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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.

Editorial | Ferguson? Who cares?

The words peace and justice have been spoken many times this month at commemorations for the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown in a confrontation with a Ferguson police officer.

We might have become frustrated when we saw media coverage of confrontations in the streets and gunshots ringing out late at night in Ferguson. But, please, let's get back on track.

Taking steps toward forgiveness in Ferguson on anniversary of Michael Brown's death

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Forgiveness.

Such a simple word, a mere 11 letters but at the heart of our Catholic faith. The words love, peace and justice also form our lives in service to our fellow man.

"Jesus tells us that if we receive Him as the Bread of Life, we will have His life within us," Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in his homily at the Mass for Peace and Justice Aug. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. "He shows what this life means on the Cross, when He forgives those who killed Him."

Editorial | After a year of healing we pray for peace, future

The days leading to Aug. 9 and the one-year anniversary of "Ferguson" are marked by uncertainty.

Simply, will there be violence, or not?

The hope is for peaceful commemorations of Michael Brown's life and death. The reality is that we just don't know; the racial violence of last summer and fall might be duplicated.

If so, hopefully, not as bad as Ferguson experienced last year, in the two-week siege after Brown's death and then after a St. Louis County grand jury opted not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Or maybe not at all.

Archbishop Carlson provides a pastoral presence in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited with the St. Louis City police Central Patrol Division on Nov. 24 to meet and pray with them before the announcement of the St. Louis County Grand Jury decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

At 8:26 p.m. Nov. 24, the word came down.

No indictment for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

News of the St. Louis County grand jury's "no true bill" spread quickly throughout the world. Twitter was ablaze in the figurative sense, and Ferguson soon joined it in the literal sense. Vandals rioted, looted and burned multiple businesses.

Ferguson prayer procession takes a humble route

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish led a peace walk through Ferguson Nov. 2. Members of 10 local churches sang hymns as they walked to city hall. Not knowing each other, but seeing that he needed a little assistance in walking, Walter Bland III, right, took the arm of Russ Watts to steady him as they processed through the streets.Image

On the morning of Nov. 2, it seemed as if the short prayer procession from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to Ferguson City Hall might not come off at all.

Concern had been expressed that the event, simply titled "Lean-In Prayer Procession," might be perceived as yet another in a long line of protests -- sometimes violent -- in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Community residents are weary of those.

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