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School looks outside of box for technology funding

When St. Roch School needed a technology update last year, administrators looked outside the general budget for funding.

They found help from parishioners, parents and alumni of the West End school, who came up with $125,000 to complete the project.

"I am so grateful," said Gloria Openlander, St. Roch principal. "The whole school and parish community and the alumni responded to our request. People worked so hard for this. I have been really impressed with how generous they have been."

Different missions, common goal for pro-life couple

Samuel and Gloria Lee aren’t sure if 20 years ago they could picture themselves where they are today.

"We just wanted to open a bookstore," Gloria Lee said with a chuckle.

But the two are far from that, a whirlwind dream conceived around the time the two were married 21 years ago. Instead, the duo have joined the ranks of perhaps the most notable members of the local pro-life movement. Their worlds are different, yet the same in how they work to promote a culture of life.

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."

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