Incarnate Word Academy students want "Peace for All"

Incarnate Word Academy senior, Ericka Scott.

With students coming from 44 zip codes in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Incarnate Word Academy has become a melting pot for discussion of all things Ferguson.

The all-girls Catholic school is in the north St. Louis County suburb of Bel-Nor, about five miles from West Florissant Road in Ferguson, where demonstrations have taken place since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.

Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

Lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Sgt. John Wall stood outside of the St. Louis County Police Department in Clayton.

Among the iconic images of the 9/11 tragedy, photographs of policemen and firefighters stand out: The first-responders were entering the doomed World Trade Center as most everyone else was filing out.

They embraced the danger of the moment, most going to their ultimate deaths, because the job requires it. First-responders sign up for this risk; they accept it as part of their service.

Understanding this characteristic is important; they willingly head toward danger, while most others flee.

Catholics show solidarity with Ferguson community


Sister Cathy Doherty, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, stood inside the church doors and greeted people as they left Sunday Mass on Nov. 16.

One couple lingered for while to chat with the School Sister of Notre Dame, before she thanked them for coming and bid them farewell.

Children's 'feliz' contrasts with rough past

Together at last

(To see Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's message, see

For more than seven years, the four girls stayed in Honduras without their mother, in homes where they were neglected or abused. They had about a half dozen caregivers, all but a couple of them caring only about the money they were sent to care for them.

The girls’ mother, Lizeth Gavarrete, left Honduras for the United States just as her mother did when Gavarrete was just age 4. Gavarrete was seeking work and fleeing an abusive relationship.

Sister Rosario Delaney celebrates 50 years at Holy Infant School in grand style

lisa Johnston |  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto To the cheers of the school children, Sister Rosario Delaney was escorted into the gymnasium at Holy Infanct by Associate Pastors Father Thomas Vordtriede and Father Don Anstoetter.  A performance by the school, as a tribute to sister, included a short play of her life with a rendition  of "Haily Holy Queen" by all the teachers dressed as nuns.  Sister Rosario Delaney came from a small village in Ireland 50 years ago to teach school at a country town near St. Louis. The area is now bustling suburb and home of Holy Infant Parish and school.  They rejoice at the vibrant way sister teaches the Catholic faith.  A Mass to honor her years at the school was held in the school yard and was celebrated by many archdiocesan priests who attended her school as well at the main celebrant, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, another product of the Parish.

On a visit to the Shrine of Knock in Ireland, Sister Rosario Delaney made up her mind to enter the convent with the Sisters of Mercy in Drogheda. She was prepared to go where God was calling her, but little did she know that it would involve moving to a little country parish thousands of miles away in Ballwin, Missouri.

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