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Lovers of the Holy Cross embody love for Christ crucified

Five sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Phat Diem made their perpetual religious professions at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in south St. Louis. The community came to the Archdiocese from Vietnam by invitation of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, who was the principal celebrant of the Mass attended by many friends, family, parishioners, priests and religoius. The five religious are Sister Teresa Din Thi Cuc, Sister Maria Vu Thi Diep, Sister Tran Thi Khuyen, Sister Maria Nguyen Thi Thuy and Sister Anna Vu Thi Thuyen.

Five members of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Phat Diem, Vietnam, made their perpetual religious professions last month at a Mass at Resurrection Church in south St. Louis where the sisters have established a convent. The parish primarily serves the Catholic Vietnamese community.

Dignity of the vulnerable

Central American immigrants awaited transportation to a U.S. Border Patrol processing center after crossing the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas. Catholic Charities of St. Louis agencies are answering the bishops’ call to care for unaccompanied children with compassion and dignity. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the border since October.

Most are hungry; sometimes they are malnourished. They have lived in cardboard houses. They have experienced violence and government oppression. They live in fear.

They come from Central America, sometimes other regions, fleeing violent drug cartels. They consider the United States an opportunity for freedom away from their choatic communities and countries and to build a new life for themselves and their families.

Probate commissioner gets award, boosts agency

When Patrick J. Connaghan, probate commissioner for the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri in St. Louis, received an award at the spring conference of the National College of Probate Judges, he used the opportunity to assist and bring attention to the good works of a Catholic Charities agency.

The Judge Isabella Horton Grant Guardianship Award recognizes and encourages achievements in the field of guardianships of minors and adults. The award is $1,000, along with funding for the recipient to attend the spring conference. Connaghan gave the funds to the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry.

Approach toward crime means laying it on the line

Gang members who were recently released from prison had gathered with police, crime victims and community members to talk about their experiences -- an effort led by Janine Geske, director of the Marquette Law School's Restorative Justice Initiative.

Geske told of one former gang member who had been in and out of prison three times. He laid it on the line, telling the gathering that he has been unable to get a job since his release and would go back to the life that led him to prison if he didn't become employed soon.

Bike giveaway becomes a form of evangelization

Samjah Torrence, 2, hoped to win this tricycle during the Christmas in July Picnic on July 26 at Most Holy Trinity Parish in St. Louis’ Hyde Park neighborhood. The parish’s Christmas committee gave away the bicycles — and tricycles — to young people who live in the neighborhood.

Aniya Grimes, 11, tugged on the sleeve of her 10-year-old brother, Camryn, who was sitting on a bike he had just received.

"I won. I won it," she said to him, her excitement bubbling over.

Later, after being fitted for a helmet and picking out her bike, Aniya explained what she liked about it. "These polka dots make it special," she said.

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