Miraculous is a word often tossed around lightly, but in the case of Ignatius Strecker, a German immigrant living in St. Louis in the mid 19th century, the word has the weight of Vatican authentication.
Strecker's cure of injury and illness was accepted as a miracle for the canonization cause of St. Peter Claver, a 17th-century Spanish Jesuit who ministered to black slaves. The miracle occurred 150 years ago at what is now the Shrine of St. Joseph in north St. Louis. The shrine is planning to mark the anniversary with a Mass on March 16.
Is it possible to evangelize others with a cow? Ask Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa, and he'll say yes.
The bishop of the Masaka Diocese in southern Uganda is doing just that through the Masaka Diocese Dairy Organization Cow Project, an effort he started in 1993 to provide dairy cows to Ugandan families in an effort to help them rise out of poverty and help them to boost their self-worth and dignity.
When Sister Janice Munier, SSND, received a packet of materials to help promote the U.S. bishops' annual Black and Indian Mission collection this month, she was surprised to see a familiar face on the promotional poster.
Tommy Chester, a carpenter foreman with Musick Construction working on renovation of the Basilica of St. Louis King of France (Old Cathedral), stood at the top of the stone bell tower at the base of the steeple.
An octagon shape, the steeple protrudes into a square, leaving a space in the corners of the square. As part of his work, he had to crawl inside, knock some wood off and wedge himself in the corner to give the roof support to build scaffolding.
Chester knew no one has been in that voided area since the completion of the tower, which was right around 1834.