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Fontbonne lands home-field advantage

Pending final approval, Fontbonne University's purchase of the former John F. Kennedy Catholic High School property represents a win-win for the college and the archdiocese, which owned the campus in Manchester.

For the archdiocese, the former Catholic high school retains its rich heritage of Catholic education, rather than being bulldozed for redevelopment as housing or retail, or being purchased for a public school or secular university.

Mary statue gets new home as archdiocesan schools repurpose former JFK items

St. Mary’s High School recently installed a Mary statue that used to reside on the front lawn outside the former convent at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School.

On that day in August, St. Mary's High School principal Kevin Hacker was on a scouting mission at the former John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Manchester.

The archdiocese, which closed Kennedy in May and owned the property, had invited archdiocesan high school officials for a walk-through to claim items for use in their schools: office and sports equipment, student desks, classroom supplies — whatever wasn't nailed down. But something caught Hacker's eye outside.

A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, and namesake of St. Mary's High School.

Blessed Solanus lived out faith, hope, charity every day, says cardinal

Paula Medina Zarate, second from right, was escorted by two Franciscans as she attended the beatification Mass of Blessed Solanus Casey Nov. 18 at Ford Field in Detroit. The Panamanian woman’s miraculous healing from a skin disease was recognized as the miracle needed to advance the Capuchin Franciscan friar’s cause to beatification.

DETROIT — Blessed Solanus Casey always said that "as long as there is a spark of faith," there can be no discouragement or sorrow, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes.

His words were accompanied by "the concrete practice of faith, hope and charity in his everyday life," the cardinal said in the homily Nov. 18 at the beatification Mass for the beloved Capuchin Franciscan friar who was known for his cures and wise counsel.

The legacy of a gentle soul

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Sister Mary Antona Ebo was remembered as a gentle soul whose legacy of standing for justice and equality will continue to live in others.

The Franciscan Sister of Mary was praised at a funeral Mass Nov. 20 at St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Church in north St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presided at the Mass, along with Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso, Bishop Terry Steib of the Diocese of Memphis (a former St. Louis auxiliary bishop), and about two dozen other priests.

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EDITORIAL | Civil Rights icon Sister Antona Ebo remains an example for us in the fight for justice and equality

Throughout her life, Sister Mary Antona Ebo was known for standing for justice and equality for all.

With her death Nov. 11, there are many who desire to keep her spirit alive. The African-American woman religious, who marched in Selma, Ala., in 1965 for civil rights, told the crowd then that, "I'm here because I'm a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness."

High school, CYC teams score in exciting soccer playoffs

Holy Spirit soccer player Aiva Barry pushed past Our Lady of Lourdes’ Genevieve Wynne in the CYC semifinal match. Holy Spirit defeated Our Lady of Lourdes, but lost to Our Lady of Festus in the championship of the CYC girls midget closed division.

Fall sports — at the high school and grade school levels — are nearing completion, with high school and CYC soccer championships held this month.

The high school soccer championships occurred in St. Louis at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton. St. Louis Priory won the Class 2 Missouri State High School Activities Association championship with a 3-0 victory over Lincoln College Prep of Kansas City.

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