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Embrace, love people is advice to Hispanic leaders at 'Heart to Heart Talk' in Ferguson

The Heart to Heart Talk — una charla, Corazón a Corazón — grew out of curiosity mainly, arising from the juxtaposition of the national Hispanic ministry conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to Ferguson, just five miles away, and violence there starting with the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer just about two years ago.

'Beacons of hope' perform the work of the Lord

The St. Charles Lwanga Center honored Brenda Mahr for her work with the Employment Connection, a nonprofit agency that finds work for ex-offenders and assists individuals with limited opportunities become self-sufficient. She spoke to students learning how to write a resume.

In the invocation at the 32nd annual St. Charles Lwanga Center Testimonial Dinner, archdiocesan chancellor Nancy Werner hit the nail on the proverbial head.

The St. Louis area "more than ever needs beacons of hope," she said, simply, in reference to violence last year in Ferguson and tension which persists almost eight months later.

Those beacons would be evident on this day, she said.

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 | lisajohnston@archstl.org

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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Father Arthur Cavitt

A few weeks ago, someone reminded me of the North City Deanery Revival in 2006, when I preached for three consecutive nights. Neither of us knew that years later, I would become pastor at the very site of that revival -- St. Nicholas Parish in downtown St. Louis.

Director of CCHD looks for ways to solve issues

Ralph McCloud, the national director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), met with Father Art Cavitt at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish rectory in Ferguson. McCloud works on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in fighting poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families and communities.

Ralph McCloud, the director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development, had what he called "a whirlwind" visit to St. Louis from Sept. 10 to Sept. 13.

He spoke with Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, St. Charles Lwanga Center executive director Father Art Cavitt and others in a series of meetings to identify the archdiocese's financial needs as it responds to the violence -- what he called "this sad situation in Ferguson" -- in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Transformation happening at St. Charles Lwanga Center

Daija Loggins credits her future to her association with the St. Charles Lwanga center where she began to learn about herself as a black Catholic. Her journey through the Kujenga (meaning “build” in Swahili) program provided leadership development which she, now as a young adult, is helping to pass along as a mentor in the program. Loggins is studying early elementary education at Missouri Baptist University and studied on the campus in St. Louis.

In the 1990's sitcom Seinfeld, Elaine warns an employee that her friend George is a "bad seed."

"A horrible seed," she says. "One of the worst seeds I've ever seen."

Ultimately, she takes it back, describing him as a "fine seed."

Father Art Cavitt might use that term to describe Daniel Crawford, a 21-year-old from Florissant who has transformed himself into a good seed at St. Charles Lwanga Center.

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