Nadia Sharif, a senior at Hazelwood West High School, sketched during an evening of “art storming” at Good Shepherd Arts Center in Ferguson. The “art storming” was a way to come up with artistic ideas for a show set for August at multiple venues in and around Ferguson.

In one of those "God-cidental" moments, the woman who started the #ThisIsMyFerguson hashtag in August 2014 just happened to be at Good Shepherd Arts Center while director Sister Glynis Mary McManamon, RGS, was formulating an exhibit about Ferguson.

The working title was "My Ferguson," until that day in August 2017 when Stefannie Wheat dropped in.

"She kind of already had the idea," said Wheat, a parishioner at nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe. "She said, 'We're going to have a show called 'My Ferguson.' I asked, 'Do you mean, 'This is my Ferguson?" ... It took off from there."

‘Relevant and vibrant’

Father Robert Rosebrough and students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School created a Saints Hall of Fame at the school in 2014. The saints encourage the idea of the Catholic faith and the ambition to model and exemplify the call to sainthood.

Even before the first riot, arson and looting after the death of Michael Brown, the Catholic response already was underway via Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson.

Parishioners returning from the Catholic Women's Recognition Ceremony in Manchester felt the parish had to do something in response to Brown's death the previous day, Aug. 9, 2014. But what?

The answer: prayer. Led by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough, the parish prayed the Rosary the next night at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto.

Photographer uses positive lens

Captain Norman Mann, right, of St. Louis County police department accompanied protesters Aug. 23, 2014, two weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The photo is among those in the exhibit “Change the Narrative” at The Good Shepherd Gallery.

The Good Shepherd Gallery has come full circle.

Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, specifically chose Ferguson as home for her art ministry as a result of the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown Aug. 9, 2014. Ferguson was in need of good news and what better way than art to sooth the community. The gallery opened in November 2015.

Archbishop brings missionary discipleship message to Ferguson


In an informal setting on the second floor of the Ferguson Brewhouse, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson found an audience of Catholics receptive to the message of becoming missionary disciples.

The commission of missionary discipleship was the primary focus of the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America," a gathering in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month attended by Archbishop Carlson and 19 delegates of the archdiocese.

Rosary remains an outlet for love at Ferguson parish

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish prayed the rosary together for the two year anniversary of the death of  Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson. Father Robert Rosebrough led the rosary in the outdoor grotto.

The Appel family has grown by one in the two years since the faith community at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish first gathered in prayer after the death of Michael Brown nearby in a police officer-involved shooting.

Just 11 days old, Thomas Joseph "T.J." Appel joined mom Betsy, dad Jeff, brothers Michael and Jimmy and sisters Clare and Abby for a Rosary Aug. 29 at the parish's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto, marking the two-year anniversary of the shooting. About 50 people attended the Rosary, led now as it was then by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough.

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.

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