During World War II, the illustration "Rosie the Riveter" depicted a determined woman filling a man's dirty, factory job to help American troops fight the Axis powers.
Fast-forward about 75 years and you'll find a just-as-determined woman working in another dirty job to help her parish community fight a pressing issue of the day.
So it was that Jamie Hasemeier — dressed similarly to Rosie in a green bandana, a denim shirt, an apron and gloves on a late March day — unglamorously was sifting through garbage at Holy Redeemer Parish's fish fry.
VATICAN CITY — Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
As a spiritual work of mercy, the pope said, care for creation requires "a grateful contemplation of God's world," while as a corporal work, it calls for "simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness."
WASHINGTON — Thinking green isn't easy. Nor is it always cheap.
But for St. Michael Parish in Poway, Calif., north of San Diego, parishioners are already seeing the benefits — spiritual, financial and environmental — of a $1.3 million investment in a solar panel system.
The upcoming art show celebrating the one-year anniversary of "Laudato Si'" was in the works even before Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, opened Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson this past November.
For one, when Pope Francis's encyclical came out June 18, she was in France at an international meeting of her community — Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. "There was such a build-up," she said recently at the gallery on South Florissant Road. "When it came out, there was such an excitement that, really, I think it was in my mind."
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When Brian Wieliczka leads a tour of the Washington University Catholic Student Center, he's aiming for a conversion -- even if you're a faithful Catholic.
The conversion involves seemingly small actions that, when compounded, go a long way toward protecting the environment.
Wieliczka is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University. He also serves as the green projects manager at the Catholic Student Center, 6352 Forsyth Blvd., at the university.