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Embrace, love people is advice to Hispanic leaders at 'Heart to Heart Talk' in Ferguson

The Heart to Heart Talk — una charla, Corazón a Corazón — grew out of curiosity mainly, arising from the juxtaposition of the national Hispanic ministry conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to Ferguson, just five miles away, and violence there starting with the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer just about two years ago.

Ferguson business owner 'overwhelmed by love, kindness, service'

Eugene Gillis plays his trumpet in front of the burned-out shell of Juantia's Fashions R Boutique on Nov. 28 along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson. After the violence of Nov. 2, Gillis wanted to brighten the mood and engage onlookers in positive conversation.

Plywood covered the broken front windows of her restaurant, the back door served as the main entrance, and no diners appeared on this afternoon.

Yet, Maria Flores counted her blessings.

"God was watching over us," Flores said, standing in the intact dining area at El Palenque restaurant about a block from the Ferguson Police Department.

A response to 'brokenness'

Photo by Lisa Johnston |
Dorothy Frese, a parishioner of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, prayed the Rosary with some 150 others outside the church. Father Robert “Rosy” Rosebrough, pastor of Blessed Teresa, is helping the Ferguson community to promote unity and healing by praying the Rosary together in the grotto. The prayer gatherings will continue each Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Three days after the shooting of Michael Brown and two days after the start of rioting in Ferguson, about 500 people gathered to celebrate back-to-school night at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish.

School children, their families and former school families as well came out to "let the world know that we are people of faith and the seed of love and hope resides in our hearts," as pastor Father Robert Rosebrough said.

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