special collection

Sister describes Native American spiritual leader as 'gentle' man

When Sister Janice Munier, SSND, received a packet of materials to help promote the U.S. bishops' annual Black and Indian Mission collection this month, she was surprised to see a familiar face on the promotional poster.

Editorial | Honor their service to us

Visiting with a longtime member of a religious community can bring many rewards. Their smiles and laughter are contagious. Their wisdom, attitude toward service and experiences are inspirational.

As Archbishop Robert J. Carlson wrote in his letter on the Nov. 2 and 3 collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, "through hard work, prayer and sacrifice, they built Catholic schools and hospitals, initiated programs to promote social justice and ministered to the neediest among us."

Retired religious reaches out to others

Sister Paula Patrice Michaud, right, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is retired from her work as a teacher and hospital worker with the order. She walked with Margie Campbell, a friend who works in dining services at the facility.

Sister Paula Patrice Michaud soon will be age 88 and will celebrate 70 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

She doesn't rest on her laurels though, and now volunteers to work part time at the front desk of the sisters' motherhouse in south St. Louis, "greeting the dear neighbor" as she calls her efforts to assist callers and visitors.

Collection to aid tornado relief efforts

Efforts are under way in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to assist with the needs of residents of Moore, Okla., who were affected by a massive tornado that hit the community May 20.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, writing to priests of the archdiocese, called the Oklahoma twister a tragedy of unprecedented proportions. He has asked parishes to take up a special collection this month to assist in recovery efforts in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma and other natural disasters in the country this year.

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