faith in ferguson

A year later, faith shines in Ferguson

Father John O'Brien, left, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church; and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, right, led a candle procession from the church to a grotto at the Faith in Ferguson prayer service Aug. 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson.

Appropriately, the final Faith in Ferguson prayer service ended with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to its grotto in honor of the parish namesake, Our Lady of Guadalupe — otherwise known as Mary, mother of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Carrying a candle flickering in the wind, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the procession of about 300 souls, also carrying candles, shortly after closing his reflection with a request of the Blessed Virgin.

Editorial | After a year of healing we pray for peace, future

The days leading to Aug. 9 and the one-year anniversary of "Ferguson" are marked by uncertainty.

Simply, will there be violence, or not?

The hope is for peaceful commemorations of Michael Brown's life and death. The reality is that we just don't know; the racial violence of last summer and fall might be duplicated.

If so, hopefully, not as bad as Ferguson experienced last year, in the two-week siege after Brown's death and then after a St. Louis County grand jury opted not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Or maybe not at all.

Father Rosy seeks to sow seeds of peace and justice in Ferguson and beyond

Marina Cahill, right, attended the Faith in Ferguson prayer service June 2 led by Father Robert “Rosy” Rosebrough, left, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson. “This is where we’re going to go from here,” said Cahill, referring to her prayer group. “Ferguson is going to make a difference to the world.”

Since August 2014, Father Robert Rosebrough's message has remained consistent, that the racial issues and tension unleashed after the shooting death of Michael Brown lurk just below the surface throughout the St. Louis area.

Accepting Jesus' call to welcome the strangers among us

Marie Kenyon, center, talked with Daughters of Charity Sister Joan Kuester, left, and Sister Loretto Gettemeier before the Faith in Ferguson gathering May 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson. Kenyon, director of the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, gave the keynote address at the prayer service.

Before the violence in Ferguson last summer, the hot-button issue was immigration, though the word "immigration" inadequately describes the human tragedy.

Even declaring the immigration "undocumented" or "illegal" fails to describe the hardships at the United States-Mexico border, where droves of children arrive -- sans parents -- from Central America. Their families send them with strangers on a harrowing, nightmarish journey to escape gangs, violence and possibly death in countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Civil rights icon Sister Antona Ebo says spread the love of God

"We need to get out and tell the people that we are here to praise and magnify the Lord and worship him," Sister Antona Ebo told attendees of the Faith in Ferguson prayer gathering March 10 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Sister Antona Ebo, FSM, sat in the back of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and greeted the many who attended the sixth "Faith in Ferguson" prayer service March 10.

For about 20 minutes following the service, she shook hands, posed for pictures or just shared laughs and hugs in what quickly became a receiving line.

Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, who organizes "Faith in Ferguson," attributed the crowd of an estimated 300 to Sister Ebo's presence on the 50th anniversary date of her participation in a Voting Rights march in Selma, Ala.

Flat tire fails to deflate priest's mission in Ferguson

Father Art Cavitt, pastor of St. Nicholas Parish Downtown, was the main speaker at the Faith in Ferguson gathering Feb. 17 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson. Father Cavitt spoke of Black History Month being “human history” for all. Lisa Johnston |

Father Art Cavitt's day had gone pretty much as planned.

He handled duties as executive director of the St. Charles Lwanga Center and as pastor at St. Nicholas Parish, and he would end the workday by leading the monthly archdiocesan "Faith In Ferguson" prayer service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson -- just 11.6 miles and a 17-minute drive from St. Nicholas via Interstate 70.

Father Art left in plenty of time to arrive early, kibitz and relax a bit before the 4:30 prayer service, but ...

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