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Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Sgt. John Wall stood outside of the St. Louis County Police Department in Clayton.

Among the iconic images of the 9/11 tragedy, photographs of policemen and firefighters stand out: The first-responders were entering the doomed World Trade Center as most everyone else was filing out.

They embraced the danger of the moment, most going to their ultimate deaths, because the job requires it. First-responders sign up for this risk; they accept it as part of their service.

Understanding this characteristic is important; they willingly head toward danger, while most others flee.

Good Shepherd expands maternity wing

Good Shepherd Children and Family Services recently expanded its services to at-risk teen and young adult mothers by opening a new maternity wing.

The Catholic Charities federation agency received an anonymous donation of more than $90,000 for the construction of the maternity suite, which accommodates up to 10 mothers and their children and four who are pregnant, said Kathy Fowler, director of treatment services. The maternity program serves moms ages 12-21 who qualify as homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless or are in foster care. Moms moved into the wing in mid-September.

Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition taking steps to place foster kids in loving homes at rapid pace

Refresh store manager Jessica Goode chose clothes to dress mannequins with volunteers Halie Wildhaber and Tori Sanders, students at Incarnate Word Academy.

Tagyn Bates has been volunteering with the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition for the past two years. The sophomore at St. Mary's High School earns service hours for the work he does, but for Tagyn, the reason for volunteering is more personal -- his mother was once a foster child.

Education, programs address justice, race issues

Father Richard Creason gave Most Holy Trinity students a catechism lesson.

St. Frances Cabrini Academy students are from all economic levels, ethnic backgrounds and faith traditions. Because of support from throughout the community, the school in south St. Louis is able to enroll students whose families need help to meet tuition costs.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, in a letter to business leaders in 2010, explained that the Archdiocese of St. Louis has long been morally and financially committed to urban education -- at a number of elementary and high schools.

Catholics show solidarity with Ferguson community

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Sister Cathy Doherty, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, stood inside the church doors and greeted people as they left Sunday Mass on Nov. 16.

One couple lingered for while to chat with the School Sister of Notre Dame, before she thanked them for coming and bid them farewell.

Cardinal Ritter's college-bound rates 'a game-changer'

Jullian Snipes, Karrington Tipler and Eric Davis Jr. walked through the halls of Cardinal Ritter Prep High School. All three take leadership positions within the school and their community.

Positive news greets visitors approaching the entrance to Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School on North Spring Avenue in Midtown St. Louis.

The banner above the front doors touts the school's 11 state sports championships, including its Class 3 basketball title last season. And the school recently won the Class 2, District 2 title in the state football playoffs.

Those are just the school's sporting achievements. Successes in academia are off the charts, impossible to top -- as in, a 100-percent graduation rate and a 100-percent college-bound rate.

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