Obituary | Sr. Mary Ann Lavin, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Ann Lavin was to be celebrated June 22 at Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County. Sister Mary Ann, 85, died June 19 at Nazareth of end stages of dementia. She served for more than 50 years as an educator.

Obituary | Sr. Ruth Butler, CSJ

A memorial Mass for Sister Ruth Butler was celebrated June 5 at Nazareth Living Center's chapel in south St. Louis County.

Sister Ruth, 94, died June 1 at Nazareth after a heart attack. She served in elementary education for 52 of her 75 years of ministry.

Lwanga honoree: Youth ministry is about taking the ‘ink off paper and making it walk’


Corliss Cox knows what it's like to do youth ministry with no money and no plan — and nothing but an intense trust in God and the ability to step out in faith.

Those were the early days of youth ministry for Cox, who was invited to work with the Ujima Youth Program, which became part of the Catholic Youth Council in the mid-1980s to address the needs of black Catholic teens. Several years prior, she had left a job in corporate America to stay home with her newborn son; by the time he turned three, she was looking to return to work.

Obituary | Sister Clairerita Atha, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Clairerita Atha, CSJ, was celebrated March 30 at Nazareth Living Center. She was 84 and had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 65 years.

Born in St. Joseph, Mo., she entered the community in 1951, received a habit and the name Sister Alan Margaret in 1952 and made final profession in 1959. After a brief stint teaching Catholic grade school in Kansas City, Mo., she focused her ministry on nursing, earning a bachelor's degree in nursing in 1957 from the College of St. Teresa (now Avila University) in Kansas City.

TWENTY SOMETHING | ‘Greater horizons’: Tending to each other and our common home

"One should leave a field better than you found it," an old farmer's saying went.

Sometimes that called for heavy lifting. Other times it just meant picking up a rock as you crossed and placing it at the field's edge.

That counsel stuck with Sister Amy Hereford, CSJ, who grew up on a 10-acre farm in Missouri where sheep roamed and blackberries grew wild. She planted whatever vegetable seemed to be lacking.

Obituary | Sr. Edith Vogel, CSJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Edith Vogel was celebrated Feb. 9 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County. Sister Edith, 93, died Feb. 6.

Born in St. Louis, she graduated from St. Alphonsus Liguori (Rock) High School and then worked in the credit office of Ely Walker Dry Goods Co., transcribing dictation. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1947 and made first profession in 1949 and final profession in 1952. Sister Edith received a bachelor's degree in elementary education/history from Fontbonne College in 1961.

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