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Archbishop brings missionary discipleship message to Ferguson


In an informal setting on the second floor of the Ferguson Brewhouse, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson found an audience of Catholics receptive to the message of becoming missionary disciples.

The commission of missionary discipleship was the primary focus of the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America," a gathering in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month attended by Archbishop Carlson and 19 delegates of the archdiocese.

‘Drum-major instinct’ fuels soldiers of Christ

Father Art Cavitt

On Jan. 4, I participated in a prayer service in memory of Mr. Leon Henderson, the beloved and recently deceased president emeritus of Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School. It brought to mind my time as a faculty member completing my first academic year at the former site on Thecla Avenue in the Walnut Park neighborhood. The faculty, staff, and supporters gathered in the spring of 2003 for the dedication of the current school complex near Grandel Square. Then-Archbishop Justin F.

Mission at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta shows 'Joy of the Gospel'

Paintings of Father Augustus Tolton, left, and Sister Thea Bowman that will hang in Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church.

In the closing Mass for the mini-mission at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson and with a trip forthcoming to Philadelphia for Pope Francis' visit to the United States, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson focused on one of the pope's main messages in his brief pontificate.

The "Joy of the Gospel."

Speaking extemporaneously for about 15 minutes in the homily, Archbishop Carlson demonstrated just what the pope meant in his apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), simply being joyful preaching the word of Jesus Christ.

BEFORE THE CROSS | We are all annointed to follow the Lord

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led prayer Aug. 24 before blessing the new wing at Rosati-Kain High School in the Central West End. Joining Archbishop Carlson were Sister Joan Andert, SSND, president of Rosati-Kain, left, and seminarian Michael Horn. The new wing includes a learning commons and library, a chemistry lab and a courtyard.

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." (Luke 4:18)

Ferguson prayer procession takes a humble route

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish led a peace walk through Ferguson Nov. 2. Members of 10 local churches sang hymns as they walked to city hall. Not knowing each other, but seeing that he needed a little assistance in walking, Walter Bland III, right, took the arm of Russ Watts to steady him as they processed through the streets.Image

On the morning of Nov. 2, it seemed as if the short prayer procession from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to Ferguson City Hall might not come off at all.

Concern had been expressed that the event, simply titled "Lean-In Prayer Procession," might be perceived as yet another in a long line of protests -- sometimes violent -- in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Community residents are weary of those.

Ferguson food pantries have witnessed increase in help

The St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish operates once a month to help the poor supplement their needs. LaTasha Brown and Marquitta Watson waited in line as it rained.

It was Ieasha Hill's first time coming to the food pantry at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson.

She's on Social Security but doesn't receive food stamps. With three children, ages 5, 7 and 9, the donation she received on a recent morning -- a couple of boxes filled with bread, yogurt, milk, butter, eggs and meat -- will go a long way.

"This is a blessing," said Hill, who was with her mother that day, also a recipient of the pantry's bounty. "I don't know what I'd do without this."

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