The legacy of a gentle soul


Sister Mary Antona Ebo was remembered as a gentle soul whose legacy of standing for justice and equality will continue to live in others.

The Franciscan Sister of Mary was praised at a funeral Mass Nov. 20 at St. Alphonsus Liguori "Rock" Church in north St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presided at the Mass, along with Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso, Bishop Terry Steib of the Diocese of Memphis (a former St. Louis auxiliary bishop), and about two dozen other priests.

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Obituary | Sister Mary Antona Ebo, FSM


Sister Mary Antona Ebo, a Franciscan Sister of Mary whose courageous words during the March 10, 1965, march in Selma, Ala., became a rallying cry for many in the Civil Rights movement, died Nov. 11 at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton. She was 93 and was a Franciscan Sister of Mary for 71 years.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 20, at St. Alphonsus "Rock" Church, 1118 N. Grand Blvd. in north St. Louis. Visitation will take place at 9 a.m., preceding the Mass. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside at the Mass.

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Young became United States Ambassador to the United Nations then mayor of Atlanta.

Honoring a legacy of marchers in Selma, Ala.

Thousands of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., March 8 as part of a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the state capital.

Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, jumped right back into meetings and work March 10-11 after returning to St. Louis on the 9th, so there was no rest for the weary.

But the fatigue was well worth it. Sister Barbara spent five days in Selma, Ala., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the voting rights marches led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A native St. Louisan, Sister Barbara traveled to Selma in 1965 with a contingent from the Diocese of Kansas City answering Dr. King's call for the support of clergy after "Bloody Sunday."

'Selma' prompts painful memories for nun who marched

Sister Barbara Moore, CSJ, was the first African-American to join her religious congregation in 1955. She marched in Selma, Ala., in 1965, served in health care and now spends time with women at the Nia Kuumba House of Discernment in St. Louis. The center focuses on the spiritual and cultural traditions of faith in the community.

Sister Barbara Moore wanted to see "Selma," but by herself "because emotionally I knew it would probably be impactful."

So on Jan. 18, the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet sat alone in the theater at the St. Louis Galleria and watched the movie about the events of 50 years ago this March -- the voting rights marches and protests led by Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Ala.

Through her witness in civil rights history, Sister Antona Ebo serves as example of faith lived out for the better of others

LISA JOHNSTON | In 1965 Sister Mary Antona Ebo, FSM was one of six women religious working in the archdiocese who responded to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s request to march in Selma, Alabama.  The protest march followed what was known as "Bloody Sunday" when Alabama troopers attacked blacks trying to march from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights. Archdiocese of St. Louis sent the single largest group, a delegation of 51.

For many years, Sister Antona Ebo has been hailed for her contributions to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The Franciscan Sister of Mary, who was among those who went to Selma, Ala., in March of 1965 to march for voting rights for African Americans, still shares her story today. But her story is not just a recounting of the historical events from Selma almost 50 years ago — it's also about how faith has shaped the person she is.

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