To care for the poor, to defend their rights and to enable them to shape their own destinies is a noble profession -- one shared by lawyers -- a leading advocate for people in poverty told a gathering of law students from St. Louis University Oct. 7.
"It is a gift to each of us for which we should be grateful and a cause for rejoicing in our calling," said Jesuit Father Fred Kammer, former president of Catholic Charities USA and a lawyer himself.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- As much of the rest of Colorado scrambled to stay out of the path of raging floodwaters, residents of beleaguered Manitou Springs and other small mountain towns along the Highway 24 corridor gave thanks that, for now anyway, they were out of harm's way.
"We're all good," a woman at the parish office of Our Lady of the Woods in Woodland Park, said Sept. 13 to The Colorado Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Colorado Springs Diocese.
A former president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Jack Lally, will serve as interim president of the agency, the second time he has guided the agency on an interim basis following his retirement.
The agency's president, Brian O'Malley, chief operating officer, Jack Krings, and chief financial officer, Colleen Dusek, resigned on Sept. 6. No further explanation was given, and the archdiocese noted that it does not comment on personnel issues.
Just three years ago, at age 15, Ethan Trower saw his life fall apart around him. His dreams of growing up with his parents by his side and going off to college disappeared the moment his mother suffered a debilitating stroke. Ethan thought his world had been destroyed.
"I was running through my head that it was a dream. It couldn't have been real," Ethan recalled. "Up to that day, it was the worst day of my life."
JoeAnn Henderson likes the brown eggs, the greens and beets. City Greens Market at Midtown Catholic Charities Community Services helps her obtain wholesome food in her neighborhood. Since Henderson has been shopping there she's lost weight and has improved her eating habits.
Midtown Catholic Charities is seeing success in its programs serving low-income families who live in one of eight St. Louis City neighborhoods.