Ministry’s refusal to give up on people pays off


At an apartment in south St. Louis, Jerome Arnold greeted Phillip Melton as if they were old friends. But they'd only met a month earlier, after Melton had been released from prison.

Melton told Arnold that the move was simple, he'd unpacked and even lost weight. Most importantly, he hadn't had an alcoholic drink since he left prison.

"Way to go," Arnold praised Melton, referring to him as, "a good man, a good person, not a hassle."

Women’s conference a ‘booster shot of faith’


Kayla Kleekamp describes the Catholic Women for Christ Conference as "a breath of fresh air."

This was the second year the sophomore at Washington High School attended the conference, a day of uplifting talks, prayer, sacraments and best of all — a time to share in lighthearted camaraderie among fellow women. More than 900 women attended the ninth annual conference March 10 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Minneapolis Parish throws party for homeless displaced by Super Bowl

Larry Ligocki, a volunteer at St. Olaf Church in Minneapolis, talked with a homeless guest at a Super Bowl party Feb. 4. A church-run shelter near U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the Super Bowl, was temporarily moved to St. Olaf so that guests could be outside of a secure area surrounding the stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS — A woman exclaimed, "Right there, that's what I thought!" as she watched Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throw the first touchdown of the Super Bowl Feb. 4.

Watching the game on a TV at St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis, she cheered all the more when the Eagles were on defense, exclaiming "don't let them get a touchdown" as they held the New England Patriots to a field goal on their first drive.

Later, she yelled, "Yes," as the Eagles broke up another pass by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Eagles went on to beat the Patriots 41-33.

Catholic Men for Christ Conference builds the Kingdom of God

The 11th annual Catholic Men for Christ Conference will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.

Guided by the Four Pillars — Conversion, Reconciliation, Discipleship, and Evangelization — the Catholic Men for Christ Conference is dedicated to building the Kingdom of God in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and beyond by engaging, educating, and encouraging Catholic men to live their faith and to lead their families in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Bishop DuBourg’s arrival 200 years ago helped transform St. Louis into the ‘Rome of the West’


In the second decade of the 1800s, Catholicism was teetering in the future Archdiocese of St. Louis.

"Catholics in the area had 'calloused hearts' and 'extreme indifferentism,'" an archdiocesan history reports. "There were few priests, religion practice was spasmodic and the quality of faith was uneven."

The church, at the site of the current Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, "was a tumbledown log building which needed a lot of repair." And the rectory was little more than a shack or barn, without doors, floors, windows and furniture.

Filling bellies and minds


Kim Davis came home one day last spring to find three neighborhood kids sitting on the front steps of her home in the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis.

She didn't know them. They got up to scatter, and she told them, "You don't have to go anywhere." After a few minutes of conversation, the youngest asked for a nickel. The kids didn't have much food in the house, and they wanted something to eat. An older sibling chimed in, and asked if there was anything they could do to earn a little bit of money.

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