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Memorial takes flight on eagle’s wings

Joe Koppeis released a bald eagle into the wild at a memorial service for his son, Justin, on March 21 at Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County. Family, relatives, friends, and classmates of Justin’s children at Immaculate Conception School of Columbia, Ill., witnessed the release. World Bird Sanctuary director of operations Roger Holloway, left, assisted.

At funeral services for Justin Koppeis on March 9, Thomas Rollins approached close friend Joe Koppeis — Justin's father — about doing something special to memorialize Joe's son, who died at age 34 on March 3.

One of Justin's favorite hymns was "On Eagles Wings," and it just so happened that the World Bird Sanctuary, of which Rollins is a board member, would be releasing a bald eagle from Cliff Cave Park in south St. Louis County within two weeks.

Sister of St. Joseph deliver gifts from 1896


Discolored by oxidation, the copper box had been sealed within a time capsule since 1896 in the foundation of the chapel at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's former Our Lady of Good Counsel Convent at 1849 Cass Avenue, popularly known as the Clemens House of Samuel Clemens fame — aka Hannibal's Mark Twain.

Now, it was about a half-mile to the west at 1421 Jefferson Avenue in the St. Louis Fire Department Headquarters' media center, sitting on a table covered with white paper and awaiting its grand reveal.

Next issue of Catholic St. Louis magazine available soon

Our latest edition of Catholic St. Louis magazine is in the mail this week. Our cover story takes a look at how the Annual Catholic Appeal provides vital support to ministries that reveal Christ to the world.

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Archdiocesan news briefs

Franciscan Sisters of Mary in the news



During the sacred Triduum, just before the sun peeks over the horizon, the Religious Sisters of Mercy assemble in the darkness of their convent chapel for prayer. Only a small light beams from 15 candles.

The intimate gathering is quiet and somber, only pierced by their chanting of the Psalms and Lamentations of Jeremiah. One by one, the candles are extinguished as the sisters recall with gratitude the passion and death of Jesus.

Incarnate Word, Chaminade basketball programs soar


The defending state champions ruled in two state basketball finals involving Catholic schools from the archdiocese. Incarnate Word Academy earned its second consecutive championship in the Class 4 girls game, while Chaminade College Prep fought hard in the boys Class 5 game but lost to defending champion Webster Groves High School.

Incarnate Word's win

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