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Ministry’s refusal to give up on people pays off


At an apartment in south St. Louis, Jerome Arnold greeted Phillip Melton as if they were old friends. But they'd only met a month earlier, after Melton had been released from prison.

Melton told Arnold that the move was simple, he'd unpacked and even lost weight. Most importantly, he hadn't had an alcoholic drink since he left prison.

"Way to go," Arnold praised Melton, referring to him as, "a good man, a good person, not a hassle."

SLUH’s patience pays off with Mid-States hockey title


After winning the Mid-States High School Hockey Challenge Cup Championship, the St. Louis University High team didn't want their on-ice celebration to end. So the driver of the Zamboni ice resurfacer waited patiently. But he needed to go to work.

As a compromise, the Junior Billikens moved the jubilation to the hallway and locker room under the stands at Scottrade Center, where they had defeated De Smet Jesuit High School 4-0 on March 13.

Preaching against Racism


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson invited clergy to preach about racism during Masses the first Sunday in Lent.

His request was "in response to the many challenges we have had since Ferguson (following a police shooting), and again this past summer and fall in the St. Louis area" following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville,Va., and the not-guilty verdict in the trial of a former St. Louis police officer charged with first-degree murder in a shooting death in 2011.


Rockwood Summit High School students Sam Kesselring and Alex McHugh constructed walls for the tiny house. The students are part of a Geometry in Construction class that is building tiny houses that will help people transition out of homelessness. The project is the effort of several groups, including North Grand Neighborhood Services, Rockwood School District and Social Justice 4 All.

Gayle Piepho arrived late to a panel discussion on homelessness at Incarnate Word Parish. It was a long day. She was tired.

Then she perked up — and became the link between public high school students, who are building tiny houses for people who are homeless, and a faith-based organization supporting the effort through its mission to promote social justice.

Confident Villa Duchesne team helps coach to 200th win

Villa Duchesne's Arden Duffy made a long reach for the ball. Villa Duchesne won their match 2-0.

Confidence goes a long way in sports.

Villa Duchense's field hockey team is riding a wave of confidence into the playoffs, having defeated major rivals and solid St. Joseph's Academy, Lafayette and Cor Jesu Academy teams during the season.

Brooke Behan, a Villa Duchesne junior, said the team's four seniors lead the way. "We have a younger team without many seniors, but the seniors we do have are very strong," Behan said. "We've known since the beginning of the season that we've wanted to be very successful ... we are headed to postseason and are very excited about it."

The joy of giving


With the Annual Catholic Appeal and Beyond Sunday capital campaign running simultaneously in late spring, it would have been understandable if either or both fell short of monetary goals.

But this is the Rome of the West.

As usual, Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis opened their hearts, contributed generously and made both smashing successes.

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