Woodworker's generosity seen at schools, hospital, retreats

Lisa Johnston | | twitter: @aeternusphoto
Oliver Schuler held a wooden cross made by Leo Odendahl as he lay in a hospital bed after major surgery.

Franciscan Father Bill Cardy used a small wooden cross in giving a blessing to Oliver Schuler in a patient's room at St. Anthony's Medical Center. Schuler, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Ferguson, was recovering from a nine-hour back surgery.

"God be with you," Father Cardy said at the conclusion of the blessing. Father Cardy remarked that despite what he was going through, Schuler had a pleasant, even joyful attitude during their visits.

Street evangelizers hit the sidewalk, bring the faith to St. Louis


Sherri Devany was on her way to work at the Arch when she was stopped just outside the Old Cathedral.

"Would you like a free rosary?"

Chip Awalt extended his hand, clutching a bright, plastic-beaded devotional. Devany, a Lutheran, grinned and obliged him.

"I've never owned a rosary before," she said. "This is awesome!"

Serve, care for each other, pope tells families at closing Mass

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto  Pope Francis closed the 2015 World Meeting of Families with an outdoor Mass celebrated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

PHILADELPHIA -- Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each other as freely as God loves the human family.

The pope called upon the faithful to embrace signs that the Holy Spirit can work through everyone. He referred to the readings in the multilingual Mass -- from the Book of Numbers and the Gospel of Mark -- in which members of the faith community questioned the work of those not part of their group and for prophesying in the name of God.

Let freedom ring!

Lisa Johnston | | Twitter @aeternusphoto Pope Francis walks from Independence Hall to deliver an address in Philadelphia Sept. 26

PHILADELPHIA -- Not far from where the Liberty Bell is on display, Pope Francis urged the people of the United States to continue to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," as the bell's inscription says.

Meeting Sept. 26 with members of the Hispanic community and immigrants at Independence National Historical Park, the pope said when governments respect human rights and freedoms, especially the right to religious liberty, they benefit from their citizens' respect and care for others.

Papa-palooza afternoon of family fun is a hit

Franciscan of the Martyr St. George Sister M. Pieta, right, prepared for a game of Hula-palooza Sept. 19 at Papa-palooza, the local celebration in honor of the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit to the United States at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The game, similar to musical chairs, involved competitors circling hula hoops on the ground until the music stopped.

Mike and Mary Blum's five children went fishing at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary on Sept. 19 -- sort of, anyway.

The children, two of them wearing St. Paul in Fenton uniforms after just arriving from a soccer game, took part in the "Fishers of Men (People)" game. The version of a Hungry, Hungry Hippo game -- having children guided around on a small, rolling platform and a basket to capture wiffle balls -- was marked by a sign that included a Scripture reference to Jesus' call to two fishermen-disciples to follow Him.

A life of service in Christ: New leadership core at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary has a passion for vocations and formation

Father James Mason, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, processed into the chapel for Mass.

Two have law degrees, and the third is a one-time pre-med student with an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry.

From a purely secular viewpoint, their backgrounds portend to successful careers in law or medicine. The accoutrements of success awaited.

Except in the cases of James Mason, Paul Hoesing and Mark Kramer, big houses and fancy cars held no appeal as the be-all, end-all. Each found something lacking in his life on the road to inevitable success and financial bliss.


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