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The journey to adoption

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Anne Stein was joyfully crafting an email to her school families, to let them know she was going to become an adoptive mother in a few weeks The teacher at St. James the Greater had barely hit send when she got a text from a friend of the birth mother:

She's gone into labor. Could you come?

Stein and her husband, Andy, quickly packed their things and took off for the UC Irvine Medical Center, in Orange County, Calif. They arrived just two hours after their son, Andrew, was born.

Midshipman answers the call at Kenrick-Glennon

While attending the U.S. Naval Academy last year, current seminarian Andrew Hunt, left, realized that the call to the priesthood was stronger than his desire to stay at the Academy. He credits the Catholic community at the Naval Academy with encouraging his discernment.

With an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, Andrew Hunt seemed to have his plans set for at least the next nine years, maybe more.

He'd spend four years at the academy in Annapolis, Md., then five more as a commissioned officer in the Navy. After that, he'd either become career military, just as his father, John, was for 34 years in the Air Force, or parlay his Naval experience into a rewarding career.

Either way, it seemed that he would fulfill the dreams nurtured by tagging along as a young child with his dad to Scott Air Force Base in Mascoutah, Ill.

Editorial | Lent is a journey — get moving

It's called a Lenten journey for a reason.

The journey includes prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Immigrant entrepreneurs take risks, enrich local economy

Luis Rivero, right, who owns the company that makes Hůga Bar with his brother-in-law, immigrated from his native Venezuela in 2003. After 10 years working for DuPont, he decided to quit his job and start his small business. Rivero talked with Jamie Bubenik, Whole Life manager at Dierbergs, who said she is happy to have a St. Louis food product like Hůga Bars on the shelves.

Luis Rivero founded Hůga Bar (think "PowerBar") and recently added Whole Foods stores as an outlet for the nutrition bar with flavors inspired by international recipes.

One-on-one pastoral care suggested for adolescents with same-sex attraction

A recent request from students at a Catholic high school to establish a gay-straight alliance club for students has led to inquiries about the Church's approach to pastoral care of individuals with same-sex attraction.

Little Sisters of the Poor still need help from the community

Although the Little Sisters of the Poor announced last year they would withdraw from ministry at their St. Louis Residence, they are still serving the needy elderly there and need assistance. Sister Joseph Maureen Hobin, LSP, joked with 99-year-old resident Thelma McCafferty before a Mardi Gras party. McCafferty was born and raised just a few blocks from the sisters’ St. Louis Residence.

The Little Sisters of the Poor have a clear and simple message to share with the St. Louis community: They're still here and they still need your help.

In August, the sisters announced a plan to withdraw from their ministry in St. Louis after 147 years. They cited an aging community and decrease in sufficient vocations to effectively staff their residence for the needy elderly in north St. Louis.

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