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The legacy of a gentle soul


Sister Mary Antona Ebo was remembered as a gentle soul whose legacy of standing for justice and equality will continue to live in others.

The Franciscan Sister of Mary was praised at a funeral Mass Nov. 20 at St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Church in north St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presided at the Mass, along with Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso, Bishop Terry Steib of the Diocese of Memphis (a former St. Louis auxiliary bishop), and about two dozen other priests.

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Sister Antona Ebo encourages 'looking under the rug' in Ferguson

Sister Antona Ebo visited with Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol on her visit to Ferguson in August.

Sister Antona Ebo, FSM, lives in a senior retirement apartment about eight miles from the unrest in Ferguson, but time and distance disappear when she correlates it to the civil rights movement and her part of a march in Selma, Ala., on March 10, 1965.

Franciscan Sisters of Mary investments going to clean-energy firms

Sister Evelyn Peterman, left, Sister Jeanne Derer, center, and Sister Priscilla Weber, all Franciscan Sisters of Mary, stood along St. Charles Rock Road near the entrance to West Lake Landfill complex in Bridgeton. The sisters gather with other religious and local residents every other week as they continue to raise awareness of the troubling fires smoldering near radioactive waste inside the facility.

The Franciscan Sisters of Mary are divesting of companies that profit from fossil-fuel production and directing investments to projects and companies that increase energy independence and decrease greenhouse-gas emissions.

The community of women religious has pledged $10 million to support businesses and entrepreneurs that generate market-rate financial returns while making a measurable social and/or environmental impact.

Franciscan Sisters of Mary join effort for safe cleanup of landfill

Members of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary joined in prayer after touring the Bridgeton and West Lake landfills in Bridgeton June 7.

Residents and others concerned for years about the cleanup of radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton have gained a new ally in the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.

Obituary | Sr. Teresa Marie Schmitz, FSM, 92, Dies

A memorial Mass was celebrated May 21 in the Marian Chapel at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton for Sister Teresa Marie Schmitz, a Franciscan Sister of Mary for 76 years.

Sister Teresa, who served as a nurse, radiology technologist and pastoral associate, died May 13 at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton. She was 92.

Through her witness in civil rights history, Sister Antona Ebo serves as example of faith lived out for the better of others

LISA JOHNSTON | In 1965 Sister Mary Antona Ebo, FSM was one of six women religious working in the archdiocese who responded to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s request to march in Selma, Alabama.  The protest march followed what was known as "Bloody Sunday" when Alabama troopers attacked blacks trying to march from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights. Archdiocese of St. Louis sent the single largest group, a delegation of 51.

For many years, Sister Antona Ebo has been hailed for her contributions to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The Franciscan Sister of Mary, who was among those who went to Selma, Ala., in March of 1965 to march for voting rights for African Americans, still shares her story today. But her story is not just a recounting of the historical events from Selma almost 50 years ago — it's also about how faith has shaped the person she is.

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