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Msgr. Leo Sullivan, longtime pastor, dies

Msgr. Leo F. Sullivan, a longtime archdiocesan pastor and an example of the working Church, died Nov. 26 of a heart attack at Mother of Good Counsel Home in Normandy. He was 89.

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke was the main celebrant at a funeral Mass Nov. 30 at Holy Trinity Parish in St. Ann. Bishop George J. Lucas, leader of the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., a longtime friend and once an associate pastor under Msgr. Sullivan, gave the homily. Auxiliary Bishop Robert J. Hermann, along with almost 50 priests, concelebrated the Mass.

Author relates story of four heroic World War II chaplains

The story of four chaplains who died together in World War II is told in "No Greater Glory: The Four Immortal Chaplains and the Sinking of the Dorchester in World War II," by Dan Kurzman, Random House. 250 pages, $24.95.

It is the story of four World War II U.S. Army chaplains who died together when their troop ship sank in the freezing North Atlantic.

The Dorchester, a U.S. Army troop ship, was carrying 900 men to Greenland from Nova Scotia when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat near midnight on Feb. 3, 1943.

Fostering vocations: What's the next step?

As area Catholics dedicate themselves to praying for religious vocations, many are also asking what they can do beyond prayer to make these vocations a reality.

Amid the prayer, those encouraging religious vocations also face a rising problem with parents who discourage their children from thinking about becoming a priest or nun.

Catholics across the archdiocese have been establishing in their parishes a Serra Club initiative called the "31 Club," in which participants dedicate one day of the month to come to Mass and pray for religious vocations.

Queen of Peace Center transforms women's lives, offers hope

Teresa never thought she would be where she is today. "I never thought with my background that I could do anything. I always thought I would work in a factory Teresa never thought she would be where she is today.

"I never thought with my background that I could do anything. I always thought I would work in a factory — that I would have to be laboring, working with my hands."

St. Cecilia School to open academy

Plans are under way for St. Cecilia School in South St. Louis to open a school within a school — St. Cecilia Academy — next fall for its sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders.

The middle school will remain part of the kindergarten-through-eighth-grade parish school, drawing students from within the parish boundaries.

But it will be a separate program, somewhat following the Nativity school model found nationwide, with expanded academic programs, longer school days, some weekend classes and a special summer program.

Hospice patient thanks friends, family for care

Ellen Fry wants to say thank you. Thank you to her friends. Thank you to the community at Fellowship Baptist Church in Warrenton. Thank you to her neighbors. Thank you to her family. And thank you to the staff at SSM Hospice Ellen Fry wants to say thank you.

Thank you to her friends. Thank you to the community at Fellowship Baptist Church in Warrenton. Thank you to her neighbors. Thank you to her family. And thank you to the staff at SSM Hospice — all who have supported her as she discovered she had a life-threatening illness.

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