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.
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.
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.