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Catholic high schools score well on ACT

Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis continue to thrive in American College Testing (ACT) achievement.

In data released Aug. 24, Catholic students from the Class of 2016 averaged 24.7 on the ACT, according to the Catholic Education Office.

That average composite score just about equals the 24.8 average of last year, and is 4.6 points ahead of the Missouri state average of public high school seniors — 20.2. The public school average declined 1.5 points, from 21.7 last year

Crying 'buckets of tears' | Little Sisters of the Poor withdrawing from St. Louis residence

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Patricia Stenger looked at five senior living facilities before she found the Little Sisters of the Poor. She knew their residence was place she wanted to call home.

Stenger, who moved into the Old North St. Louis residence in March, became tearful when she learned the sisters were withdrawing from their ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Louis after 147 years.

Restoring dignity is hallmark of volunteer’s work

For years, Maureen Curran watched as her father and two other gentlemen from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Sacred Heart ministered to people in need.

In those days, the pastor would usually get a call — sometimes a knock at the door — from someone at the parish seeking help. Maybe it was a family in need of food or clothing. Or someone down on his luck who couldn't keep up with the bills.

Speaker reflects on racial wealth disparities

After police officer-involved shootings and deaths, in Ferguson locally and elsewhere nationally, policing and the judicial system have been under heavy scrutiny.

Young black men, either armed or unarmed, have died in these high-profile cases, raising questions about potential racial profiling by police and about municipal courts using fines from traffic and other minor offenses to finance small-town or small-city governments.

Post-abortion healing retreat to be offered in Spanish

Project Rachel, the archdiocese's ministry to women who have experienced an abortion, will offer a retreat entirely in Spanish.

The retreat, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, is the culmination of several years of work between the archdiocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry and Respect Life Apostolate.

Project Rachel has received more than a dozen calls in the past several years from Hispanic women who were seeking a retreat in their native language, spiritual activities coordinator Marisol Pfaff said.

Little Sisters of the Poor announce they are departing from residence in St. Louis

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The Little Sisters of the Poor are withdrawing from their ministry of caring for the elderly poor in the Archdiocese of St. Louis after 147 years of service.

The sisters cited a decrease in sufficient vocations to effectively staff the residence in north St. Louis, in the spirit of the community's foundress St. Jeanne Jugan.

"We are eternally grateful for the support and love we received during our many years in St. Louis," said Mother Gonzague Castro, local superior. "We love the city nearly as much as we love the people we work with and care for."

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