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WINE encourages women to form a spiritual sisterhood in developing a relationship with Christ

Tina Coleman, from St. Gabriel the Archangel, and Sandy Hauser, from St. Justin Martyr Parish, prayed during The Gateway WINE (Women in the New Evangelization) Book Club April 4 at Pauline Books and Media. The group meets each week for spiritual discussions on the books they are reading.

On a Wednesday afternoon, about a dozen women spread out among several tables, embellished with purple tablecloths, bottles of wine and chocolate. The atmosphere was relaxed, almost retreat-like, as they discussed the lives of the saints and how to pray with them.

Fund helps SLU students ‘accompany’ Nicaraguans

Suzy Kickham visited with a 7-year-old friend she made while volunteering in a children’s program in a village in Nicaragua. Kickham, a St. Louis University student, said she appreciated the beauty and challenges she found in the Central American country thanks to a program in memory of a 1985 graduate of SLU, Mev Puleo.

Last summer, St. Louis University student Suzy Kickham volunteered on a project in Nicaragua in an impoverished rural community without paved roads or running water. Kickham doesn't speak much Spanish but connected with a 7-year-old child who made her comfortable and became a friend.

"She showed me how to accompany others. It's wild to think that someone that age can teach you something that profound," Kickham said.

State-of-the-art for history

Madeline McDermott, associate archivist for collection management at the Jesuit Archives, pulled an unsorted box from the archives on April 2. The Jesuit Archives and Research Center holds collections for researchers from around the world.

To say the new Jesuit Archives and Research Center has "room to grow" would be an understatement ... make that, a vast understatement.

Consider that its new headquarters is more than six times larger than its old space. The archives now have 32,000-square feet of climate-controlled storage space, whereas they used to be crammed into about 5,000-square feet at the provincial offices in the Central West End.

Also, its storage area has room enough for 51,000 letter-size boxes, whereas only 6,000 boxes are needed for the entire current collection of artifacts, documents and books.

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Valle Catholic nabs another 'Do The Right Thing' honor

Divine Mercy Sunday celebrates fullness of Christ’s mercy

Years ago, Donna Cori Gibson came across the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska and placed it in her collection of Catholic books. She didn't pick it up until a few years later, when she hit a low point in her life.

What struck her the most from the diary — which details Christ's private revelations to the Polish nun in the 1930s — was how He stressed the value of suffering and how powerful it is when we are able to unite our own sufferings with His.

Handi-Capable Egg Hunt is Easter highlight for Knights of Columbus

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Lined up along the edge of the parking lot, a group of about 80 hunters were ready, bags in hand. At the front of the line, the Easter Bunny raised his arms as he counted: "One! Two! Three! Go!"

And they were off. In a matter of minutes, hundreds of plastic Easter eggs were scooped up from the lot. With their quarry secured, the hunters eagerly retreated to the warmth of the Knights of Columbus hall to sort through the treasure on a cold and overcast Palm Sunday afternoon.

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