Wrongful convictions: From death row to freedom

Reggie Griffin, a Missouri death row exoneree, told the crowd about his story on May 20 at an event at the St. Louis Galleria Lush store. Griffin along with fellow exoneree, Joe Amrine, were both convicted of murders they did not commit and spent years on death row before being exonerated.

Joe Amrine selected the music for his funeral service.

He wasn't sick, nor was he elderly. He was on Missouri's death row awaiting lethal injection.

In November 2001, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon asked the Missouri Supreme Court to set an execution date for Amrine and nine other men on death row. The court complied in six cases, but delayed in Amrine's case. By then a groundswell of support built for his exoneration in part because of a documentary, "Unreasonable Doubt: the Joe Amrine Case," by a group of university graduate students.

Obituary | Father Carl Dehne, SJ

A funeral Mass for Jesuit Father Carl Dehne was celebrated May 17 at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis. Father Dehne died May 13. He was 80 years old, a Jesuit for 58 years and a priest for 46 years.

Obituary | Deacon Raymond A. Dickerson Jr.

A funeral Mass for Deacon Raymond A. Dickerson, Jr. was celebrated May 16 at St. Peter Church in St. Charles. Deacon Dickerson died May 11. He was 82.

Born on May 25, 1934, in St. Louis, Deacon Dickerson married Myrna (Buschnann) Dickerson on April 23, 1955. They were blessed with two children: Holly Freeman and Beth Brinkley; along with four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Deacon Dickerson served in the United States Army before being honorably discharged.

Obituary | Father Robert L. Corbett

A funeral Mass for Father Robert L. Corbett, a retired parish pastor, was to be celebrated May 11 at Christ Prince of Peace Church in Manchester.

Father Corbett, 91, died May 8.

Born in St. Louis, Father Corbett studied as a seminarian in Rome, one of the first seminarians to study at the rebuilt North American College, and was ordained a priest there in 1951 by Archbishop Martin J. O'Connor.

DEAR FATHER | We must commit ourselves to prayer for loved ones who have died

Thank you for asking this difficult question. It's a question that I believe is on the heart of many after a funeral. Unfortunately, it isn't brought up very often. After all, we don't want to say or think anything negative about our loved one, nor do we want to doubt the power of God's merciful love for anyone. This question remains something nagging our mind that we rarely address.

Obituary | Sr. Patricia Keating, OP

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Sparkill Dominican Sister Patricia Keating May 2 at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Sparkill, N.Y.

Sister Patricia, 74, died April 27 at Siena Hall in Sparkill.

Born in Bronx, N.Y., Sister Patricia entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill in 1960 and received the name Sister Kevin Michael. She professed first vows in 1962 and final vows in 1967.

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