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Inspired by Dr. Dooley, 'Angel of Saigon' carries on

Betty Tisdale greeted students at St. Louis University High School, where she recently gave a talk on her work with children in need around the world and the inspiration she received from Dr. Tom Dooley. The humanitarian physician was a graduate of SLUH and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal after he died.

Betty Tisdale did what any normal 89-year-old would do.

She started an effort to help save orphaned infants in Afghanistan. Tisdale helped establish a nursery within a larger orphanage, saving the babies who most likely would die without the help.

What else would you expect from the woman nicknamed "the Angel of Saigon"? She was given the name for her heroic efforts in saving 219 orphaned children in Vietnam when the war came to a close in 1975, as the government of South Vietnam was overrun and Americans left the country.

OASIS volunteers to be honored for longtime work tutoring children

Joanne Farley, an OASIS volunteer tutor at the Academy at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, demonstrated her approach to tutoring with student Allen Molitor at the school in Florissant.

When the current OASIS volunteers with significant anniversaries are honored in May, they'll be representing a great many active older adults in the archdiocese who happily take time to help children in school.

The OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program, part of the OASIS national nonprofit organization for seniors, partners with school districts to match older adults with children who need help with language and reading skills.

Birthright 'journey' is a pleasure for volunteer

Viola Brinkmann and Joyce Knobbe covered a vase of roses as they packed up items at the Birthright office in south St. Louis, which is moving to a new location.

It all started 28 years ago with a group from St. Gabriel Parish in south St. Louis who wanted to do their part to help women in crisis pregnancies.

"We just wanted to be there for the mothers, to help them through their journey. Their families sometimes abandon them ... and we're there to help them, comfort them, so they can keep their baby," said Joyce Knobbe.

70 years of Knighthood

Hubert Krieger, a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, will be a a Knight for 70 years this June. He manned one of the cash registers at the annual Lenten fish fry, held at the Father William Pezold Knights of Columbus hall in Cottleville.

In 1943, Hubert Krieger received notice he was being drafted into World War II. The 18-year-old country boy from Perryville was in need of life insurance. So he did what many practical Catholics did at the time — he sought out the Knights of Columbus.

This June, 87-year-old Krieger will celebrate 70 years with the Knights of Columbus. He is a fourth-degree member of the Father William Pezold Council #7198 at St. Joseph in Cottleville.

Divine Mercy Novena

The Feast of the Divine Mercy can be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which begins on Good Friday. Christ made his wishes known through visions given to St. Faustina Kowalska and He gave her an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena.  

The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:

DAY 1 (Good Friday) - All mankind, especially sinners

DAY 2 (Holy Saturday) - The souls of priests and religious

Christian families are key part of new evangelization, pope says

Newly married couples applauded as Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges them during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican earlier this year.

VATICAN CITY -- Christian families are called to welcome, demonstrate and spread the love and presence of Christ in the world, Pope Benedict XVI said.

A family, founded on the marriage of a man and woman and open to having children, is "the human space for an encounter with Christ," he said in a speech late last year to members of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

The council, founded by Pope John Paul II, was marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment by focusing on the role of the family in the "new evangelization."

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