister of Memorial Boulevard Christian Church, made a series of statements. Four volunteers -- two black and two white, a male and a female in each pair -- moved one step forward when a statement reflected their experiences.

Most statements dealt with race and the individual's assessment of a specific situation; for example, related to housing, fashion, shopping, public speaking or culture.

Donated sleeping mats are a labor of love

Dan Ward carried his colorful mat, woven of used plastic shopping bags, after it was given to him at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Center in Soulard. Lisa Johnston |

Danny Ward took off his stocking cap and displayed a full head of gray hair to go with a scraggly gray beard.

"They call me the Silver Fox," he said, then chuckled.

The homeless man needed to keep his head covered on a night when the wind chill dipped below zero.

Bishops urge halt to building of wall, confiscation of land in West Bank

Congress should urge the government of Israel to halt unnecessary confiscation of Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank, which would help address the plight of Christian Palestinians in the Cremisan Valley and "renew hope for a just resolution to the conflict," according to the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Arab Christians struggle to get to Bethlehem

A Palestinian sought to sell souvenirs to cars passing through Checkpoint 300, the Israeli separation wall, separating Jerusalem and Bethlehem, West Bank, in December.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- Coming to Bethlehem for Christmas is always like a family reunion for Afif Hazboun.

For example, in December he had been standing in front of the Christmas tree in Manger Square for less than 10 minutes, and already two cousins had greeted him warmly, exchanging news and pleasantries.

A native of Nazareth, the 48-year-old Catholic was following the tradition that his father -- who was born in Bethlehem and went to live in Nazareth -- began with him as a child: Hazboun brings his wife and children to visit the city every Christmas.

Father Ron Chochol picks olives for peace in Palestinian territory

Father Ron Chochol, second from right, picked olives in the West Bank as part of a program to help Palestinians who have trouble harvesting olives because of Israeli restrictions.

Just a few months after a cease-fire ended violence in Israel last year, Father Ron Chochol was in a field in the West Bank territory, literally holding an olive branch -- the symbol of peace.

It wasn't a protest but instead was a sign of solidarity; he was holding branches while picking olives.

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