sister antona ebo

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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Congressional Gold Medal honors ‘foot soldiers’ of rights marches, including Charles Vatterott

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

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Sister Antona Ebo, 92, a Franciscan Sister of Mary, is a pioneer in our nation's fight for civil rights. She travels the country spreading a message of love, compassion and respect for others.

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."

Civil rights icon Sister Antona Ebo says spread the love of God

"We need to get out and tell the people that we are here to praise and magnify the Lord and worship him," Sister Antona Ebo told attendees of the Faith in Ferguson prayer gathering March 10 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Sister Antona Ebo, FSM, sat in the back of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and greeted the many who attended the sixth "Faith in Ferguson" prayer service March 10.

For about 20 minutes following the service, she shook hands, posed for pictures or just shared laughs and hugs in what quickly became a receiving line.

Sister Cathy Doherty, SSND, who organizes "Faith in Ferguson," attributed the crowd of an estimated 300 to Sister Ebo's presence on the 50th anniversary date of her participation in a Voting Rights march in Selma, Ala.

'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.

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